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Carrie -- As Carrie, the smalltown girl come to Chicago, Jennifer Jones "seems to have stepped out of the pages of the book" (Time). And Laurence Olivier gives one of his finest portrayals as love-doomed Hurstwood.

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31 October 1952 (Finland) See more »
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Carrie boards the train to Chicago with big ambitions. She gets a job stitching shoes and her sister's... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 nominations See more »
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beautifully made drama with a staggering performance by Olivier See more (34 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Laurence Olivier ... George Hurstwood

Jennifer Jones ... Carrie Meeber

Miriam Hopkins ... Julie Hurstwood

Eddie Albert ... Charles Drouet
Basil Ruysdael ... Mr. Fitzgerald

Ray Teal ... Allen - Bondsman
Barry Kelley ... Slawson
Sara Berner ... Mrs. Oransky

William Reynolds ... George Hurstwood, Jr. (as William Regnolds)
Mary Murphy ... Jessica Hurstwood
Harry Hayden ... O'Brien

Charles Halton ... Factory Foreman
Walter Baldwin ... Mr. Meeber - Carrie's Father

Dorothy Adams ... Mrs. Meeber - Carrie's Mother
Jacqueline deWit ... Carrie's Sister Minnie (as Jacqueline de Witt)
Harlan Briggs ... Joe Brant
Melinda Plowman ... Little Girl
Donald Kerr ... Slawson's Bartender

Don Beddoe ... Mr. Goodman

John Alvin ... Stage Manager
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Smith ... Job Seeker

Frank Wilcox ... Maitre D' (scenes deleted)
Judith Adams ... Bride (uncredited)
Eric Alden ... Bartender (uncredited)
Ben Astar ... Louis the Headwaiter (uncredited)
William Bailey ... Man at Bar (uncredited)
Gail Bonney ... Older Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Joseph Bryan ... Waiter (uncredited)
Paul E. Burns ... Coachman (uncredited)
Roy Butler ... Train Conductor (uncredited)
Bruce Carruthers ... Waiter (uncredited)
Douglas Carter ... Businessman (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Waiter (uncredited)
Cliff Clark ... Policeman (uncredited)
Edward Clark ... Tom - Ticket Agent (uncredited)
James Cornell ... Brakeman (uncredited)
Oliver Cross ... Host (uncredited)

Royal Dano ... Captain (uncredited)
James Davies ... Waiter (uncredited)
Dulcie Day ... Bride's Mother (uncredited)
Jean De Briac ... Wine Steward (uncredited)
Harry Denny ... Elderly Man (uncredited)
Mike Donovan ... Train Conductor (uncredited)
Martin Doric ... Maitre D' (uncredited)
Jay Eaton ... Bride's Father (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Al Ferguson ... Patron at Slawson's (uncredited)
Margaret Field ... Servant Girl (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Mike - Bartender (uncredited)
Robert Foulk ... Sven (uncredited)
Gerry Ganzer ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Bartender (uncredited)
Slim Gaut ... Vagrant (uncredited)
Harper Goff ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Kit Guard ... Vagrant (uncredited)
Lois Hall ... Lola (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Theatre Cashier (uncredited)
Jim Hayward ... Hirer (uncredited)
Len Hendry ... Frank (uncredited)
Frank Pat Henry ... Cabbie (uncredited)
Harry Hines ... Old Floorman at Flophouse (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Jerry James ... Boy Friend (uncredited)
Richard Kipling ... Farmer (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw ... Waiter at Slawson's (uncredited)
Nolan Leary ... Cabbie (uncredited)

Elmo Lincoln ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jack Low ... Minor Role (uncredited)
George Magrill ... Customer at Slawson's (uncredited)
Mike Mahoney ... Call Boy (uncredited)
Eddie Marr ... Necktie Salesman (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ... Waiter (uncredited)
Daria Massey ... Carrie's Sister (uncredited)
Charles McAvoy ... Policeman (uncredited)

