The Runner Stumbles

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The Runner Stumbles ★½ 1979 (R)

Dated melodrama about a priest who goes on trial for murdering the nun with whom he fell in love in a mining town in the 1920s. Based on a true incident, from the play by Milan Stiff. Van Dyke in an unwanted serious role is miserably grim and wooden. 109m/C VHS . Dick Van Dyke, Kathleen Quinlan, Maureen Stapleton, Ray Bolger, Beau Bridges, Tammy Grimes; D: Stanley Kramer; M: Ernest Gold.