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Cynthia

4.6 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

With Cynthia, Elizabeth Taylor left the film world of dogs, horses and childhood to play a lovely miss on the brink of womanhood - and put herself on the brink of a remarkable career as one of Hollywood's great beauties and stars. Taylor plays the title character, a physically frail 15-year-old who uses her musical gifts to break free of her protective parents and then begins to enjoy typical teenage fun and romance (with a suitor played by James Lydon of the long-running Henry Aldrich series, who also wooed Taylor in the same year's Life with Father). The outstanding supporting cast includes Mary Astor, George Murphy and S.Z. Sakall, but it's a radiant Taylor who forever makes Cynthia a girl to remember.

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  • Actors: Elizabeth Taylor, George Murphy, S.Z. Sakall, Mary Astor, Gene Lockhart
  • Directors: Robert Z. Leonard
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: November 5, 2009
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002VPE9Y0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,601 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cynthia" on IMDb

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By Kate McMurry TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 15, 2010
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The title of the movie, "Cynthia," refers to the fifteen-year-old girl played by Elizabeth Taylor, who was also fifteen at the time, but the movie is not just about her. The story centers around the dynamics of Cynthia's family, including her relationship with her parents, their relationship with each other, and the relationships of Cynthia and her parents with extended family and several friends in their community.

The film starts with a prologue showing the courtship of Cynthia's parents. Her future mother (Mary Astor) and future father (George Murphy) each have big career dreams for their lives at the time they meet when they are both at college. Her mother wants to be a concert pianist and study music in Vienna. The father also wants to go to Vienna, in his case to study medicine. However, they fall in love, get married within months of meeting, and within a year are parents of a sickly baby, Cynthia. Both give up their studies and move to the small town the husband comes from where his sister and her doctor husband live. The young parents from then on dedicate their lives to their child, abandoning their career plans. The husband works as a store manager and the wife as a homemaker. Though the husband settles into his limited options with relatively little bitterness, in spite of a boss who is a petty tyrant, Cynthia's mother refuses to completely accept her fate. She has a small inheritance from a deceased relative, but she won't use it to make a down payment on the house she and her husband have rented their whole marriage. She feels if she does that, it will be irrevocable proof that her life will never amount to more than the sad compromise with fate that it is now.
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Elizabeth was so sweet so charming. Such a lovely teenager. And such a far cry from our teens of today.
I was a bit too young, but I wish the world was a bit more like those days. The story is simple, but it
still has a lot of charm. Astor, Murphy and a beautiful young and still a bit British Elizabeth. Who could
ask for more. Unless your completely jaded by todays fast world.
Edmund Andreas Arredondo
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This may not go down as one of Elizabeth Taylor's best known or greatest films, but as Cynthia Taylor puts in a tender performance as a young girl in her teens who wants to experience life. The normal complications arise as Cynthia was a sickly child and she is still being treated as an invalid. Despite the fact that her parents are fine people and loving parents, there is some tension as Cynthia's father (George Murphy) is unduly influenced by his domineering brother-in-law which is a continuous sore spot with Cynthia's mother (Mary Astor). Domestic drama ensues as Cynthia strikes out on her own going against the tide and defying her physician uncle.
While this is a pretty typical post WWII movie, Taylor delivers a very believable performance. The only slightly implausible part of the plot is that Cynthia is perceived as sort of non-existent in the beginning of the movie. Sickly or not, I doubt anyone would actually ignore Taylor. Even as a teen, she was radiant and stunning. Her eyes twinkling and shine despite the fact that this film was shot in black and white.
This is actually a good movie. The acting is good and Taylor makes Cynthia totally believable. This film offers two hours of cinema fluff that is entertaining and catches Taylor between childhood and screen siren.
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This might be one of my favorite Elizabeth Taylor movies. Here she is as a blossoming teen beauty, the same age as her character. Even in her first scenes as a shy and sickly child, we recognize that special aura which opens to full bloom as the young girl has her first romance. The supporting cast are all great: Mary Astor as down-to-earth housewife/mother and George Murphy as father who gave up their dreams to settle down and raise their daughter. Spring Byington is her familiar twittery self as the aunt and Gene Lockhart the overbearing uncle/doctor, S.Z. Sakall a bit more serious and less clownish as the wise music teacher, James Lydon as Cynthia's boyfriend and Scotty Beckett in one of the juvenile roles he excelled at. It's not today's high school experience, but feels very authentic for the late 1940s. There are some real people among these characters and this is a movie I can enjoy watching again and again.
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Watched this film growing up and so nice to see it on DVD. Elizabeth Taylor with her first high school romance and first screen kiss. Great cast of characters including a former US Senator, George Murphy. Mary Astor, Gene Lockhart, Spring Byington, Jimmy Lydon, and S.Z, Sakell. Great film!
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My mother liked a song from this movie from before I was born. I finally got so curious about it, I just ordered it. It is typical late 40's style black and white. I enjoy Elizabeth Taylor in her early career movies. Very simple, predictable but light hearted fun.
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I have been looking for this movie for years. It's great. The vendor responded quickly and came in excellent conditon. Would order from them again.
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