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Love is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955)

William Holden , Jennifer Jones , Henry King , Otto Lang  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: William Holden, Jennifer Jones, Torin Thatcher, Isobel Elsom, Murray Matheson
  • Directors: Henry King, Otto Lang
  • Writers: Han Suyin, John Patrick
  • Producers: Buddy Adler
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 4.0), French (Dolby Digital 4.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.55:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: May 6, 2003
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008AOTL
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,287 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "William Holden: An Untamed Spirit" as seen on A&E's Biography
  • Movietone newsreel (Audience Awards presentation)
  • Photoplay Awards highlight clip

Editorial Reviews

Newsman Mark Elliott is an American war correspondent temporarily staying in Hong Kong during the Korean War. While there he meets and pursues a beautiful Eurasian Doctor. But when they begin to fall in love, their friends and families pressure them to stop the cross cultural relationship.

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79 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars still-glorious Hollywood romance October 21, 2005
Format:DVD
LOVE IS A MANY-SPLENDORED THING remains to this day one of Hollywood's most beloved and heartbreaking love stories. Set in the turbulent days of Hong Kong during the Korean War, the story concerns war correspondant Mark Elliott (William Holden) who falls in love with widowed Eurasian doctor Han Suyin (Jennifer Jones) who, while coming from completely different walks of life, fall in love. Based on the real-life Han Suyin's bestselling novel of the same name, the film candidly deals with themes of prejudice and the dangerous political climate of the time. Beautifully-filmed on location in Hong Kong.

The casting is impeccable: Jennifer Jones is luminous as Suyin (even more glorious in Technicolor) and William Holden adds a great edge to his performance. Isobel Elsom plays Mrs Palmer-Jones, the racist wife of the head of the hospital (her scenes with Jones still ring true).

For a romance with a similar theme I recommend THE WORLD OF SUZIE WONG with William Holden and Nancy Kwan.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get a bucket to cry into! June 12, 2001
Format:DVD
when I first brought this film and started watching it I thought it was good not great. But the ending, the tragic ending and the swelling of the soundtrack made me cry and hit the replay button on my dvd player. The movie began to take shape for me once I realized the steps these two have taken to fall in love. The dialogue flows like modern Shakepeare and is wonderful to hear. Jones is at her best and it shows her subtle voice; it is neither weak nor nagging but this film belongs to love and to have it you need another person and at a key scene at a party we are introduced to Holden! Wow, this man was a master of presence and had such a natural flow to his acting. The intimate scenes of them on the way back from visiting one of Jones' friends are simply haunting. Under the moonlight and in a canoe Holden tells Jones "I will never do anything to hurt you" the tone and the expressions on both their faces are amazing. I love this flick and the setting is breathtaking. Just have a bucket and a towel to ring your tears into after the movie is over.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
Jennifer Jones and William Holden are perfectly cast as star-crossed lovers, in this film. The story is poignant and beautifully done. Jennifer Jones portrays her character, Dr. Han Suyin with depth and feeling. She is believable! William Holden, as Mark Elliot, war-correspondent, is charming and determined to win her love. And yet, he respects her wishes and her ancient heritage and culture. The scenery throughout the film is breath-taking.The title song, played throughout the picture only enhances the scenic beauty. My favorite parts are, of course their first meeting at the Palmer-Jones cocktail party, their outing that begins on the beach and their brief but romantic meetings on the hill over-looking Hong Kong. The ending, though most tragic, is beautifully done! A must see movie!!!!!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love is a Many Splendored Thing October 27, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
At age 71 - I have looked back over my lifetime and have memories of movies that really touched me. This was one of those - - so I have purchased this memory and have enjoyed it once again. I am glad I bought it - because I can now watch it over and over - which I will do. At this age I now realize that there are things that give meaning to your life, and how you live it, and so I am now going back and trying to recapture those small tokens to keep and cherish. This is not much of a review as a return to my youth. Sorry.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ANAMORPHIC TRANSFER - A MANY-SPLENDORED THING! May 2, 2003
By Nix Pix
Format:DVD
When 20th Century-Fox initially released this film to DVD the 2:55:1 transfer was not enhanced for widescreen televisions. This new version of "Love Is A Many Splendored-Thing" corrects that oversight and gives us a comprehensive documentary on William Holden besides. The film concerns itself with a real life love story between Eurasian doctor, Han Sue-Yin (Jennifer Jones) and married American reporter, Mark Elliot (William Holden). Set in the unstable political climate of Hong Kong, and featuring some breaktaking cinematography, captured in all its Cinemascope glory, this film is a remarkably effective piece of fiction and, with its Oscar-winning title song, remains a sure fire hit.
Aside from its anamorphic enhancements, this new transfer doesn't make any quantum leaps forward in image quality. The initial print was remarkably smooth looking, save a few instances where film grain is a bit excessive. Edge enhancement, aliasing and shimmering details are kept to a bare minimum. Colors are very rich, vibrant and, for the most part, accurate, only occasionally giving way to orangy flesh tones. Pixelization is a problem from time to time. The audio is the same 4.0 as the previous disc - occasionally strident, but on the whole very well spread across all of the speakers.
As already stated, this disc includes a Biography special on William Holden that is remarkably comprehensive, considering its running time plays at under an hour. Image quality varies, according to the elements of film stock from the various movie clips used. There's also a theatrical trailer - badly dated, and a Movietones news reel of the film's premiere.
BOTTOM LINE: NICELY DONE FROM FOX THIS TIME AROUND.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great
Published 1 day ago by Elizabeth O Lanchester
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is my best movie i really love to see everyday
Published 17 days ago by mary diggs
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good
Published 18 days ago by Mr. Lionel J. Alberts
3.0 out of 5 stars I've seen better
A beautifully photographed, but dramatically inert, romance with suitably good performances by William Holden and Jennifer Jones.
Published 23 days ago by Robert Hayes
4.0 out of 5 stars This film is 50's Hollywood take of inter-racial love when it was felt...
This film is 50's Hollywood take of inter-racial love when it was felt an Asian girl had to be played by a big Caucasian Hollywood star. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Robert Hull
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bittersweet Tragedy
War correspondent Mark Elliott meets Han Suyin in Hong Kong and the two fall in love. William Holden and Jennifer Jones play the couple in this bittersweet tragedy of an American... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Virginia E. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars The title says it all
Growing up I saw this movie and have held it as one of the greatest love stories of all time. William Holden makes you believe in love with this Doctor and the SONG makes me cry... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Betty A. Schanz
5.0 out of 5 stars My opinion.
Saw this before also - excellent movie - can't wait to see it again. Trust the copy will be as good as the original.
Published 1 month ago by DAVID J NEWTON
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
my friend wanted it.
Published 1 month ago by Robert A. Crigger
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Timeless movie...music, theme so 50's
Published 1 month ago by DeeDee
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