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  • Actors: Rip Torn, Ellen Burstyn, James Callahan
  • Directors: Joseph Strick
  • Writers: Henry Miller
  • Producers: Joseph Strick
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NC-17
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003XMKN2W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,987 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tropic of Cancer" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Rip Torn, Ellen Burstyn. Joseph Strick directs this screen adaptation of Henry Miller's sexually explicit, previously banned novel. Based on his own sexual escapades in 1930s Paris, the story is transported to the 1960s with the erotic adventures of a bar-hopping, bed-hopping American writer and his long-suffering wife. 1970/color/87 min/NR/widescreen.

Customer Reviews

For our times, it's just too silly.
Svetlana Flokas
Tropic of Cancer, the book is filled with titillating imagines, it flows uneven at times but somehow remains focus.
"bmiperez"
Another standout is Ellen Burstyn's small but effective role as Miller's wife.
Scott T. Rivers

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By M. Chlanda on April 20, 2004
This film, fairly explicit for its time, in its frankness with language and nudity, tells the story of Henry Miller (excellently played a young Rip Torn [you gotta love that name].
Ellen Burstyn (who looked surprising good in this movie) plays Mona [which had her be pretty revealing in the opening scenes of the movie; surprising me, since this was the '70's]. It seems tame in todays XXX world, but for the time, it was open and frank in its discussion of sexuality. Although not very politically correct in its view of women, it did reflect much of what Miller writes/wrote in his books. Although the VHS copy had some garbled sound (considering the age of the movie, or perhaps the copy I had) it was a pretty decent movie just the same. Not for everyone, and some might argue the NC-17 rating, but it's not a bad early exploration of erotica by one of the most famous (or infamous) names in literature. Given the restrictions of the times, they did a pretty decent adaptation of the book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Scott T. Rivers VINE VOICE on June 13, 2010
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Three years after his unsuccessful 1967 cinematic adaptation of James Joyce's "Ulysses," director Joseph Strick had better results with Henry Miller's 1934 novel. "Tropic of Cancer" (1970) is one of the few notable attempts to translate the author's sexual exploits to celluloid. Much of the film's success can be attributed to an outstanding performance by Rip Torn - ideally cast as the earthy Miller during his Parisian exploits. Unfortunately, Strick didn't have the budget (or was too arrogant) to film this classic literary work in its proper era. Instead, he shot "Tropic of Cancer" on location in 1969 - regrettably updating the sexual flavor and atmosphere of Miller's book. Nevertheless, Torn dominates every frame with his believable portrayal of the expatriate writer and his erotic obsessions. Another standout is Ellen Burstyn's small but effective role as Miller's wife. If you can get past the modern-day look of "Tropic of Cancer," you will find it a provocative and rewarding experience. However, director Philip Kaufman's "Henry & June" (1990) did a better job of recreating Miller's world by not taking short cuts.
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By Lance K. Hironaga on January 22, 2013
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bravo, ellen burstyn (younger and more unabashed than more recent roles i can recall her playing.....), but even then, a quality actress.....
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If you've read the book you should not expect the same candor in the movie, but otherwise it's worth the rental.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "bmiperez" on March 22, 2002
Tropic of Cancer, the book is filled with titillating imagines, it flows uneven at times but somehow remains focus. Our little movie here is like a dream of the book. Clouded and fuzzy, but still titillates. Henry Miller was alive with the soul of an angel, disguised in the body and mind of a scoundrel. I believe if you love his work, you'll appreciate this movie. It's uneven, to be sure, the dialog drifts apart at times. However, you will enjoy the moments of recognition and taste the infatuation with life, even when faced with despair. Of course Henry and June, the Kaufman Movie is superior, however, it's the uneven parts of ToC that remind one of HM's Books. Life is uneven!
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