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A Place in the Sun (1951)

Montgomery Clift , Shelley Winters , George Stevens  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Montgomery Clift, Shelley Winters, Elizabeth Taylor, Keefe Brasselle, Raymond Burr
  • Directors: George Stevens
  • Writers: Michael Wilson, Harry Brown, Theodore Dreiser
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: August 21, 2001
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CXBZ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,171 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Place in the Sun" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Exclusive cast and crew interviews with Elizabeth Taylor, Shelley Winters, George Stevens, Jr

Editorial Reviews

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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103 of 106 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreams crash down and hard moral choices must be made January 20, 2003
Format:DVD
I haven't read Theodore Dreiser's "An American Tragedy" on which this 1951 film is based, but I can see how the word "tragedy" is used in its classic sense - that of a character who meets disaster because of a tragic flaw. So even though purists might see "A Place in the Sun" as a romanticized version of Dreiser's tale, I certainly found it serious enough for me.

Directed by George Stevens, the film opens with Montgomery Clift thumbing a ride. He's going to the town where his rich uncle owns a mill. He's awkward among his affluent relatives and happy to get a job, any job. And so even though he has to start at the bottom, packing bathing suits into boxes, he's aware of his future opportunities. Shelly Winters is cast as a factory girl he starts romancing. But then, his fortunes suddenly turn, he's invited to more and more upscale social events, and he falls in love with Elizabeth Taylor. The plot thickens as Shelly Winters announces her pregnancy and Montgomery Cliff finds himself trapped. The consequences are horrific as we watch his dreams all crash down around him.

I was captured by the story right from the beginning in a screenplay that kept the tension mounting and never let up. I identified with Montgomery cliff and found myself sympathic to his plight. He plays a complex character and has a lot of moral choices to make. He sweats, he shakes, he cringes, his eyes fill with tears. Certainly, he was one of the finest actors of his time and his performance is magnificent. Elizabeth Taylor was just 17 years old then and sure was a beauty. As she explains in an interview as part of the special features on the DVD, this was her first serious role. "Before that," she says jokingly, "all my leading men were either dogs or horses.
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Essential September 27, 2005
Format:DVD
Theodore Drieser was among America's earliest realistic authors, and his massive 1925 AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY, loosely based on real events, was a best-selling shocker filled with premarital sex, abortion issues, and social failures. The novel was filmed in 1931--and Drieser was so outraged that he successfully sued Paramount to force reshoots and a new edit. The result did not please Drieser, Paramount, or the movie-going public, and when censorship began to rear its head both the novel and movie were quietly shelved.

By the late 1940s, however, censorship began to relax, and A PLACE IN THE SUN was among the first films to take advantage of the fact. Unlike the 1931 film, producers did not attempt to film the whole of the novel; they instead focused on the second half. The result was singularly powerful.

George Eastman (Montgomery Cliff) is the poor relation of a wealthy family--and when seeks aid from them he is given a menial job in the factory, where he becomes intimate with factory worker Alice (Shelly Winters.) But when George is suddenly promoted he begins to enter the world of his dreams--and it includes glamorous socialite Angela Vickers (Elizabeth Taylor.) And now only the commonplace and unexpectedly pregnant Alice stands between him and all that he has ever desired.

The script veers toward excess more than once, but director George Stevens and his extraordinary cast carry the film to unexpectedly powerful effect. Previously known as a sex-bomb, Shelly Winters fought hard for the role of Alice and with it gives the first in the series of truly brilliant performances for which she would become so well known.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Young Man's Tragedy July 31, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Coincidentally, I saw this film within a week after I read Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby for the first of several times. Growing up on the South Side of Chicago, I had so many dreams, fantasies, ambitions, etc. and thus, years later, immediately identified with George Eastman (Montgomery Clift) as well as with Jay Gatsby, so different in many ways but both hungering for acceptance and respectability, thereby to enhance their self-image. George Stevens' brilliant direction was rewarded with an Academy Award. Working with a screenplay based on Theodore Dreiser's bloated novel An American Tragedy, Stevens elicited from both Clift and Elizabeth Taylor (Angela Vickers) perhaps their finest performances on film. Both are ideally cast as star cross'd lovers, so near and yet so far from what both so passionately desire. Members of the supporting cast are outstanding, notably Shelley Winters (Alice Tripp), Anne Revere (Hannah Eastman), Sheppard Strudwick (Anthony Vickers), and Raymond Burr (Frank Marlowe). Young Eastman is torn between accepting essentially a blue-collar life (with some prospect for a white collar eventually) and doing whatever is necessary to join the society of affluence in which his beloved Angela is so comfortable.

All decisions have consequences and some decisions have tragic consequences. George's decision to gratify himself sexually with Alice one rainy evening creates a complication for which he is ill-prepared. Eventually, he is held accountable for her death (even if viewed as an accident) because, at that point, he cannot endure a life with her nor a life without Angela. George may not deliberately eliminate Alice from his life but he certainly has no interest whatsoever in having any further contact with her. He is convicted of intent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classice
Those gorgeous faces. That kiss, the most famous in cinema history. One of the 100 all-time best films. Perfect role for Elizabeth Taylor at that point in her career.
Published 6 days ago by jonbaptiste
5.0 out of 5 stars Soooooo good!
It was so honest and heartbreaking. It captures the joy and pain of falling in love perfectly. Shelley Winters was amazing and precious!
Published 11 days ago by Elizabeth Godley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
The story and the castings are both excellent. I highly recommend my friends to watch this despite the fact the setting of the story is no longer reflect today's society.
Published 12 days ago by Joanne Liu
5.0 out of 5 stars "A Place in the Sun"
A classic human tragedy. One of the best stories ever written, as to the loss of one's soul, and it's terrible effect on family and friends.
Published 18 days ago by Kenneth Howell
5.0 out of 5 stars A Place in the Sun, Where There's Hope For Everyone
From the very first frame as Montgomery Clift as an Eastman nephew hitchhiking to the Eastman factories, "A Place in the Sun" keeps you totally captivated. Read more
Published 18 days ago by L. Boki
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Elizabeth Taylor
The fainting scene in this movie is supposed to be one of the best ever filmed. The chemistry between Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift, as well as Shelley Winters is one of... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Nancy N.
5.0 out of 5 stars My rating for A Place in the Sun...
Always loved the stars and the story line of this movie....very happy!I saw it on TV one night and I never saw the whole thing..It was also a good price.
Published 1 month ago by Nancy J.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Place in the Sun dvd
This movie takes place in the 50's and is a tragic love story of a socialite who falls in love with a young man who is accused of murdering his pg. Read more
Published 1 month ago by larry yagoobian Larry Yagoobian
5.0 out of 5 stars A REAL CLASSIC - EXCELLENT MOVIE
VERY WELL ACTED BY ALL WITH GREAT DIRECTION BY STEVENS. ELIZABETH TAYLOR AND MONTY CLIFF ARE SUBLIME TOGETHER - PARTICULARLY IN ONE THE GREATEST CLOSE UP KISSING SCENES OF ALL... Read more
Published 1 month ago by ARMAND DUVAL
4.0 out of 5 stars shocker
great suspense. would not of expected what happened . great story. would never of thought it would end the way it did.
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