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The Other Side of Midnight (1977)

Marie-France Pisier , John Beck , Charles Jarrott  |  R |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Marie-France Pisier, John Beck, Susan Sarandon, Raf Vallone, Clu Gulager
  • Directors: Charles Jarrott
  • Writers: Barry Sandler, Daniel Taradash, Herman Raucher, Sidney Sheldon
  • Producers: Frank Yablans, Hawk Koch, Howard W. Koch
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: March 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 165 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LC4ZCG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,795 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Other Side of Midnight" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by producer Frank Yablans, director Charles Jarrot, and author Sidney Sheldon, moderated by film historian Laurent Bouzreau
  • Sill gallery

Editorial Reviews

An over-the-top film co-starring a young and gorgeous Susan Sarandon, The Other Side of Midnight is a deliciously melodramatic adaptation of Sidney Sheldon's sweeping (and often schlocky) novel of the same name. Released theatrically in 1977, the film focuses on the intermingling lives of sexily innocent Noelle (Marie-France Pisier), who has a brief affair with a cad named Larry (John Beck), who ends up marrying wealthy and proper Catherine (Sarandon). When Noelle and Larry meet first lock eyes, he is a dashing World War II American fighter pilot who professes his love for her. But when she discovers she is pregnant with his baby, he is nowhere to be found. So what's a poor girl to do but abort her baby, rise to stardom as one of the world's most famous actresses, and plot revenge against her duplicitous ex-lover? But faster than you can say, "You go, girl!" (or "Oh no she didn't," depending on your point of view), Noelle once again falls for Larry's vaguely porn star charms. But what to do with Catherine, who refuses to divorce her cheating spouse? Make no mistake about it: The Other Side of Midnight is not quality filmmaking and is probably not something Academy Award winner Sarandon even lists on her resume. But she is a joy to watch, even as she has to deliver clunky lines such as, "If you don't love me, Larry, don't lay me." This is not a great movie. Heck, it's not even a particularly good movie. But it's one of those guilty pleasures that you'll watch all the way through, even as you're complaining about the implausibility of it all. --Jae-Ha Kim

Product Description

Based on the novel by Sidney Sheldon, this riveting story of love and revenge boasts dazzling portrayals by Marie-France Pisier, John Beck and Susan Sarandan in one of her career-making roles.

Although American WWII pilot Larry Douglas (Beck) promises to marry French femme fatale Noelle Page (Pisier), he instead returns Stateside and marries well-to-do Catherine Alexander (Sarandon). And once Noelle takes a Greek multi-millionaire (Raf Vallone) as a lover, she plots to shame Larry by arranging for him to be the tycoonÂ's private pilot. But in one of many delicious twists of fate in this gripping tale of love, war and betrayal, Noelle and Larry again become passionate, and when Catherine refuses to divorce Larry, the cheating couple seek a murderous revenge.

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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Noelle is a true heroine February 21, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
I'm not interested in what the critics say. This is in my top 3 favorite films of all time. For any girl who's ever had a broken heart this is the get even, get the man, wreck his life drama that will leave you proud to be a woman. Set in pre WW11 France, Noelle's father "sells" her to (BOSS HOGG of all people)as a means of ensuring her survival. She is devistated, but discovers her feminine power in the process. She runs and meets Larry and falls madly in love with him. He's a pilot and only there temporarily and has to leave, and promises to return in 3 weeks and tells her to buy a wedding dress. Of course, he never returns. Noelle finds work as a beautiful fashion model, discovers she is pregnant with Larry's child and in an unforgettable bathtub scene terminates the preganacy. I must have been 5 the first time I saw this movie back when my mom would cover my eyes in the bad parts, and I never forgot the drama of that coathanger scene. Awful! She hires private eyes to follow Larry's every move, her modeling leads to acting career and she sleeps her way to the very top all in a measure to control Larry's fate. As the mistress of a Greek Tycoon ( I can't help but see the correlation between this and Jackie O- perfect timing) Noelle has the resources to destroy Larry's flying career. In desperation, he accepts a job piloting Noelle's private plane. If any woman ever had "The Rules" down, it is Noelle. She is horrible, hateful, just awful to Larry and suddenly he realizes that he knows who she is and why. Larry is the classic love em and leave em, and he gets his! Handsome John Beck plays the part, you will see many sights of Paris, beautiful scenery in Greece, and the marble palace that Demeris, Noelle's lover lives in will take your breath away. Read more ›
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Other Side of Romance December 27, 2006
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The wonderful folks at Fox Home Video have finally answered our prayers and released this colorful 1977 soap opera on DVD. Based on Sidney Sheldon's bestselling novel, TOSOM is the tale of Noelle Page, a poor-but-beautiful French girl who comes to Paris in 1938 to make her fortune. Enter Larry Douglas, a dashing American pilot who finds her, fools her, and forgets her--leaving her pregnant and heartbroken. She loses the baby, swears to get even with the flyboy, and promptly uses her brains and beauty to become the biggest movie star in France and the mistress of the world's richest Greek shipping magnate (sound familiar?). What follows is her life's obsession--a long-range plan of revenge that leads to murder, scandal, and a shocking finale.

