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A Place in the Sun (Full Screen)

4.2 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Shelley Winters, Anne Revere, Keefe Brasselle
  • Directors: George Stevens
  • Writers: Harry Brown, Michael Wilson, Patrick Kearney, Theodore Dreiser
  • Producers: George Stevens, Ivan Moffat
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Paramount
  • Release Date: Aug. 14 2001
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 68 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00003CXBZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,647 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Product Description

Contrast of rich and poor, as the aspiring young man becomes obsessed with murdering his factory girl fianc?e when offered the chance to get a rich wife.
Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Rating: NR
Release Date: 8-AUG-2006
Media Type: DVD

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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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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By A Customer on July 31 2003
Format: DVD
I viewed this movie for the very first time three weeks ago. In watching it with a 03' mentality, I can see why courtroom dramas changed and the defendants whether they are guilty or innocent, 'lie' about the event in which they are being charged.
There are so many layers to this film that are still very engrossing, such as Clift's internal struggle between what he can have and what he wants to obtain - reality or dream. With Liz Taylor as the rich and beautiful dream girl who actually falls for him, makes his self inflicted circumstances all the more fateful.
The other layer to this film is the outstanding performance of Shelly Winters who makes the audience identify with her throughout the film. Although she is plain and working class, we can see that she is decent and no less a catch in her own right.
The DVD transfer is only o.k. The disc is film quality, but the film visibly shakes in a couple of scenes that is distracting. There is however, an enjoyable commentary by Stevens Jr. and Ivan Moffat who complement the technical with inside anecdotes.
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