The Ceremony (1963)

105 mins | Melodrama | 1963

Director:

Laurence Harvey

Writer:

Ben Barzman

Producer:

Laurence Harvey

Cinematographer:

Brian West

Editor:

Ralph Kemplen

Production Designer:

Ramiro Gómez

Production Companies:

Laurence Harvey Productions, Magla
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HISTORY

Filmed in Spain. Spanish title: La ceremonia . Sources conflict in crediting ... More Less

Filmed in Spain. Spanish title: La ceremonia . Sources conflict in crediting photographer. More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
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CREDITED AS
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DIRECTORS
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Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Addl dial
Addl dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Photog (see note)
2nd unit cam
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
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Cost
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LITERARY
Based on the novel La cérémonie by Frédéric Grendel (Paris, 1951).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
La ceremonia
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 25 December 1963
Duration(in mins):
105
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After a bank holdup in Tangiers, in the course of which a guard is killed, Irishman Sean McKenna, the leader of the gang responsible for the crime, is arrested for the murder. Though he is innocent, the sadistic French public prosecutor, LeCoq, is determined that an example be made, and Sean is sentenced to death by the firing squad. Catherine, his girl friend, persuades his brother, Dominic, to help arrange an escape by promising to run away with him once Sean is freed; and they are aided in the plan by Sean's friend Nicky. Aided by a bribed jailer, Dominic disguises himself as a priest and is permitted to enter the death cell. After changing clothes with his brother, Dominic blows up the prison power house and then escapes by rope ladder. Garbed in the priest's clothing, Sean walks out of the prison gates during the confusion. Reunited with Catherine and Dominic, Sean learns of their affair, and a violent fight ensues. With the arrival of the police, the three escape. As Dominic leads police away from his brother, his car crashes and bursts into flame. His face burned beyond recognition, Dominic is mistaken for Sean and brought back to the prison. The priest, Father O'Brien, hears Dominic's confession but is unable to give absolution because Dominic refuses to reveal his true identity. Sean learns of the situation and rushes to the prison, but Dominic has already been executed, even though most of the firing squad refused to fire their guns. Sean carries his dead brother's body into the ... +


After a bank holdup in Tangiers, in the course of which a guard is killed, Irishman Sean McKenna, the leader of the gang responsible for the crime, is arrested for the murder. Though he is innocent, the sadistic French public prosecutor, LeCoq, is determined that an example be made, and Sean is sentenced to death by the firing squad. Catherine, his girl friend, persuades his brother, Dominic, to help arrange an escape by promising to run away with him once Sean is freed; and they are aided in the plan by Sean's friend Nicky. Aided by a bribed jailer, Dominic disguises himself as a priest and is permitted to enter the death cell. After changing clothes with his brother, Dominic blows up the prison power house and then escapes by rope ladder. Garbed in the priest's clothing, Sean walks out of the prison gates during the confusion. Reunited with Catherine and Dominic, Sean learns of their affair, and a violent fight ensues. With the arrival of the police, the three escape. As Dominic leads police away from his brother, his car crashes and bursts into flame. His face burned beyond recognition, Dominic is mistaken for Sean and brought back to the prison. The priest, Father O'Brien, hears Dominic's confession but is unable to give absolution because Dominic refuses to reveal his true identity. Sean learns of the situation and rushes to the prison, but Dominic has already been executed, even though most of the firing squad refused to fire their guns. Sean carries his dead brother's body into the prison. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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