Sweet Bird of Youth
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Drifter Chance Wayne returns to his hometown after many years of trying to make it in the movies. With him is a faded film star he picked up along the way, Alexandra Del Lago. While trying to get her help to make a screen test, he also finds the time to meet his former girlfriend Heavenly, the daughter of the local politician Tom 'Boss' Finley, who more or less forced him to leave the town many years ago.
- New featurette Sweet Bird of Youth: Chasing Time
- Vintage Geraldine Page and Rip Torn screen test
- Theatrical trailer
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May he rest in peace, a great actor and humanitarian, that being said, some of the best films of the late 1950's especially the ones with the bad boy or loner types, Paul Newman owned those parts- only Brando was also a contender ( no pun intended ) . Paul Newman sweated S-E-X in a clean cut 1950's way and he did justice to this part. Seeing him with the always regal Geraldine Page was like eating a big slice of cheesecake with strawberries AND ice-cream. I don't know why I waited so long to watch this, since I own a few Paul Newman movies on DVD. Oh well, save "one" of the best for last, I guess.
Seeing Shirley Knight in the film was interesting, for me at least. I own a vhs tape YES vhs of a movie called "Little boy blue" it stars John Savage (The Deer Hunter) and a very young Ryan Phillipe. if you've never seen this film before check it out. Especially anyone whose a Shirley Knight fan, you're in for a big , yet pleasant surprise. The lady still had serious acting chops in the late 1990's. Sweet Bird of Youth is a wonderful film for a lazy summer afternoon or evening when there's nothing worth watching on t.v., good casting all around and the different taboo subjects the film briefly touched upon was well done.
If you like Paul Newman and you've never seen this ( late like me !!? ) or you love it. click yes below on my review. Thank you.
I had just seen a regional theatrical production of "Sweet Bird of Youth" the night before that was absolutely atrocious. It was possibly worst than a high school level production. But even with that production, I suspected that the movie was going to be much better. I wasn't wrong.
This goes right up there with "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "Suddenly Last Summer"!
Paul Newman and Geraldine Chaplin are outstanding and nuanced in their performances. The adult drama is presented within the limits of censors of the time.This movie is worthy of viewing to appreciate the fine acting and superb dialogue.
UPDATE: Summer and Smoke is available now, and it's wonderful; Page at her absolute finest.
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Hot Toasty Rag, July 10, 2017
In Sweet Bird of Youth, Paul Newman reprises his stage role in Tennessee Williams’s play.Read more