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Writers:
Alfred Hayes (story)
Stewart Stern (screenplay)
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Release Date:
23 September 1951 (Portugal) See more »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
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Fred Zinnemann: Oscar Actors Director
 (From Alt Film Guide. 26 February 2012, 1:06 AM, PST)

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Cast

  (in credits order)

Pier Angeli ... Teresa Russo
John Ericson ... Philip Cass
Patricia Collinge ... Mrs. Clara Cass, Philip's Mother
Richard Bishop ... Mr. Cass, Philip's Father
Peggy Ann Garner ... Susan Cass

Ralph Meeker ... Sgt. Dobbs
Bill Mauldin ... Grissom
Ave Ninchi ... Teresa's Mother

Edward Binns ... Sgt. Brown

Rod Steiger ... Frank
Aldo Silvani ... Professor Crocce
Tommy Lewis ... Walter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Guido Martufi ... Sergio, Teresa's little brother
Edith Atwater ... Mrs. Lawrence (uncredited)
Lewis E. Ciannelli ... Cheyenne (uncredited)
Franco Interlenghi ... Mario (uncredited)

Lee Marvin ... G.I. (uncredited)
Richard McNamara ... G.I. cook (uncredited)
Eulabelle Moore ... Woman (uncredited)

Robert Wagner ... G.I. (uncredited)
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Directed by
Fred Zinnemann 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Alfred Hayes  story
Stewart Stern  screenplay
Stewart Stern  story

Produced by
Arthur M. Loew Jr. .... producer (as Arthur M. Loew)
 
Original Music by
Louis Applebaum 
 
Cinematography by
William Miller  (as William J. Miller)
 
Film Editing by
Dave Kummins  (as David Kummins)
Frank Sullivan 
 
Art Direction by
Leo Kerz 
 
Art Department
Italo Tomassi .... construction department head: scenic artists (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jim Shields .... sound (as James Shields)
 
Music Department
Jack Shaindlin .... musical director
Jack Shaindlin .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Arnold Laven .... script supervisor
 

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Runtime:
102 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Ed Binns' first film.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Death in Hollywood (1990) (V)See more »

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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Mixed Bag, 27 April 2001
Author: Eric Chapman (caspar_h@yahoo.com) from Pittsburgh, PA

Great looking, idiosyncratic movie with a fascinating cast and the kind of painterly imagery that lingers in the memory, but the story is a jumble and unwisely structured around a limp, spineless, infuriating character. There are so many terrific little details on the fringes that so powerfully convey a sense of time and setting (an outdoor wedding on a windy day in a bombed out Italian village, overheard conversations through thin walls on a walk up the steps of a cramped New York apartment building, an exuberant mob of WWII servicemen reuniting with their wide-eyed war brides the moment they step off the boat - sprinting to meet them and gather them up in their arms as each bride's name is called out on a loudspeaker to wild applause) that it's a shame they're attached to such a diffuse storyline.

John Ericson is a revelation (to me, at least) as the smothered, neurotic veteran (with similarities to "REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE", as others have pointed out). He looks astonishingly like Marlon Brando in many shots, and he IS a good, sensitive actor in the classic brooding mold. His scenes with the angelic Pier Angeli (future love of James Dean) are unusually tender and achingly romantic and he does an excellent job in one agonizing scene where he bombs in an ill-advised effort to make a living as a door to door salesman. The problem isn't really with his performance; it's just that his character is written in such a way that many of his actions don't seem to mesh with what's going on around him. The character loses our respect early with a terrible act of cowardice and seems to possess mild (at best) interest in getting it back. His behavior towards Angeli at one point late in the movie, is impossible to accept, as is the slushy resolution.

Extremely interesting cast if you're a movie buff. There's Ralph Meeker, the actor who replaced Brando in the stage version of "STREETCAR", if I'm not mistaken. There's Angeli and her association to Dean. And then there's Rod Steiger in his film debut, a five or so minute part as a psychiatrist. Not realizing he was in it going in, I was floored to see him turn up here and was certain at first it must just be some other actor who looked like him.

Really good movies just "nail it" somehow. Despite all its strengths, "TERESA" never quite zeroes in on what it's trying to say. It never quite achieves lift-off. Nevertheless, it's well crafted by Fred Zinnemann and parts of it really stick in the mind.

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