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Director:
Writers:
Charles Brackett (written by) &
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Release Date:
25 August 1950 (Australia) See more »
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Tagline:
A Hollywood Story See more »
Plot:
A hack screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent-film star who has faded into Hollywood obscurity. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 3 Oscars. Another 17 wins & 13 nominations See more »
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A true Hollywood horror story See more (402 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Holden ... Joe Gillis

Gloria Swanson ... Norma Desmond

Erich von Stroheim ... Max Von Mayerling

Nancy Olson ... Betty Schaefer

Fred Clark ... Sheldrake
Lloyd Gough ... Morino

Jack Webb ... Artie Green
Franklyn Farnum ... Undertaker
Larry J. Blake ... 1st Finance Man (as Larry Blake)
Charles Dayton ... 2nd Finance Man

Cecil B. DeMille ... Cecil B. DeMille (in opening credits) (as Cecil B. De Mille)

Hedda Hopper ... Hedda Hopper

Buster Keaton ... Buster Keaton

Anna Q. Nilsson ... Anna Q. Nilsson

H.B. Warner ... H. B. Warner
Ray Evans ... Ray Evans
Jay Livingston ... Jay Livingston
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Aldrich ... Cop Who Drags Joe's Body from Pool (uncredited)
Joel Allen ... Prop Man #2 (uncredited)
Gertrude Astor ... Courtier (uncredited)
Danny Borzage ... Accordionist (uncredited)
Ken Christy ... Homicide Captain (uncredited)

Ruth Clifford ... Sheldrake's Secretary (uncredited)
John Cortay ... Mac - Young Gate Guard at Paramount Studios (uncredited)
Archie R. Dalzell ... Camera Operator (uncredited)
Eddie Dew ... Assistant Coroner (uncredited)
Peter Drynan ... Tailor (uncredited)

Julia Faye ... Hisham (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ... Phone Standby (uncredited)
Gerry Ganzer ... Connie - Betty's Roommate (uncredited)
Kenneth Gibson ... Salesman at Men's Shop (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Sanford E. Greenwald ... Newsreel Cameraman (uncredited)
Creighton Hale ... Creighton Hale (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Grip on DeMille Set (uncredited)
James Hawley ... Camera Assistant (uncredited)
Len Hendry ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
E. Mason Hopper ... Doctor (uncredited)
Stan Johnson ... First Assistant Director (uncredited)
Tiny Jones ... Little Woman outside Paramount Gate (uncredited)
Howard Joslin ... Police Lieutenant (uncredited)
Arthur Lane ... Camera Operator (uncredited)
Perc Launders ... Violinist at Norma's New Year's Eve Party (uncredited)
William Meader ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Gertrude Messinger ... Hairdresser (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Man on Golf Course (uncredited)
John 'Skins' Miller ... Hog-eye - Electrician (uncredited)
Lee Miller ... Dancing Party Guest / Paramount Studio Employee (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... Prop Man #1 (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Gordon Cole (uncredited)
Jay Morley ... Fat Man (uncredited)
Bernice Mosk ... Bernice (uncredited)
Howard Negley ... Police Captain (uncredited)
Ottola Nesmith ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Eva Novak ... Courtier (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Courtier (uncredited)
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Jonesy - Older Paramount Gate Guard (uncredited)
Jack Perrin ... Detective (uncredited)
Virginia L. Randolph ... Courtier (uncredited)
Bill Sheehan ... Second Assistant Director (uncredited)
Sidney Skolsky ... Sidney Skolsky (uncredited)
Emmett Smith ... Black Man (uncredited)
Roy Thompson ... Rudy - Shoeshine Boy (uncredited)
Archie Twitchell ... Salesman at Men's Shop (uncredited)

Yvette Vickers ... Giggling Girl on Phone at Party (uncredited)
Edward Wahrman ... Camera Assistant (uncredited)

Henry Wilcoxon ... Actor on DeMille's 'Samson & Delilah' Set (uncredited)
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Directed by
Billy Wilder 
 
Writing credits
Charles Brackett (written by) &
Billy Wilder (written by) &
D.M. Marshman Jr. (written by)

