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A Place in the Sun (1951)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 11 October 1951 (France)
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A poor boy gets a job working for his rich uncle and ends up falling in love with two women.

Director:

George Stevens

Writers:

Theodore Dreiser (novel), Patrick Kearney (play) | 2 more credits »
Won 6 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Montgomery Clift ... George Eastman
Elizabeth Taylor ... Angela Vickers
Shelley Winters ... Alice Tripp
Anne Revere ... Hannah Eastman
Keefe Brasselle ... Earl Eastman
Fred Clark ... Bellows
Raymond Burr ... Dist. Atty. R. Frank Marlowe
Herbert Heyes ... Charles Eastman
Shepperd Strudwick ... Anthony Vickers
Frieda Inescort ... Mrs. Ann Vickers
Kathryn Givney ... Louise Eastman
Walter Sande ... Art Jansen - George's Attorney
Ted de Corsia ... Judge R.S. Oldendorff
John Ridgely ... Coroner
Lois Chartrand Lois Chartrand ... Marsha
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The young and poor George Eastman (Montgomery Clift) leaves his religious mother and Chicago, Illinois and arrives in California expecting to find a better job in the business of his wealthy uncle Charles Eastman (Herbert Heyes). His cousin Earl Eastman (Keefe Brasselle) advises him that there are many women in the factory and the basic rule is that he must not hang around with any of them. George meets the worker of the assembly line, Alice Tripp (Shelley Winters), in the movie theater and they date. Meanwhile, the outcast George is promoted and he meets the gorgeous Angela Vickers (Dame Elizabeth Taylor) at a party thrown at his uncle's house. Angela introduces him to the local high society and they fall in love with each other. However, Alice is pregnant and she wants to get married to George. During a dinner party at Angela's lake house with parents, relatives, and friends, Alice calls George from the bus station and gives him thirty minutes to meet her; otherwise she will crash ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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I'm in trouble, George... bad trouble See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Trivia

Dame Elizabeth Taylor's "white lilac" gown became a fashion sensation and sold many copies and patterns. See more »

Goofs

The convertible that George and Alice leave open all night in the pouring rain would be swamped with water the next morning when George leaves Alice's apartment. See more »

Quotes

Angela: i'll love you for as long as I live.
George Eastman: Love me for as long as I have left. Then forget me.
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Featured in Edith Head: The Paramount Years (2002) See more »

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My Silent Love
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Written by Edward Heyman and Dana Suesse
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As someone who DID read the book first...
23 August 2001 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

I can only say that George Stevens' version of Theodore Dreiser's "An American Tragedy" is not what I envisioned when I read the book. Therefore, I came away disappointed at the screen treatment with Liz Taylor (beautiful but shallow), Montgomery Clift (beautiful but shallow) and poor Shelley Winters looking like a drab little wren. An air of artificiality hangs over every scene, every slow-moving scene, and only increases by the time the story arrives at the courtroom climax where an unrestrained Raymond Burr is allowed to chew the scenery.

This is NOT the great picture everyone always says it is. It's one of those films that dates badly. Evidently, fans of Liz Taylor and Monty Clift are starry-eyed about their favorite actors and refuse to see the weaknesses in the plodding story and the thinly sketched characters. Elizabeth Taylor had much better roles in her future career (Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, Giant) and Montgomery Clift would make an unforgettable Morris Townsend in The Heiress. Their acting here is as self-conscious as the arty camerawork that frames them in huge romantic close-ups.

The novel had much more depth and meaning than this watered down version of the story. Read it and you will wonder what all the fuss was about when "A Place in the Sun" was released. Vastly overrated and noteworthy only for the sincere performance of Shelley Winters and Franz Waxman's interesting background score.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1951 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$2,295,304 (estimated)
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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