Sweet Bird of Youth
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Top Customer Reviews
Chance has left his hometown and the love of his life, Heavenly Finley, played by Shirley Knight, to seek fame and fortune in New York and Hollywood. Not so lucky is Chance, however, as he picks Alexandra up in Palm Beach while playing BEACH BOY and sex slave to the stars.
Once returning home, however, Heavenly's father and brother, played aptly by Ed Begley (Oscar Winner 1962) as Tom 'Boss' Finley, and Rip Torn (who was married to Geraldine page at the time) as Thomas 'Tom' J. Finley, Jr. are trying like hell to get rid of Chance and his aging drunk of a has-been hollywood screen star.
Mildred Dunnock (Whatever Happened To Aunt Alice & The Corn Is Green)is the kind, Aunt Nonnie who secretly arranges for Chance and Heavenly to meet on the sly while Chance is in town.
Madeleine Sherwood (Mae from Cat On A Hot tin Roof) is Boss Finley's mistress, Miss Lucy and has a great bit part and a pivotal role in the film.
Alexandra comes to realize that she actually has feelings for someone other than herself in Chance and tells him. But of course, Chance runs off to his Heavenly. Many a fight ensues with a sort of happy ending, given that this is Williams!Read more ›
UPDATE: Summer and Smoke is available now, and it's wonderful; Page at her absolute finest.
My favorite character is Geraldine Page, playing Alexandra Del Lago, the flop-actress on-the-run. I have never seen anyone who can act this way, mixing panache, vulgarity and cheapness in the most delightful blend. There's a certain sweetness about her, combined with a lovable, goofy flakiness. She seems to sing most of her lines, in a brash falsetto just oozing with camp humor. She doesn't chew the scenery; she just nibbles at it in the most tantalizing way. What an actress!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dated and about characters that don't have much to recommend them. Nonetheless, Page and Newman are fun to watch.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Tennessee Williams play made into movie, Paul Newman, Geraldine Page. Need you ask for more?. Timeless classic with superb acting.Published 9 months ago by Savvy Consumer
This is an excellent movie; great performance by both Geraldine Page, and, Paul NewmanPublished 9 months ago by Richard A
We really enjoyed this movie. The actors were good and had a good story line to it.Published 12 months ago by barbara j jackson
My being from northeastern Ohio, has everything to do with me buying this on Amazon instant video. Paul Newman was born in Shaker Hts. Read morePublished 13 months ago by P. Andersen
This movie has an interesting beginning but the runs out of gas. Ed Begely won an Oscar for his performance. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Hilgeebaby!