This 3-hour drama is as opulent as they come, filmed on gorgeous locations in at least 4 countries, and everyone is dressed to, umm, kill. The beautiful cast includes Marie-France Pisier (COUSIN/COUSINE, CHANEL SOLITAIRE) as Noelle, John Beck (SLEEPER, ROLLERBALL, and TV's FALCON CREST) as the pilot, and a very young Susan Sarandon (we all know her credits) as the pilot's wife, the eventual pawn in Noelle's murderous scheme. Another plus is Michel Legrand's sweeping musical score (with the composer himself on piano). Not to mention the R-rated sex scenes....

By 1977, romantic tearjerkers like this were already out of date, and TOSOM was a big flop at the box office. But its popularity has endured on TV, where new generations have discovered the sheer pleasure of its overwritten, overwrought, overacted, over-the-top dramatics. If you want to see a great film, go watch CITIZEN KANE or RASHOMON or THE TREE OF WOODEN CLOGS. But if you're in the mood for trashy fun, this is it. Nothing quite compares to a delicious slice of cheese. Enjoy!
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Innocence shattered March 1, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
A happy-go-lucky American WWII pilot gets the girl everytime. Never mind the girl's feelings. In this typically mid-70's film, one of the pilot's affairs goes terribly awry when the French girl he seduces winds up pregnant, in the middle of WWII France no less. Cute. The girl, played to the hilt by Marie-France Pissier, becomes obsessed with finding her beau. The plot takes her through some very tortuous ways of securing the information she wants. Meanwhile, she becomes a great movie star and eventually the beautiful and spoiled wife of one of the most powerful men in the world, a la Onassis. She ultimately finds her pilot but he doesn't recognize her as the girl he seduced and left pregnant and full of hope. The lovers eventually renew their romance but there is a high price to pay. Susan Sarandon gives a tour-de-force performance as the very loving and naive wife jilted by her philandering pilot-husband. The ending will amaze and delight you.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving story filled with drama and intrigue September 27, 1999
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I saw this movie over 20 years ago when it was first released and I've read the book twice. I don't care what the critics say, "The Other Side of Midnight" continues to be one of the best movies I've ever seen. A person could easily identify with each one of the characters, especially Kathy and Noelle. Kathy, played by the superb actress, Susan Sarandon, obtains a prestigious job in Washington and somehow falls in love with a man who can only love himself. Noelle is a poor French girl whose father basically "sells" her to assure his survival during World WarII France. How Kathy and Noelle become aware of each other is a dramatic and entwined story. Trust me, this movie is a must see for lovers of the trusting innocent who become involved with powerful people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved it thank you.
Published 16 days ago by Sharon Okoh-Esene
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable with A Nice Twist at The End!
Great Film...Even Today!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Justice in the end for all who use love as a murder weapon.
Published 23 days ago by Donald L. Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars The Other Side of Midnight [1977] [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import]
The Other Side of Midnight [1977] [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] "BLESSED WITH ENERGETIC PRESCENCE OF SUSAN SARADON" - Doug Pratt's LaserDisc Review

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Published 23 days ago by Andrew C. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Gift
This was a gift for my mother. She is very happy with the movie. I am very happy with the price I paid.
Published 24 days ago by Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it,
Read the book and had forgotten what the story was about and the ending but would reccommend to others without a doubt
Published 3 months ago by Doskey Moore-Wilks
5.0 out of 5 stars The Other Side of Midnight
Read the book years ago before movie can out; then saw the movie when it was released in the theatre; looked for this a long time to come out on DVD. THE ENDING IS EXPLOSIVE!!!
Published 5 months ago by LaGenia Trotman
5.0 out of 5 stars A good find
Another classic movie and a favorite of mine. Had a hard time locating a copy but the effort was well worth it.
Published 5 months ago by Colin
This a spell binding story! An addictive tale that you will want to watch over & over and never forget! A SHOCKING ENDING!!!
Published 5 months ago by catherine Levanas
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