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Director:
Writers:
Robert Ardrey (screenplay)
Gustave Flaubert (novel)
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Release Date:
23 January 1950 (Sweden) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
All she wanted was everything. See more »
Plot:
A provincial doctor's wife's romantic illusions about life and social status lead her to betray her naive husband, take on lovers and run up ruinous debts. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
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Flaubert revisited by Hollywood. See more (31 total) »

Cast

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Jennifer Jones ... Emma Bovary

James Mason ... Gustave Flaubert

Van Heflin ... Charles Bovary

Louis Jourdan ... Rodolphe Boulanger
Alf Kjellin ... Leon Dupuis (as Christopher Kent)

Gene Lockhart ... J. Homais
Frank Allenby ... Lhereux

Gladys Cooper ... Mme. Dupuis

John Abbott ... Mayor Tuvache

Harry Morgan ... Hyppolite (as Henry Morgan)
George Zucco ... Dubocage

Ellen Corby ... Felicite

Eduard Franz ... Roualt
Henri Letondal ... Guillaumin
Esther Somers ... Mme. Lefrancois
Frederic Tozere ... Pinard
Paul Cavanagh ... Marquis D'Andervilliers
Larry Simms ... Justin
Dawn Kinney ... Berthe

Vernon Steele ... Priest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ed Agresti ... Man (uncredited)
John Ardizoni ... Lagandy (uncredited)
Florence Auer ... Mme. Petree (uncredited)
Charles Bancroft ... Man (uncredited)
Paul Bryar ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Jeanine Caruso ... Berthe Bovary, at 15 Months (uncredited)
David Cavendish ... Man (uncredited)
Andre Charisse ... Young Man (uncredited)
Fred Cordova ... Guest (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Village Official at Agricultural Show (uncredited)
George Davis ... Innkeeper (uncredited)
Charles De Ravenne ... Pimply-Faced Youth (uncredited)
Dickie Derrel ... Urchin (uncredited)
Edith Evanson ... Mother Superior (uncredited)
Jack George ... Opera Conductor (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Guest (uncredited)
Teddy Infuhr ... Nosey Boy at Rouault's Home (uncredited)
Karl Johnson ... Drunken Guest (uncredited)
Edward Keane ... Presiding Judge (uncredited)
Victor Kilian ... Speaker at Agricultural Show (uncredited)
Harold Krueger ... Harelip Youth (uncredited)
Ann Kunde ... Guest (uncredited)
Gracille LaVinder ... Woman (uncredited)
Bert LeBaron ... Young Man (uncredited)
Eula Morgan ... Woman (uncredited)
Mayo Newhall ... Man (uncredited)
Manuel París ... Servant (uncredited)
Lon Poff ... Guest (uncredited)
Constance Purdy ... Mme. Foulard (uncredited)
Phil Schumacher ... Guest (uncredited)
Helen St. Rayner ... Opera Singer (uncredited)
Jack Stoney ... Guest (uncredited)
Helen Thurston ... Guest (uncredited)
Sailor Vincent ... Guest (uncredited)
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Directed by
Vincente Minnelli 
 
Writing credits
Robert Ardrey (screenplay)

Gustave Flaubert (novel)

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Miklós Rózsa  (as Miklos Rozsa)
 
Cinematography by
Robert H. Planck (director of photography) (as Robert Planck)
 
Film Editing by
Ferris Webster 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Jack Martin Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup designer
Larry Germain .... hair stylist: Miss Jones
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Al Shenberg .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alfred Raboch .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Richard Pefferle .... associate set decorator (as Richard A. Pefferle)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording supervisor
Standish J. Lambert .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Long .... grip (uncredited)
S.C. Manatt .... still photographer (uncredited)
Harkness Smith .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Walter Plunkett .... costumes: women
Valles .... costumes: men
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Eugene Zador .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jack Donohue .... choreographer
David O. Selznick .... appear by arrangement with: Miss Jones, Mr. Jourdan and Mr. Kent
Jack Aldworth .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
114 min | Argentina:130 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Canada:14A (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #13686) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
Director Vincente Minnelli wanted Lana Turner for the role of Emma, but Turner found the script dull and flat, refusing to accept the role; she was also pregnant at the time, another reason for her turning it down. Jennifer Jones was cast instead.See more »
Quotes:
Emma Bovary:Is it a crime to want things to be beautiful?See more »
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29 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Flaubert revisited by Hollywood., 1 August 2001
Author: dbdumonteil

Three versions stand out as far as Flaubert's classic is concerned:the Jean Renoir one,with Valentine Tessier,which has not worn well,the acting has become unconvincing and almost lurid when you see it today,Minelli's version and Claude Chabrol's starring Isabelle Huppert ,which doesn't avoid totally academism,despite Jean-François Balmer's portrayal of Charles that steals the show . Now for Minelli 's attempt:some have been hard on his rendition,and however,it features the best Emma ever:Jennifer Jones,the romantic heroine par excellence.Her savage beauty,looking tense,triumphs here. The supporting acts are well-chosen:Van Heflin is oafish,meek.The French Louis Jourdan is well-cast as Rodolphe Boulanger,Emma's lover who betrays her and leaves her to despair.Their final confrontation,in Boulanger's luxury mansion oozes hatred and contempt. The main drawback is the rural background:Minelli did not realize how this country life disgusted Emma:the wedding,a very very peasant one ,which Flaubert describes in lavish detail,is too short on the screen.The farms are too clean-Emma dreamed her childhood away because she could not stand the mediocrity of her milieu.She jumped out of the frying pan into the fire:a two-bit doctor,a would-be sawbones who 's totally incompetent.Van Heflin's rendering makes up for Minelli's weaknesses.The movie is sandwiched between two brief scenes of Flaubert 's trial (He was accused of immorality in his book),that's redundant.It would have been better to tell the audience about Emma's daughter's terrible fate:after the doctor's death,an orphan,she becomes a worker in a spinning mill.Supreme decay for a mother who was longing to be a socialite.

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