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Release Date:
11 October 1951 (France) See more »
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Tagline:
Love that paid the severest of all penalties! See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
Won 6 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Masterpiece, by George Stevens See more (137 total) »

Cast

  (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)
Charles Dayton ... Det. Kelly (uncredited)
Marilyn Dialon ... Frances Brand (uncredited)
Mike Donovan ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Frances Driver ... Lulu - Vickers' Maid (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
 
Stunts
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
 
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Runtime:
122 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
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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With this film, Elizabeth Taylor found herself in the most demanding role of her career. George Stevens asked much of her in take after take, but Taylor appreciated the challenge. She was quoted as saying, "[Stevens] didn't make me feel like a puppet. He was an insinuating director. He gave indications of what he wanted but didn't tell you specifically what to do or how to move. He would just say, ?No, stop ? that's not quite right,' and make you get it from your insides and do it again until it was the way he wanted it." Stevens himself saw what Taylor was up against: "If she thought I was more severe than needed, she'd spit fire. But the following morning she had forgotten it completely....She had enormous beauty but she wasn't charmed by it. It was there. It was a handicap and she discouraged people being overimpressed with it. She was seventeen, and she had been an actress all her life. The only thing was to prod her a bit into realizing her dramatic potential."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the boat scene, the collar of Alice's dress keeps popping in and out of her coat lapel. In the close-ups it's on top of the coat, when shot from George's side of the boat it's under the coat.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Transformers (2007)See more »
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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A Masterpiece, by George Stevens, 19 March 2012
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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 (Herbert Heyes). His cousin Earl Eastman (Keefe Brasselle) 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 (Shelley Winters) in the movie theater and they date. Meanwhile, the outcast George is promoted and he meets the gorgeous Angela Vickers (Elizabeth Taylor) in a party 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 thirty minutes to him to meet her; otherwise she will crash the party and tells what has happened. George is pressed by the situation that ends in a tragedy.

"A Place in the Sun" is an unforgettable masterpiece by George Stevens and one of the best love stories ever made, with the perfect development of characters and situations. I watched this film for the first time on 14 June 2001 on cable television and yesterday I saw it again on a Paramount DVD with Extras telling details about the difficulties that George Stevens faced to bring Theodore Dreiser's novel "An American Tragedy" to a motion picture and casting. He had to sue Paramount to carry out the signed contract and get the agreed budget. Another interesting point is Shelley Winters, who was a sex symbol at that time, telling how she got the role of Alice Tripp. Elizabeth Taylor also tells funny things about her relationship with Montgomery Cliff. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "Um Lugar Ao Sol" ("A Place in the Sun")

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