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Beloved Infidel [Blu-ray] (1959)

Gregory Peck , Deborah Kerr , Henry King  |  NR |  Blu-ray
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gregory Peck, Deborah Kerr, Eddie Albert, Philip Ober, Herbert Rudley
  • Directors: Henry King
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Twilight Time
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,024 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 2.35:1
AUDIO: English 4.0 DTS-HD MA
1959 / Color
Special Features: Isolated Score Track / Original Theatrical Trailer

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Look at a Tragic Story January 1, 2002
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Beloved Infidel is a touching look at the relationship of Hollywood gossip columnist Sheila Graham & F. Scott Fitzgerald. After successful novels like The Great Gatsby, Tender is the Night and This Side of Paradise, to name a few, Fitzgerald hit a career and personal slump. His wife Zelda was institutionalized and his writing career at a down turn, Fitgerald was struggling to earn money to cover Zelda's medical fees and his daughter's boarding school while trying to maintain his own sense of self-worth. Enter Sheila Graham who was a life preserver to Fitzgerald and helped him with his struggles, including alcholism. As a fan of F.Scott Fitzgerald, Beloved Infidel is a heartfelt and introspective look at his love affair with Sheila Graham. Gregory Peck does a fantastic job playing Fitzgerald in an honest and charismatic way. Deborah Kerr is equally marvelous, playing the caring and controversial Sheila Graham. On screen, Peck & Kerr are adorable. While the story is tragic, it is also touching and fantastically done.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very earnest film about very crazy people July 5, 2007
Format:VHS Tape
Deborah Kerr is the reason to see this film; she is Sheilah Graham, the gossip columnist from the 40s and 50s in Hollywood. She was featured on both radio and television, and she had an odd voice and her comments were deeply personal about movie stars, so much so you thought she lived with them all intimately.

Deborah Kerr plays her as a woman who has invented her past to impress everyone, including Gregory Peck, who plays F.Scott Fitzgerald. He exposes her fictions in a scene on a large beach, where noone else goes, and it is one of the most harrowing forced-confession scenes on screen. Further on into the film, we learn about Fitzgerald, and the fictions he wrote and the many fictions he told to Graham and others, and one sees why Sheilah Graham appealed to him..she, a very adept fabricator of fictions, as he was in and out of novels and short stories, and the very occasional screen play.

See this film for Deborah Kerr's incredible gestures and poses and false statements; her complete inability to relate to truth, and her self-righteous fights with Scott, and Gregory peck's violence toward her, as she rejects his drinking as cute, and his teaching her literature as opressive; and then at the end, a huge dramatic scene with Peck, and a great soundtrack, finds her on that unihabited beach again..a kind of return to the strangely bleak place of exposure ; but then Sheilah Graham writes the memoir, Beloved Infidel, with another writer, and it's fiction all over again especially as adapted for the screen. Their affair is awash with questions and speculations..all of which come out in this film. Any kind of story would do, and it works here, just as much as the fiction that Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald were really lovers.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good... March 5, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
Gregory Peck is hopelessly miscast as F. Scott Fitzgerald, first because of his looks and second because of his presence which kind of leads back to his looks. The story just skims little of what we know about Fitzgerald's life. What about Zelda, his wife?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Despite its low reputation among devotees of the author, Beloved Infidel is a surprisingly decent attempt to turn a self-destructive F. Scott Fitzgerald's affair with gossip columnist Sheila Graham into a glossy CinemaScope love story in the 20th Century Fox house style of the Fifties. Not that it's going for pure soap, with undervalued and unfairly forgotten A-list director Henry King seemingly using A Star is Born for his template, with his screenwriting career failing because he can't adapt his style to the screen while his books fall out of favour - he can't even find a copy of his book to buy her. The comparisons are particularly pronounced in scenes where Gregory Peck's down on his luck author drunkenly barges in on a rehearsal for a radio broadcast and just keeps on making things worse or when he drunkenly insults an admirer on a plane while Deborah Kerr's would-be muse sits cringing in embarrassment. Elsewhere, it draws parallels with the author's own work as he falls for a woman who, like Jay Gatsby, has reinvented her humble origins but can't forget them.

