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The Man In The Gray Flannel Suit

Gregory Peck , Jennifer Jones , Nunnally Johnson    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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Gregory Peck plays a young New York executive who defies the wisdom of the corporate class by deciding his family is more important than the offer of a new job. Lots of melodrama, guilt, and a revelation about a wartime affair (told in flashback), but this well-oiled, good-looking 1956 film still holds up pretty well. Based on a novel by Sloan Wilson, the script and direction are by Nunnally Johnson (The Three Faces of Eve). --Tom Keogh

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Based on the novel by Sloan Wilson, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit stars Gregory Peck as a haunted New York executive whp defies convention and decides his family is more important than his career in this post-war melodrama scripted and directed by the celebrated Nunnally Johnson (The Three Faces of Eve).

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Movies of the 1950s March 13 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I have seen Gregory Peck in quite a few films, and he is a fine actor. Some will disagree with me, but I believe he gave the strongest performance of his career in "The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit."
The story, set in the middle of the 1950s (Eisenhower, tail fins, cowboys and indians, martinis before dinner), concerns Tom Rath (in his middle thirties, it appears) struggling to achieve a better life for his family, but at the same time trying to maintain some sense of integrity. The problem arises when he agrees to work as a PR man for a big communications company on Madison Avenue, and he realizes that deception and chicanery are integral to the advertising business. The movie is probably one of the most effective dramatizations of this dilemma you'll ever see. "It's easy for a man to be full of integrity when there's money in the bank and food on the table," he says to his wife at one point, "but when someone offers you a good-paying job doing something dishonest, then it's a different story." (I don't remember his exact words, but that's the jist of it.)
The film targets big business and exposes United Broadcasting Company (the fictional company Tom works for) as peopled with shallow, back-biting, simple-minded sloganeering creeps--like the two guys Tom Rath (Peck) works with. But at the same time it presents the business titan, the "captain of industry", in sympathetic terms. The parallel story in this film concerns Tom's boss, a communications tycoon in his early 60s. Outwardly he is a huge success, but his home life is a miserable failure, largely because he dedicated himself body and soul to building the business. As a result, he hardly knows his daughter, and when he tries to re-establish ties with her, she rejects him utterly.
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3.0 out of 5 stars grey flannel July 22 2003
Format:VHS Tape
One of the most interesting movies of the 50s, and one which accurately portrays the rarely-approached subject of ordinary men trying to fit in their contemporary workplace. Peck is a little miscast (too tall and striking to possess the "ordinary" quality necessary for the role) and Jennifer could be a little more varied in her characterization (she needs a "light" moment or two) but they are both as usual fun to watch.
Peck's interview lunch is one of the best scenes, as is Ann Harding's plea to Frederich March. The other reviewers have not mentioned how the color and Cinemascope really add to the feel of the Fifties , and this cannot be stated enough - see it on a big-inch TV if possible. I think the wardrobe is one of the best in cinema history - it looks exactly as if it came off the racks of the department stores during the period. A great story, and one which anyone who has been employed in the business world as a white-collar worker, and who has aged thru their thirites, will identify with. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but dated... May 22 2014
This movie is quite interesting... It shows what it takes to advance and what a world is built on...workaholism... It shows its age in that there is still a zone of freedom offered to Gregory Peck's character and his boss still has some values... I wonder if in today's reality people are so inclined to respect each other... Nonetheless a great movie to watch and enjoy!
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3.0 out of 5 stars A tale of unresolved plots April 14 2014
By David M. Goldberg TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This movie has already been criticized by earlier reviewers as a hybrid with at least 4 distinct plots, only one of which is resolved at its final curtain. It is the least original and far the most conventional of the lot. The most fascinating theme concerned the ultimate fate of an honest person in the fundamentally dishonest world of Big Business. The next most intriguing was how the battle of two wills would resolve ownership of the House that Tom Rath lived in. One really looked forward to a no-holds-barred court battle that the American Cinema handles so well, but it was not to be. It is hard to know whether the novel, that I have not read, is the root of the problem. The screenwriters are at fault for the rather dreadful dialogue between the children and their parents that represented the Rath abode as a House of Junior Zombies, and such humour as it generated was sickly --------think of chicken pox. Jennifer Jones and Gregory Peck are competent actors, but they need a good story or a great director to set them alight. That is what they got in “Duel in the Sun” where the fire of their lust burns so much more brightly ( and they with it) than the tame fireside embers chit-chat that characterizes the greater part of their relationship here, until the final unexpected blow-up and its even more surprising denouement. Nunnally Johnson is not a director who impresses me, and even the great Frederic March turns in a performance that is poor by his standards. The one bright spot is Lee J Cobb’s benign and slightly comical Judge Bernstein, a role so different from his usual macho roles. He could, on this showing, have become one of Hollywood’s great comedy actors if given more chances. From the visual and acoustic standpoints, the film shows very well on this DVD, and the availability of English Subtitles is a blessing to a hard-of-hearing octogenarian like myself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Long....But Entertaining April 13 2002
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Very intriguing, multi-layered drama starring Gregory Peck as a simple man trying to deal with life's problems. Stellar cast features three of my favorites---Peck, Lee J. Cobb, and Fredric March. How can you go wrong with names like these?!
A tad on the lengthy side (at slightly more than 2-and-a-half hours), but worth the excursion.
Mr. March is a standout here (IMO), as the head of a major TV network which employs Peck. March's role here puts me in mind of a similar character he portrayed two years earlier in "Executive Suite". He is much more likable, however, in this film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You WANT Spam?
I really enjoyed this film. It's a little disjointed and melodramatic, but a very good movie on everyday life. Good chemistry between the lead characters. Read more
Published on Oct. 3 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars an american who wanted to be grey
From outside the USA this film is rare. Isn't perhaps between the best, but usually these country is seen as the cradle of big heroes, brave cowboys, tycoons and the in general... Read more
Published on June 16 2003 by Carlos Vazquez Quintana
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the very best
This movie showcases great acting, great writing, and a serious, yet entertaining theme. It grapples with serious issues of family,business,ethics,past mistakes, and painful... Read more
Published on April 25 2003 by Valerie
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Published on July 2 2002 by D.W.St.John, Editor, elderberrypress.com
4.0 out of 5 stars Business vs. Family
Gregory Peck stars as a Madison Avenue executive whose life reaches several crises at once. His wife, Jennifer Jones, is pushing him to make more money and to be more successful,... Read more
Published on June 3 2001 by James L.
4.0 out of 5 stars Life in the 20th Century
The complexity of life in the mid-20th century is subtly displayed in this reflection on the cross-currents of life. Read more
Published on April 20 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny
This movie is bad at first... but boring at last. When Peck calls his kids necrophiliacs it was truly a bad movie moment. Read more
Published on March 27 2000 by A zealous gun girl
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