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A Place in the Sun (1951)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 11 October 1951 (France)
A poor boy gets a job working for his rich uncle and ends up falling in love with two women.

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Cast

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Hannah Eastman
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Earl Eastman
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Bellows
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Dist. Atty. R. Frank Marlowe
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Louise Eastman
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Art Jansen - George's Attorney
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Judge R.S. Oldendorff
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Coroner
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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Young people asking so much of Life... taking so much of Love! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Release Date:

11 October 1951 (France)  »

Also Known As:

An American Tragedy  »

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Box Office

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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

While Elizabeth Taylor and Shelley Winters had nothing but praise for George Stevens as a director, Montgomery Clift found him lacking and unimaginative, labelling him a mere "craftsman." Clift's biggest disagreement with Stevens did not deal with the character of George, but with Winters' character, Alice Tripp. He thought that Tripp should be much more sympathetic, and that Winters was playing her all wrong. See more »

Goofs

At Loon Lake, when George and Angela5 hear a loon, they look up into some trees to see the bird. Loons are never found in trees. They nest on the ground near lakes and live on the water. They are solely aquatic birds, waterfowl. See more »

Quotes

Truck driver that picks up George hitchhiking: [First Lines]
[pulling up to Eastman Industries]
Truck driver that picks up George hitchhiking: Is this the place?
George Eastman: Yeah.
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Connections

Version of Americká tragédia (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

At the Race
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Music by Rudolph G. Kopp
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Let's hear it for William C. Mellor
18 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

Isn't IMDb great? As well as reading the detailed and thoughtful criticisms from contributors about a film like this, you can browse through all sorts of IMDb trivia, discovering interesting stuff all the time. My latest favourite activity on the site is checking out films that won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography. Needless to say A Place in the Sun won this award for William C. Mellor. Much has already been said of the beauty and precision of the images. I'd like to add a comment about one shot where Clift is coerced into a speedboat ride with Taylor and her rich pals. The static camera is on the jetty with a portable radio in close-up. The speedboat pulling away and doing a spin in the bay occupies our middle vision, while hills and boats lie in the distance. All of them are in wonderful pin-sharp deep focus, a skill that seems all but lost in today's productions. The radio announces the discovery of the girl's body while the boat speeds past, completing the dramatic reason for the shot.

A funny thing I've noticed about these great cinematographers is they all seemed to live a good long life, usually working right up the end of their lives. I don't know why, I just thought I'd mention it!


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