- Actors: Ethel Waters, Julie Harris, Brandon De Wilde, Arthur Franz, Nancy Gates
- Directors: Fred Zinnemann
- Format: Black & White, NTSC
- Rated: NR (Not Rated)
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: Sony Pictures
- VHS Release Date: June 25, 1996
- Run Time: 91 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- ASIN: 6302874912
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,016 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Member of the Wedding [VHS]
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1) The story: Remember when you were a child, you were caught in that awkward stage where you are too old to be a child, and too young to be an adult. You want desperately to fit in, but you don't. That is the focal point of the story, and it is told honestly and sadly thru the eyes of Frankie. That is the plight of Frankie Adams, played brilliantly by Julie Harris - one of the truly great performances I've seen.
2) The cast: Julie Harris I mentioned, and Ethel Waters as Bernice. I start to call her the maid, but that would be a huge dis-service. This is the first movie to portray a black character as more than just a maid in the background with one or 2 lines. She is a lead character in every sense, and her performance is perfect.
3) The direction: Most all the action takes place in one room, yet the closeups at just the right moment, and the magnificent music score add so many textures, it is a clinic on how to direct and film in Black and white.
4) The south: If you ever wanted to visit a small Georgia town in the 50's to see what it was like - this movie will take you there. The race relations of the time, the awful sticky heat, the small town attitudes, all are captured here with honesty and subtlety just below the surface of the main story.
Rarely have I ever seen such an honest film, this is especially remarkable given when it was made and the subject matter it tackled.
Some people think it is a sad movie, and perhaps it is in ways, but it is dealing with the rite of passage that all of us must make, and very few of us make it easily.
Best of all, it leaves you with a feeling of sadness and joy at the same time - the final scene sees the various characters take the paths which they must take - And they can be sad or happy depending on how the character chooses to live their role in life !
This film adaptation of Carson McCullers' coming of age story features wonderful performances by Ethel Waters - a luminous screen presence - and a young Julie Harris as tomboy Frankie, along with an excellent supporting cast. This is a poignant and excellent film that depicts a portion of everyone's life that we need not to forget, if not for ourselves, for those in the throes of it, now and to come. And if you like the film, read the novel, too. McCullers was a fine, fine writer.
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Occasionally an actor is given a role that mirrors their off-screen life. Rarely are the three lead actors given such roles. Read morePublished 17 months ago by likes good books, music, movies
Loved the book on which this movie was based and loved the movie too. Too bad that we lost that great actress - Julie Harris.Published on December 31, 2013 by Dianne Thyret
Very poor sound quality. Ad should have been more clear about this detail. Watched the movie but would not again because of the crackling sound quality.Published on November 4, 2013 by G. Paige
I can not believe the great films Ms. Harris has done are not on DVD YET?? Get off your ass and make it so... she's one of the greatest actress of our time.... Read morePublished on May 3, 2013 by Raven
Based on Carson McCullers' The Member of the Wedding. Firstly, I must notice Julie Harris's performance who, at the age of 27, plays the 12 y.o. Frankie. Read morePublished on November 25, 2011 by Daniel S.
This would be a better movie had the actors (particularly Harris and Waters) kept in mind that they were not on stage. Their performances were overdone, over-acted for the screen. Read morePublished on March 14, 2011 by indiangum
This movie is terrific. It's about a little teenage girl who's has the wrong idea about marriage and a honeymoon. She just wanting to belong; and didn't know how to. Read morePublished on September 1, 2010 by Gator Girl
MEMBER OF THE WEDDING was a landmark in an era when movies were still sentimental, melodramatic, or else full of spectacle in order to compete with television as it was coming of... Read morePublished on January 8, 2010 by Daniel Killman