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Little Foxes [Import]

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the True Greats of Cinema Jan. 3 2004
The first thing you notice at the end of 'The Little Foxes' is that, for a change, Ms. Davis' performance hasn't overshadowed all those around her. Although touted as the main character, Davis' portrayal of Regina is a cleverly understated performance, lacking almost all of the trademark Davis moves (the constant cigarette, the acidic voice) that we've come to know and love. She plays it down, to huge success, and gives what is one of her best ever performances in this 1941 production of Lilian Hellman's smart, insightful play.
The titular 'Little Foxes' are Regina and her greedy, scheming brothers, Ben (Charles Dingle) and Oscar (Carl Benton Reid). The Hubbard Boys are from a once-wealthy family, fallen on hard times in a Southern community where wealth and family prestige are interchangable. They each need a share of $75,000 dollars to bring a lucrative Yankee cotton mill to their town, and will stop at nothing to get it. Regina, who has married money, and possessing an intelligence and drive that both of her brothers lack, fails to legitimately get her share of the capital from her ailing husband Horace (Herbert Marshall). Under increasing pressure from their Yankee investor, the Hubbards beg, borrow and steal for the money, at the risk and ultimate destruction of all those around them.
Bette Davis is, in 'The Little Foxes', simply one of several excellent performances given by a highly-talented ensemble cast. Charles Dingle and Carl Benton Reid are superb as the Hubbard Boys, both being highly individual characters while retaining familial similarities. Ben Hubbard is non-confrontational and winning, whereas Oscar is quick to anger and wades in with all guns blazing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Power Hungry Southern Family April 25 2004
This is in the deep south, right after the turn of the century. There are a brother and sister Hubbard, who want money and lots of it. They don't care about their wives,husbands or children, all they want is money and power. Regina is the most calculating, this is Bette Davis's character. They want to get a cotton mill and Regina will sacrafice her husbands health and her daughter's happiness to get her hands on money so she can gain control of the main share of the mill. Blood is not thicker than greed. This film is chilling in that it shows how corruption and greed survived then as it survives now.
Lisa Nary
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gloriously Atmospheric Moral Fable Feb. 16 2004
By snalen
Ben and Oscar Hubbard (Charles Dingle and Carl Benton Reid), their sister Regina Giddens (Bette Davis) and Oscar´¿s son Leo (Dan Duryea) are not nice people. They are a family of profiteering entrepreneurs who have grown to prominence in a small southern town, grabbing the assets of its oldest aristocratic family through Oscar´¿s cynical marriage to Birdie (Patricia Collinge) who has since been driven to alcoholism by his abusive lovelessness. Ben and Oscar´¿s latest plot is to do a big deal with a business bigshot from Chicago who is keen to set up a new cotton mill with them on the understanding that the wages will be extremely low. Ben and Oscar are keen. Regina is keen. But Regina can´¿t come into the deal in her own right: she must persuade her husband to do so. And her husband Horace (Herbert Marshall) is a very different kind of man from her brothers. To complicate matters further he is dying. Meanwhile her daughter Alexandra (Teresa Wright) is getting close to idealistic young journalist David Hewitt (Richard Carlson) and, not, as her scheming relatives intend, to the useless and corrupt young Leo.
This 1941 movie is adapted from a Lillian Hellman´¿s classic 1939 play of the same year. The dates make it closer enough where we are - an era when the overwhelming political issue in the USA was whether to join a European war against Hitler. It´¿s not hard to see from this where Hellman´¿s sympathies lie. The movie´¿s theme is the division of humanity three ways: the bad people, the good people who fight the bad people and the good people who just sit by and watch the bad people as they destroy the world; and the clearly articulated thought is that, for good people, sitting by and watching, is not, ultimately, an option.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entirely worthy of serious movie buffs Sept. 6 2003
Here's another classic from the era when you had to know how to act to be in the movies, and dialogue was aimed at adults rather than dumbed down. The theme -- clash of values, family ties vs. avarice, just desserts -- is as old as time and we have all see it many times before. But strong and realistic character development, engaging drama, sophisticated plot and subplots, and effective period reenactment (South, circa 1900), gave it a new and compelling spin and made me want to follow it through closely to its conclusion. Pick this winner, reminiscent of Tennessee Williams' plays, when you want an evening of serious entertainment reflective of the quality that once built the industry now since fallen into gross mediocrity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to Be Greedy and Mean by Bette Davis June 7 2004
By J
Nobody played coldhearted, caustic and ruthless better than Bette Davis. She sweated acid. One can only imagine what her childhood must've been like. Fascinating on the screen but I wouldn't want to have known her in real life. The movie is just about perfect. Power and money corrupt absolutely. She gains the whole world but loses her soul in the process. A brilliant character study.
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1.0 out of 5 stars a VHS tape, what's a joke
Nowhere it says in item description that this is not a dvd. I just threw the tape to garbage. Next time, send a vhs player with the dynosaure tape.
Published 12 months ago by Moz'Etse
"The Little Foxes" is based on the play by Lillian Hellman. It stars Bette Davis as Regina, a ruthless matriarch in a Southern family steeped in deceit, fraud and betrayal. Read more
Published on Oct. 5 2003 by Nix Pix
5.0 out of 5 stars NEGLECTED MASTERPIECE....
William Wyler's film of Lillian Hellman's play is a fine old example of masterful filmmaking. Scripted by Hellman, it tells of the ultimate greedy Southern clan circa 1900. Read more
Published on Dec 31 2002 by Mark Norvell
4.0 out of 5 stars Good portrait of a greedy Southern family...
The Little Foxes is by no means an uplifting and heartwarming film, but it is certainly entertaining and offers some interesting insights on how far some greedy people are willing... Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2002 by ehakus
5.0 out of 5 stars GRAND
Bette Davis, what more can be said, a true classic, nasty, devious, cunning, she does it all with Davis style.
Published on June 25 2002 by B. Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars ...Will Make You Sick!
Bette Davis wants nothing more than to be rich and happy only problem is she is already wealthy and unhappy! Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2001 by A*
5.0 out of 5 stars BETTE DAVIS IS STELLAR...
This movie revolves around the greed of a trio of siblings, Regina, Ben, and Oscar, circa 1900 in the South. Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2001 by Lawyeraau
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Study
"The Little Foxes" is one of those rare dramas from the glorious studio days where the insightful dialogue and nastiness of character haven't been modified or censored. Read more
Published on Oct. 31 2001 by disco75
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