For all his stolid reputation, Peck was always interested in challenging his screen image and even though he's one of the least likely casting choices imaginable for Fitzgerald, he's clearly relishing the opportunity to cut loose in the second half of the picture with the occasional homicidal drunken rage. Kerr's more obviously in her usual comfort zone, worrying, trying to manage a deteriorating situation and suffering as required.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie October 26, 2011
Format:VHS Tape
As a movie, "Beloved Infidel" was a good one. Not great, but good. Because I'd researched Sheliah Graham beforehand, I found myself wondering how much of the story was fact and how much was fiction. Besides that though, the movie was beautifully done. The scenery, especially the beach scenes, were lovely to look at.

I actually found Gregory Peck believable as F. Scott Fitzgerald. I'm probably the only person over 40 who hasn't seen "To Kill a Mockingbird" (although I do own the video and hope to watch it someday), I didn't have to worry about the "Atticus Finch Effect" in watching this film. My favorite Gregory Peck film is "Duel in the Sun" where he plays the evil and sexually charged Lewt McCanles. His mean,selfish, jealous, drunk Scott was enough to make me want to smack him on the head.

As always, Deborah Kerr was absolutely gorgeous and I really did feel that she knew what she was doing when she sometimes played Sheliah as an insecure little girl in a woman's body. The scene on the beach when she told Scott to "be nice" just by the way it was said told me that a.) something big was coming and b.) the revelation was going to explain the tone of that request.

All in all, I enjoyed this film and wouldn't mind watching it again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved him in "To Kill a Mockingbird" (I think everyone ...
Gregory Peck proves his versatile ability in this film. Loved him in "To Kill a Mockingbird" (I think everyone does) but playing an alcoholic seems so out of character for... Read more
Published 2 months ago by L. M. Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic movie with insight into lives of F. Scott ...
Classic movie with insight into lives of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sheila Graham and the times during which they lived. Well done portrait of a gifted but troubled author.
Published 3 months ago by esm
3.0 out of 5 stars but the story line was interesting and Deborah Kerr and Gregory Peck...
At times it moved sluggishly, but the story line was interesting and Deborah Kerr and Gregory Peck were beautiful to watch.
Published 3 months ago by Moviegoer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good treatment of sad story
Gregory Peck demonstrates an intriguing edge in his performance as F. Scott Fitzgerald near the end of his abbreviated life. Read more
Published 7 months ago by NervieCat
5.0 out of 5 stars Beloved Infidel
this was a wonderful movie. Fitzgerald is buried here in Maryland and I have read his works
it was wonderful to know that he did have love in his life. Read more
Published 7 months ago by frese
5.0 out of 5 stars Beloved Infidel
I had not ever seen or heard of this movie. What a wonderful story. I enjoyed it immensely, but a little sad.
Published 10 months ago by Rhonda
1.0 out of 5 stars Beloved Infidel
It would not play. Kept stopping Money spent for nothing.Beloved Infidel. I hated it. I hated it. I want a refund.
Published 18 months ago by Jean B. Clopton
2.0 out of 5 stars Beware of Reg. 2
I was excited to view Beloved Infidel.
But when I received it, I found out that this was a Reg. 2 DVD. . .which meant that I could not play it on my Blu-Ray. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Carol Buchser
5.0 out of 5 stars Beloved Infidel
All i can say is we bought it for a friend and she is highly delighted with the purchase and as we are in the U K even more pleased it will work in our system as she thought she... Read more
Published on September 19, 2005 by Mr. Kenneth Kite
5.0 out of 5 stars wabi-sabi
if you know the concept of "wabi-sabi", a japanese philosophical zen approach to beauty, life and art.....then you understand why i give this movie five stars. Read more
Published on August 9, 2003
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