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Paul Newman portrays a young man whose struggle for success threatens his personal happiness, in this well-scripted screen version of John O'Hara's best-selling novel. Having never known his father's love or respect, Alfred Eaton (Newman) sets out to prove himself in the business world. Marrying the "right" woman (Joanne Woodward), he works unceasingly, but is ultimately confronted with crises and choices that force him to rethink his priorities. Co-starring Myrna Loy as Alfred's alcoholic mother, Leon Ames as his embittered father, and Ina Balin as the woman who might bring him genuine happiness, From The Terrace is an absorbing tale of ambition, power and love fueled by sharp dialogue, complex characterizations and keen insight into the human heart.
From the Terrace is one of Paul Newman's lesser-known films, but it's a worthy showcase for the actor's developing screen persona. Like Butterfield 8, this is a slick, prestigious adaptation of a John O'Hara novel, about loose morals and forbidden love among the wealthy elite. Director Mark Robson lacks the mastery of melodrama that Douglas Sirk would've brought to this material, but he's still on target with O'Hara's tale of a prodigal son (Newman) who rejects his late father's steel mill in favor of big-business conquest, only to find his trophy wife (superbly played by Newman's off-screen wife, Joanne Woodward) straying into the arms of her former fiancé, while he falls in love with a socialite (Ina Balin) with whom he's much more compatible. A well-tuned drama of marital discord and unchecked ambition, From the Terrace was sharply adapted by Ernest Lehman between the triumphs of North by Northwest and West Side Story, and Newman's brooding performance gave him a solid boost to his iconic role in the 1961 classic The Hustler. --Jeff Shannon
Classic soap....great story, great acting....everyone is gorgeousPublished 3 months ago by Mrs. Anne Delsole
If you are a Paul Newman fan you will enjoy seeing him act with his real wife actress Joanne Newman. Read morePublished 4 months ago by mirabel
Yes this is an older movie but it is movie history. Paul Newman is amazing, both looking and acting. I had seen this movie years ago and decided to natch it again. Read morePublished 20 months ago by caseygirl
I think the beginning of the movie starts out slow, with only Myrna Loy to make it less slow. When it comes to the scene where Paul Newman's character first sets eyes on Joanne... Read morePublished on May 16 2007 by Bob
I saw this movie for at least the third time today and I told myself: go ahead and get this on DVD because you watch it every time it comes on TV. Read morePublished on March 26 2004
Based on John O'Hara's novel, Alfred Eaton wants success in his own right but also seeks happiness for himself. Read morePublished on Sept. 26 2002
I just caught this one on cable. I believe I missed about the first 5 minutes but saw the rest.
First, I should say I was captivated. Read more
It's not "The Long, Hot Summer" (which is a towering achievement in cinematic trash, and one of my favorite movies), but "From the Terrace" is fun. Read morePublished on May 26 2000 by hardly_b