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A Place in the Sun (Full Screen)

Montgomery Clift , Elizabeth Taylor , George Stevens    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
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George Stevens won an Oscar for his 1951 adaptation of Theodore Dreiser's novel An American Tragedy, though the film seems a little overwrought today and even self-parodying at times. Still, Montgomery Clift's performance as a poor lad so drawn to a rich, beautiful girl (Elizabeth Taylor) that he contemplates killing his lower-class fiancée (Shelley Winters) is powerful, sympathetic, and mesmerizing. Taylor makes a strong impression, but Winters is awfully good in the less-glamorous role. The tone of the film is oppressive--the film doesn't exactly breathe with possibility--but there are lots of good reasons to give this movie a visit. --Tom Keogh

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Young up-and-comer George Eastman is thrust into the blue collar life of a rich uncle's family business where he's expected to learn the ropes from the bottom up. While paying his dues, Eastman becomes involved with Alice Tripp, a simple, trusting girl on the assembly line. When Eastman is finally introduced to high society he meets the gorgeous, sophisticated Angela Vickers and promptly forgets all about Alice. Only Alice won't be gotten rid of so easily - especially since their affair is about to result in an unexpected and (especially from Eastman) unwanted dividend. -- Written by A.L. Beneteau

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5.0 out of 5 stars Memorable performances April 7 2004
Excellent movie about the tragic consequences of pushing too hard to obtain the american dream. Montgomery Clift gives a realistic performance as the poor kid who makes it to the top at a high price. Liz Taylor is believable as the rich beauty who falls in love with Clift, and Shelly Winters is especially memorable as the poor factory worker who gets shoved aside by Clift after he meets Taylor. Beautifully made movie that makes you really get into the mind and heart of its protagonists. Highly Recommended.
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2.0 out of 5 stars erreur de description Feb. 27 2014
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Le description du DVD indiquait en langue Portugaise et Françcaise, celui reçu est en anglais seulement,
Mauvaise indication sur le site
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I was looking for! Nov. 9 2013
By Souris
Excellent! This film is extremely rare and I wasn't able to find it ANYWHERE. I was only able to find the Portugese version on Amazon until I found this, thank you!!!! Worth the $33! EXCELLENT FILM. A+
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Place in the Sun June 26 2013
By mater
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This is a sad movie but one I think I can watch over and over. Montgomery Clift was a very good actor. It is so nice to see acting with facial expressions and body movements, not just words. Shelley Winters does a good job too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking & Realistic April 8 2004
Ever wanted something you couldn't have? Ever wanted it so badly you'd kill to have it? In "A Place in the Sun" George Eastman (Montgomery Clift), a poor young man with big dreams, deals with these questions as he tries to make it to the top of the social ladder in spite of social prejudices from the richer Eastman clan.
As he pursues his dream of social grandeur, he falls in love with the beautiful and unatttainable Angela Vickers (Elizabeth Taylor), a rich socialite. But just as his dreams begin to come true, George is confronted by his ex girlfriend (Shelly Winters), a poor factory employee, who is pregnant with his baby and threatens to destroy his newly attained social lifestyle. Having made it to the top, however, George is determined to stay there at any cost - a decision that leads to tragic results.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Tragedy Turned to Melodrama Jan. 7 2004
It was probably inevitable that "An American Tragedy," in its evolution to screen, would become more about the doomed love affair of Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor than the moral and ethical dilemmas that really form the foundation of Theodore Dreiser's novel. After all, doomed love is a bigger sell, especially when you have the romantic faces of Clift and Taylor swooning together in extreme close-up.
I'm not a fan of doing book to movie comparisons. I figure that film and literature are two different art forms, so I shouldn't compare their rendering of the story anymore than I would compare the same story as presented in a painting as opposed to a ballet. So I tried to take the film on its own merits (admittedly difficult to do, since I watched the movie on the same day I finished the book), but even at that, I think the movie falls short.
Clift plays George Eastman, poor nephew to a rich, socially elite family in a small New York state factory town. He's been invited by his uncle to come and work in the Eastman factory, giving him an entre into a world of luxury that has always been out of his grasp due to his family's humble position (they run a mission and preach on the streets). George strikes up a love affair with Alice Tripp (Shelley Winters), a girl who works with him in the factory, but his attentions for her quickly fade when he becomes interested in Angela Vickers, another member of the rich set, played by Liz Taylor. Complications ensue, and George finds himself and his situation spiralling drastically out of control, with an ending more tragic than he ever thought possible.
George Stevens directs the film with a sure hand, and there are some breathtaking displays of directorial skill.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stop griping Dec 11 2003
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Format:VHS Tape
This film is a classic. The reviewer who says this film is overrated due to it being a 1950s film is wrong. He only wishes he could land a gorgeous beauty like Elizabeth Taylor. He only wishes he was as handsome as Montgomery Clift.
Miss Taylor is now using scenes from this movie to sell her new perfume. She has been working hard for AIDS research and awareness for two decades. Brava to her!!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars whats the big deal? Dec 6 2003
I'm not paying almost 30 dollars for a standard format DVD. I have this on VHS in standard and that does me fine until they release the DVD in widescreen. I can't believe people would pay that amount for something they can see on cable in standard format or buy the VHS at about half the price. Being deaf the extra features don't add anything because they are very, very rarely captioned.
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