Produced by
Charles Brackett .... producer
 
Original Music by
Franz Waxman 
 
Cinematography by
John F. Seitz (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Arthur P. Schmidt  (as Arthur Schmidt)
 
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
John Meehan 
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Ray Moyer 
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Nellie Manley .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Karl Silvera .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Frank Thayer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Vera Tomei .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Hugh Brown .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles C. Coleman .... assistant director (as C.C. Coleman Jr.)
Gerd Oswald .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Steve Beers .... head carpenter (uncredited)
Jack Colconda .... props assistant (uncredited)
Gene Lauritzen .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Tom Plews .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Cope .... sound recordist
Harry Lindgren .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Gordon Jennings .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Otto Pierce .... camera operator (uncredited)
Glen E. Richardson .... still photographer (uncredited)
Harlow Stengel .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Walter Tayler .... gaffer (uncredited)
Fred True .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ed Fitzharris .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Hazel Hegarty .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Doane Harrison .... editorial supervisor
Frank Bracht .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Lupe Hall .... script clerk (uncredited)
Ronnie Lubin .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Norris Stensland .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sunset Boulevard" - UK, USA (alternative spelling)
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Runtime:
110 min | Argentina:115 min | West Germany:104 min (cut version)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Germany:12 (re-rating) | Hungary:14 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1951) | Portugal:M/12 (DVD rating) | South Korea:15 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 (original rating) | Sweden:11 (re-rating) (1982) | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2002) | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) (2003) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #13955) | West Germany:16 (original rating)

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Trivia:
Joe Gillis mentions that the painting of wild horses that covers the projection screen in Norma Desmond's mansion was given to her by "some Nevada Chamber of Commerce." This is a nod to retired silent movie star Clara Bow, whose husband Rex Bell, a former star of Western B-movies, was the president of the Nevada Chamber of Commerce, and later Lieutenant Governor of Nevada.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Norma tells Joe how Mabel Normand was a Mack Sennett Bathing Beauty with her in the old days, but Mabel was never in that group, having left Keystone for Goldwyn by the time they became a film staple.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Joe Gillis:Yes, this is Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, California. It's about 5 0'clock in the morning. That's the homicide squad, complete with detectives and newspaper men.
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Soundtrack:
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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
A true Hollywood horror story, 15 March 2008
Author: Wayne Malin (wwaayynnee51@hotmail.com) from United States

Hack screenwriter Joe Gillis (William Holden) accidentally falls in with faded screen legend Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson). She lives in a crumbling old mansion with her butler Max (Erich von Stroheim). She refuses to believe that she's no longer remembered and will never make another movie. She gets Gillis to stay with her and rewrite "Salome" which she thinks will be her comeback. Gillis has no other choice and things slowly get out of hand.

A VERY cynical view of Hollywood--especially for 1950. It shows what Hollywood does to people like Norma--it makes them stars, tells them that they're great and dump them coldly when they're no longer needed. It also takes swipes at directors, agents, screenwriters, even entire studios! It has a tight quick script, is appropriately filmed in gloomy black and white and is masterfully directed by Billy Wilder. Everybody thought this was a bad idea when it was being made. It was believed to be too cold and vicious for the public. Also Holden was warned it would ruin his career by playing a younger man kept by an older woman. But it turned out great and is now rightfully considered a classic.

The acting is almost all good. I never thought Nancy Olson was that good. Her character is too pure and sweet to be believable. Everybody else is right on target though. Holden is just great in his role. You see the pity, anger and helplessness on his face when he realizes Norma is falling in love with him--and he's trapped. von Stroheim was equally good as Max who encourages Norma's delusions. Swanson however is just magnificent! She has a very showy role and could have overplayed it--but she doesn't. She's mad for sure--but you only see it peeking through every once in a while. When she loses it completely at the end it's frightening. If she had played it like that all through the movie it never would have worked. How she lost the Oscar that year to Judy Holliday for "Born Yesterday" is beyond me. This is a must see and a true Hollywood classic but VERY cold and cynical. A 10 all the way.

"I am big--it's the pictures that got small". "All right Mr. deMille--I'm ready for my closeup".

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