A struggling young actress with a six-year-old daughter sets up housekeeping with a homeless black widow and her light-skinned eight-year-old daughter who rejects her mother by trying to pass for white.
The young and poor George Eastman (Montgomery Clift) leaves his religious mother and Chicago and arrives in California expecting to find a better job in the business of his wealthy uncle Charles Eastman. His cousin Earl Eastman advises him that there are many women in the factory and the basic rule is that he must not hang around with any of them. George meets the worker of the assembly line, Alice Tripp, in the movie theater and they date. Meanwhile, the outcast George is promoted and he meets the gorgeous Angela Vickers at a party thrown at his uncle's house. Angela introduces him to the local high society and they fall in love with each other. However, Alice is pregnant and she wants to get married with George. During a dinner party at Angela's lake house with parents, relatives, and friends, Alice calls George from the bus station and gives him thirty minutes to meet her; otherwise she will crash the party and tell what has happened. George is pressed by the situation which ends ... Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
George Stevens often referred to Technicolor as having an "Oh what a beautiful morning" quality to it, something completely inappropriate to the tone of this film, hence it was made in black and white. See more »
Alice Tripp is wearing different shoes when she starts walking home from the movie with George Eastman than she is when they are close to where she lives. When Winters pointed out to director Stevens that the brown and white shoes she was wearing turned to black when she walked around the corner, the director refused to reshoot the scene. According to Winters he said, "If they're looking at her feet I can go home." See more »
If he's innocent, I'll get the best defence I can get for him. If he *is* guilty, I won't spend a single cent to save him from the electric chair!
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Stevens took a sensitivity that hadn't been used since "Jane Eyre."
This is a movie about George Eastman (Clift), a young, gentle laborer without social standing who longs for the better things in life He is swept off his feet after a chance encounter with wealth, success and upper-class snobbery
George is introduced to a stunning socialite Angela Vickers (Liz Taylornever so beautiful) full of sensual delight and threatened by an unattractive factory girl (Alice) he's already made pregnant Angela and George fall deeply in love, but Alice Tripp (Winters) presses and chases George until he agrees to marry her He has a desperate decision, but hesitates Finding they can't get married over the Labor Day weekend, George takes Alice boating
Shelley Winters was extraordinary as the distressed co-worker She made the wronged employee an understandable reaction to human dimensions As she sits in the rowboat, unconsciously torturing Clift with her thoughts of their future together, Winters is both pathetic and annoyinga special candidate to get rid of
The impact of the film depends absolutely on a moral climate that has now less impact on our society Pre-marital sex is no longer disapproved and abortions are easier to obtain But the film's power resided in its exceptionally convincing depiction of the points and questions created by these situations
"A Place in the Sun" was nominated for nine Academy Awards, and won six
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