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A Place in the Sun (Full Screen) [Import]

Montgomery Clift , Elizabeth Taylor , George Stevens    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 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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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Absurdly Overrated Nov. 24 2003
It has been my observation that there is a tendency among reviewers, both professional and amateur, to overrate movies from the fifties and earlier simply because they were hits in their time.
It's almost as if reviewers consider these movies to be "sacred" entities, that it would in fact be a mortal sin for them to fairly criticize them by today's standards. Perhaps there is also the fear of going against the grain of public opinion, being critical of a movie that the masses continue to hold up as "great". In few cases is this more evident than for the movie "A Place in the Sun", which, by the way, charts at #92 on AFI's list of the 100 greatest American movies of all time.
I have no problem in honoring movies from the early years of Hollywood for being significant or progressive for their time (like "All Quiet on the Western Front"), anymore than I do in honoring Vivaldi for his work in advancing music prior to Beethoven. But I do believe reviewers would do potential viewers a great service by realistically comparing older movies, particularly dramas, with their modern-day counterparts.
That being said, if the movie "A Place in the Sun" was remade using modern day actors and performed in precisely the same manner and style today, do you think anyone would realistically give it the kind of ratings seen on this forum (4 1/2 stars)? I think not. Instead, it would be ridiculed as being predictable, melodramatic, and dreadfully dull, and it would most likely receive a deservedly lower rating (not to mention an overall "thumbs down").
It should be pointed out that the one semi-bright spot in this movie is Elizabeth Taylor's typically radiant performance, but even that effort falls well short of making this a good movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Place in the Sun Sept. 17 2003
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Paramount Studios presents a 1951 version of Theodore Dreiser's novel "An American Tragedy." A Place in the Sun is a six-time Oscar winning movie staring Cliff Montyomery as George Eastman, Elizabeth Taylor as Angela Vickers and Shelley Winter as Alice Tripp.
The poor country boy George Eastman sets out west following promises for a better job working for his rich uncle in LA. He is given a job in one of his uncles factories where 90% of the employees are women with only one rule, 'He is not allowed to date the other employees'. George feels as though he is an out cast, waiting for a shot at some real challenge, and finds it as he falls for a poor girl working at the factory. He falls in love with Alice Tripp (Shelley Winters) their love blossoms as very quickly, and she becomes pregnant and is unmarried. While just as she announced that she is pregnant George is introduced to Angela Vickers, the rich little girl, who is head over heals in love with him. Now George is caught between a rock and a hard place. George is uncertain of what he should do? Return to his pregnant girlfriend Alice Tripp, where he faces losing his job or explore his love for the rich and beautiful Angela Vickers. George is caught in a tragic love triangle without many options. It would be so much simpler with Alice Tripp out of the picture for ever.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Dated, but still a goody!
Published 1 month ago by Marjorie Jones
2.0 out of 5 stars erreur de description
Le description du DVD indiquait en langue Portugaise et Françcaise, celui reçu est en anglais seulement,
Mauvaise indication sur le site
Published 6 months ago by Pierre Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I was looking for!
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!!!! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Souris
4.0 out of 5 stars A Place in the Sun
This is a sad movie but one I think I can watch over and over. Montgomery Clift was a very good actor. Read more
Published 14 months ago by mater
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking & Realistic
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... Read more
Published on April 7 2004 by Veronica L. Rivera
5.0 out of 5 stars Stop griping
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. Read more
Published on Dec 11 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars whats the big deal?
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. Read more
Published on Dec 6 2003 by Donna F. Enriquez
4.0 out of 5 stars A Place in the Sun
The movie "A Place in the Sun" was based on the best selling novel "An American Tragedy" written by Theodore Dreiser. Read more
Published on Sept. 17 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars What life could have been.
A Place in The Sun was released in 1951,it was filmed at Paramount studios. The film is 122 minutes long in clasic black and white. Read more
Published on Sept. 16 2003
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