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Director:
Writers:
Carl Mayer (scenario)
Hermann Sudermann (from an original theme by)
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Release Date:
4 November 1927 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
A married farmer falls under the spell of a slatternly woman from the city, who tries to convince him to drown his wife. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 3 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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(94 articles)
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A story of two humans. See more (172 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

George O'Brien ... The Man

Janet Gaynor ... The Wife

Margaret Livingston ... The Woman From the City
Bodil Rosing ... The Maid
J. Farrell MacDonald ... The Photographer (as J. Farrell McDonald)
Ralph Sipperly ... The Barber

Jane Winton ... The Manicure Girl
Arthur Housman ... The Obtrusive Gentleman
Eddie Boland ... The Obliging Gentleman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Herman Bing ... Streetcar Conductor (uncredited)
Sidney Bracey ... Dance Hall Manager (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Manager of Hair Salon (uncredited)

Sally Eilers ... Woman in Dance Hall (uncredited)

Gibson Gowland ... Angry Driver (uncredited)
Fletcher Henderson ... Performer - Song: 'Tozo' (uncredited)
Thomas Jefferson ... Old Seaman (uncredited)
Bob Kortman ... Villager (uncredited)

F.W. Murnau ... Dancer (uncredited)
Barry Norton ... Ballroom Dancer / Kissing Couple (uncredited)
Robert Parrish ... Boy (uncredited)
Sally Phipps ... Ballroom Dancer / Kissing Couple (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Carnival Gallery Man with Pig (uncredited)
Phillips Smalley ... Head Waiter (uncredited)
Leo White ... Barber (uncredited)
Clarence Wilson ... Money Lender (uncredited)
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Directed by
F.W. Murnau 
 
Writing credits
Carl Mayer (scenario)

Hermann Sudermann (from an original theme by)

Katherine Hilliker (titles) and
H.H. Caldwell (titles)

Produced by
William Fox .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Sheldon Mirowitz (2011)
R.H. Bassett (Los Angeles premiere) (uncredited)
Carli Elinor (Los Angeles premiere) (uncredited)
Erno Rapee (New York premiere) (uncredited)
Hugo Riesenfeld (1928) (uncredited)
Willy Schmidt-Gentner (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Charles Rosher (photography)
Karl Struss (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Harold D. Schuster (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Rochus Gliese (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Charlie Dudley .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Herman Bing .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Don B. Greenwood .... property master (uncredited)
Alfred Metscher .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Edgar G. Ulmer .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Gordon Wiles .... art department head (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Frank D. Williams .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Max M. Autrey .... still photographer (uncredited)
Hal Carney .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Frank Powolny .... still photographer (uncredited)
Stuart Thompson .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Maurice Baron .... orchestrator: Erno Rapee score (uncredited)
 
Other crew
William Fox .... presents
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans" - USA (original title)
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Runtime:
94 min | Germany:106 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Movietone) (musical score and sound effects) | Silent (alternate version)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Germany:6 | Portugal:17 (director's cut) | South Korea:15 (2004) | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video re-rating) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Trivia:
Sunrise (1927) was released a month after The Jazz Singer (1927). Although feted by the critics and containing a then highly progressive use of sound, it failed to connect with audiences who were now clamoring for films where the actors spoke in them.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The number of bottles left on the table after the piglet bumps it changes between shots. There are five bottles when the piglet bumps it, but when the Man comes in and grabs the piglet there are seven bottles on it.See more »
Quotes:
[opening title cards]
Title Card:This song of the Man and his Wife is of no place and every place; you might hear it anywhere, at any time.
Title Card:For wherever the sun rises and sets, in the city's turmoil or under the open sky on the farm, life is much the same; sometimes bitter, sometimes sweet.
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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A story of two humans., 5 December 2001
Author: Glenn Andreiev (gandreiev@aol.com) from Huntington, NY

SUNRISE is easily the greatest film made in the silent era. Murnau's story (or filmed poem, according to the credits) is about a troubled farmer (George O'Brien) and his secret girlfriend (Margaret Livingston) plotting to murder his wife (Janet Gaynor, possibly the sweetest, most likable adult character in film history!) The storyline, the dark, moody photography, the creepy sets (especially that swamp!) makes you think this will be a thriller with an unhappy ending, much like AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY. About half-way through the film, Murnau pulls such a daring 180 degree turn with his film, you'll shake your head, and will love it. I doubt film-makers today would try for such a daring move!

It is shame that Murnau died middle aged in 1931. Had he of lived another 30 years, and made films up until the age of Cinemascope, looser censorship, 60's technology, what great films we would have.

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