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In THE COUNTRY GIRL, Frank Elgin (Crosby) is a washed up actor given the chance of a lifetime to stage a comeback when director Bernie Dobb, played by William Holden, offers him the lead in a new musical. Suffering from extreme insecurity, Frank turns to his wife Georgie (Kelly) to make decisions for him, and she teams up with Bernie to boost Frank’s self-esteem despite the fact that she has grown sick of dealing with her husband’s problems.

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  • Actors: Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, William Holden, Anthony Ross, Gene Reynolds
  • Directors: George Seaton
  • Writers: George Seaton, Clifford Odets
  • Producers: George Seaton, William Perlberg
  • Format: Black & White, Full Screen, Subtitled, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: September 21, 2004
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002ERWZ0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,402 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Country Girl" on IMDb

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"The Country Girl" is certainly a superior drama, one that has everything necessary to make a classic film: excellent performances, directing, script, etc. The film tells the story of an alcoholic has-been actor (Bing Crosby) who is given a chance to star in a new show by a no-nonsense director (William Holden). The actor's dowdy wife (Grace Kelly) is bitter and hard towards her husband, but has suffered and continues to suffer with his drinking after years of marriage. Soon it appears that the wife is dragging the husband down, and the director must force her to leave... when only she can stand her husband up again.
The film makes for a taut, intense drama, with a superb Oscar-winning screenplay. Crosby was nominated for an Oscar (one which I honestly feel he deserved, for his unsettling, sobering portrayal of the has-been actor). Crosby is brilliant in his role, battling the demons of his past, having a drunken fit of violence, or even lying cunningly- Crosby runs the gamut. Kelly won the Oscar for Best Actress. Well... Kelly does have some genuinely great scenes, and she adds wonderful, subtle nuances to her intense performance, and she can do everything that an actress is supposed to do with such a role (and when she yells at Holden in one scene, it is pretty scary)... but sometimes it just seems like watching Grace Kelly without makeup. Kelly was indeed a very talented actress, and the performance was certainly worthy of a nomination, but that year... I really feel that Judy Garland's performance in "A Star Is Born" is the better performance, for Garland's dramatic abilities and human honesty literally stun and tear the viewer's heart to pieces. I hate to sound so cynical, but in that performance, Kelly deglamorized herself and really acted for the first time.
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Nominated for seven Academy Awards with two wins, Grace Kelly for Best Actress in a Leading Role, and George Seaton for Best Writing Screenplay, Country Girl is a tour de force of cinematography. While not winning, it was also nominated for: Best Actor, Best Director, Best Picture, Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction. Kelly and Crosby turn in exceptional performances as exemplified by Kelly's win and Crosby's nomination. While shot in 1954 the film has a very contemporary feel, much more than say Casablanca, which was shot more than a decade earlier. I strongly recommend that you consider watching this film, both Kelly and Crosby are well out of their customary roles and William Holden turns in a solid performance. If I have one criticism of the film, it is that the Title does not seem to really fit the story line; I have pondered esoteric meanings but I still fail to make a connection. Nevertheless, this movie is definitely a good watch; I whole heartedly recommend it.
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The year 1955 proved a memorable one for Grace Kelly in a number of respects, two of which involved winning an Oscar and meeting a prince who would ask her to marry him and share a kingdom with him. It sounds like the grist for a romance novel, but it all actually happened in the kingdom of Hollywood cinema.

It was the glamorous Grace Kelly that Prince Rainier of Monaco would meet on the French Riviera when she was playing a rich heiress in Alfred Hitchcock's "To Catch a Thief". The irony is that in her other film that was released that same year, "The Country Girl", she won a Best Actress Academy Award by playing the only role of her short but illustrious career that was decidedly against type.

Whereas Kelly, the Philadelphia girl who became a glamorous fashion model in New York, played her natural image in every respect in two Hitchcock classics, "Rear Window" and "To Catch a Thief", she was challenged in the film in between by director George Seaton, who adapted the play of hard-boiled Depression playwright Clifford Odets to the screen in "The Country Girl".

Kelly's character is the opposite of what she appears to be in the early stages of the film. She plays the wife of hard luck Broadway actor-singer Bing Crosby, who has never been able to assuage the guilt he felt over not being able to save their son and only child from death in a New York traffic accident.

Crosby takes to alcohol and becomes extremely depressed, using Kelly as a crutch. He implores her to make decisions, including some unpopular ones that make people angry with her, all the while seeking to portray himself as an all-purpose nice guy who is relaxed and at peace with himself.
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It took a while for me to shine to "The Country Girl". It moves at a deliberate pace and there is a certain staginess to the proceedings. There is a virtue to the pacing for any discriminating viewer. Our assumptions about the characters and their relationships are dropped on their head and our initial reactions are not the correct ones. Some reviewers called the film drab but I would say it has a gritty realism. The three principals here are superb. Bing Crosby gives probably his best performance ever as the dependent alcoholic. Forget the Oscar. Forget the drab clothing and lack of makeup. Grace Kelly here delivers a performance of great complexity as the enabling spouse who has finally gotten to the end of her rope. The glue to the film is William Holden, the theatre director who acts as a surrogate for the audience in trying to sort out Crosby and Kelly's less than ideal relationship. An interesting and provocative film all around.
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