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A Place in the Sun (1951)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 14 August 1951 (USA)
A poor boy gets a job working for his rich uncle and ends up falling in love with two women.

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Lois Chartrand ...
Marsha
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Storyline

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

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A Love Story Of Today's Youth... with three magnificent young stars See more »

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Drama | Romance

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14 August 1951 (USA)  »

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An American Tragedy  »

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$2,295,304 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although the film was released in 1951, it was shot in 1949. Paramount Studios had already released its blockbuster Sunset Blvd. (1950) in 1950 when this film wrapped. The studio did not want what was sure to be another blockbuster in this film competing for Oscars with "Sunset Blvd." so it waited until 1951 to release this film, which actually pleased director George Stevens, as he would use the extra time to spend editing the film. As it turned out, the two films would have competed against each other at the Oscars had they been released the same year. See more »

Goofs

During a one-on-one conversation between George and Mr. Vickers, George explains his family background and why he wishes to take care of Angela. He is clearly seated to the left of Mr. Vickers. Several close-up reactions reveal Mr. Vickers speaking towards his right side. See more »

Quotes

Angela: Did you promise to be a good boy? Not to waste your time on girls?
George Eastman: I don't waste my time.
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Connections

Referenced in South of Wawa (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Rescue the Perishing
(1869) (uncredited)
Hymn by Fanny Crosby
Music by Howard Doane (1870)
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User Reviews

 
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 Taylor—never 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 annoying—a 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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