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A Place in the Sun -- Montgomery Clift stars as George Eastman, a poor young man determined to win a place in respectable society and the heart of a beautiful socialite (Elizabeth Taylor). Shelley Winters plays the factory girl whose dark secret threatens Eastman's professional and romantic prospects.


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Release Date:
11 October 1951 (France) See more »
Love that paid the severest of all penalties! See more »
A poor boy gets a job working for his rich uncle and ends up falling in love with two women. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won 6 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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Ahead of it's time and deserving of all praise. See more (138 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Montgomery Clift ... George Eastman

Elizabeth Taylor ... Angela Vickers

Shelley Winters ... Alice Tripp

Anne Revere ... Hannah Eastman

Keefe Brasselle ... Earl Eastman

Fred Clark ... Bellows

Raymond Burr ... Dist. Atty. R. Frank Marlowe
Herbert Heyes ... Charles Eastman
Shepperd Strudwick ... Anthony Vickers
Frieda Inescort ... Mrs. Ann Vickers
Kathryn Givney ... Louise Eastman
Walter Sande ... Art Jansen - George's Attorney

Ted de Corsia ... Judge R.S. Oldendorff
John Ridgely ... Coroner
Lois Chartrand ... Marsha
Paul Frees ... Rev. Morrison
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert J. Anderson ... Eagle Scout (uncredited)
Gertrude Astor ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Lulu Mae Bohrman ... Party Guest (uncredited)
John Breen ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Steve Carruthers ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Ken Christy ... Warden (uncredited)
Pat Combs ... (uncredited)
Frances Curry ... Lulu - Vickers' Maid (uncredited)
Charles Dayton ... Det. Kelly (uncredited)
Marilyn Dialon ... Frances Brand (uncredited)
Mike Donovan ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Ralph Dunn ... Policeman (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Company Executive (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Courtroom Reporter (uncredited)
Ann Fredericks ... Girl (uncredited)

Kathleen Freeman ... Factory Worker - Prosecution Witness (uncredited)
Art Gilmore ... Radio Broadcaster / Trailer Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Lisa Golm ... Eastmans' Maid (uncredited)
Herschel Graham ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Marion Gray ... (uncredited)
Dolores Hall ... Girl (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Man (uncredited)
Len Hendry ... Guard (uncredited)
James Horne Jr. ... Tom Tipton (uncredited)
Sonny Howe ... (uncredited)
Frank Hyers ... Guard (uncredited)
Carmencita Johnson ... Girl (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Jack Kenny ... Man Listing to Singing (uncredited)
Mary Kent ... Mrs. Roberts - Landlady (uncredited)
Philip Kieffer ... Jailer (uncredited)
Ann Kunde ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Joseph La Cava ... Waiter (uncredited)
Louise Lane ... Girl (uncredited)
Mike Mahoney ... Motorcycle Officer (uncredited)
Robert Malcolm ... Guard (uncredited)
Hank Mann ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Martin Mason ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Harold McNulty ... Jury Foreman (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... (uncredited)
Lee Miller ... Bus Driver (uncredited)
Pearl Miller ... Miss Newton (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Courtroom Extra (uncredited)
Hans Moebus ... William - Butler at Eastman Home (uncredited)
Jay Morley ... Executive (uncredited)
William B. Murphy ... Mr. Whiting (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Servant at Eastman's Party (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Factory Floorman (uncredited)
Ed O'Neill ... Deputy (uncredited)
Ezelle Poule ... Receptionist (uncredited)
Joe Recht ... Prisoner (uncredited)
John M. Reed ... Joe Parker (uncredited)
Ervin Richardson ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)

Kasey Rogers ... Miss Harper (uncredited)
Wallace Scott ... Factory Guard (uncredited)
Bill Sheehan ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Drunk (uncredited)
Douglas Spencer ... Boatkeeper (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Company Executive (uncredited)
Cliff Storey ... (uncredited)
Jack Tornek ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Juror (uncredited)
Dorothy Vernon ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Josephine Whittell ... Margaret - Eastman's Secretary (uncredited)
Chalky Williams ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Vickers' Butler (uncredited)

Ian Wolfe ... Dr. Wyeland (uncredited)
Frank Yaconelli ... Truck Driver (uncredited)

Directed by
George Stevens 
Writing credits
Theodore Dreiser (novel "An American Tragedy")

Patrick Kearney (play adapted from the novel)

Michael Wilson (screenplay) and
Harry Brown (screenplay)

Produced by
Ivan Moffat .... associate producer
George Stevens .... producer
Original Music by
Franz Waxman (music score)
Cinematography by
William C. Mellor (director of photography)
Film Editing by
William Hornbeck (edited by)
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
Walter H. Tyler  (as Walter Tyler)
Set Decoration by
Emile Kuri 
Costume Design by
Edith Head (costumes)
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Charles Gemora .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Charles Gemora .... makeup artist: Elizabeth Taylor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles C. Coleman .... assistant director (as C.C. Coleman Jr.)
Gerd Oswald .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Gene Garvin .... sound recordist
Gene Merritt .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Loyal Griggs .... process photography
Gordon Jennings .... special photographic effects
Paul Baxley .... stunt double: Montgomery Clift (uncredited)
Polly Burson .... stunt double: Shelley Winters (uncredited)
Helen Thurston .... stunt double: Shelley Winters (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
David Buttolph .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Gerard Carbonara .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Aaron Copland .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
John C. Hammell .... music editor (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Miklós Rózsa .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Van Cleave .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Roy Webb .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Victor Young .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Fred Guiol .... associate director
Howie Horwitz .... assistant to the producer
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
122 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Argentina:13 (DVD rating) | Australia:PG (DVD re-rating) | Australia:G (original DVD rating) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #14461) | West Germany:12 (f)

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The box office failure of the 1931 adaptation of An American Tragedy (1931) prompted the filmmakers to seek an alternative title. One such title was "The Prize". There was a $100 reward for whoever came up with the best new title, and George Stevens's associate Ivan Moffat successfully pitched for "A Place in the Sun". He never received his $100 reward.See more »
Continuity: At the party at the Eastman house, George is shown talking to Angela right next to the billiard table. George holds a billiard stick in his hand. Then Mr. Eastman comes into the billiard room, and simultaneously George turns to greet him, but suddenly the billiard stick is not in his hand at all, but is now lying on the billiard table.See more »
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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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Ahead of it's time and deserving of all praise., 10 November 2006
Author: SmileysWorld from United States

This film is very different from anything of it's time that I have ever seen.A man has a one night stand with a coworker and gets her pregnant.THEN he meets the woman of his dreams,the woman with everything;charm,good looks and Daddy's money.We then have a man who is torn between choosing to have it all and doing the right thing.The result of his struggles ends up very tragically as you will see.I was very taken aback by the film's sexual overtones,though it was only hinted at,of course.With the barrage of remakes in recent years,I am surprised it has not been remade with stronger sexual content.This is a very enjoyable film with good performances all around,particularly those of Shelley Winters and Monty Clift.Liz Taylor's strong screen presence is also a delight.A definite thumbs up.

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