Frank McLure ... Restaurant Customer (uncredited)
William Meader ... Stage Door Johnny (uncredited)
George Melford ... Patron at Slawson's (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Beer-Drinking Stagehand (uncredited)
Howard M. Mitchell ... Businessman (uncredited)

Ralph Moody ... Vagrant (uncredited)
Frances Morris ... Maid (uncredited)
Herman Nowlin ... Hack Driver (uncredited)
G. Raymond Nye ... Waiter (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Waiter (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Hotel Waiter (uncredited)
Kenneth Patterson ... Mr. Callan - Reporter (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Passerby on Sidewalk (uncredited)
Joe Ploski ... Chef (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Lunch Wagon Counterman (uncredited)
Allan Ray ... Stage Door Johnny (uncredited)
Jack Roberts ... Vagrant at Hofer's (uncredited)
Raymond Roe ... Boy (uncredited)
Ralph Sanford ... Older Waiter at Slawson's (uncredited)
Allen D. Sewall ... Clerk (uncredited)
Lester Sharpe ... Mr. Blum - Tailor (uncredited)
Bill Sheehan ... Assistant Stage Manager (uncredited)
Anitra Sparrow ... Factory Worker (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Matire D' (uncredited)
Julius Tannen ... John (uncredited)
Leon Tyler ... John Connell (uncredited)
Jasper Weldon ... Porter (uncredited)
Chalky Williams ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Irene Winston ... Anna (uncredited)

Directed by
William Wyler 
 
Writing credits
Theodore Dreiser (novel "Sister Carrie")

Ruth Goetz  &
Augustus Goetz 

Produced by
Lester Koenig .... associate producer
William Wyler .... producer
 
Original Music by
David Raksin 
 
Cinematography by
Victor Milner 
 
Film Editing by
Robert Swink 
 
Art Direction by
Roland Anderson 
Hal Pereira 
 
Set Decoration by
Emile Kuri 
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
 
Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist: Miss Jones
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
 
Sound Department
Leon Becker .... sound supervisor
John Cope .... sound recordist
Hugo Grenzbach .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
 
Music Department
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Ruby Raksin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Van Cleave .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
David O. Selznick .... actor arrangement: Jennifer Jones
 
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Runtime:
118 min | Germany:117 min (DVD version)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Québec) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:Btl | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video rating) (2005) | USA:Not Rated (extended version) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Trivia:
Laurence Olivier accepted the part of George Hurstwood so he could be in Hollywood at the same time that his emotionally troubled wife Vivien Leigh was making A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) so that he could look after her.See more »
Quotes:
Carrie Meeber:When you're poor, it gets all mixed up. You like the people who are good to you.See more »
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15 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
beautifully made drama with a staggering performance by Olivier, 29 September 2006
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Not for nothing is Laurence Olivier heralded as one of the greatest actors of our time, and if ever a film proved it, it's "Carrie," an adaptation of Theodore Dreiser's "Sister Carrie." Dreiser is the man who brought us "An American Tragedy," remade as "A Place in the Sun." Poor Dreiser - he must have been one miserable human being to write such stories of man's desolation.

"Carrie" is the story of a distinguished man, George Hurstwood (Olivier) who runs a large Chicago restaurant, and how his obsession with a beautiful young woman, Carrie (Jennifer Jones) destroys his social standing, his reputation, and his life.

Miserable in a loveless marriage to Julie (Miriam Hopkins), George meets Carrie while she is living with a salesman, Charlie (Eddie Albert). One thing that the film points out is that there were so very few opportunities for women in the 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th. After losing her job due to injury at a shoe-making factory, Carrie drifts into friendship and then is seduced into a relationship with Charlie. She is never comfortable with the arrangement and wants to get married. Very naive and inexperienced at life, when she falls in love with George, she expects him to marry her, not realizing that he's already married. An angry, vicious Julie goes to George's boss with the tale of her husband's immorality. After a confrontation with his boss and Julie, George panics, takes money he intended to give to the restaurant owner, and runs away with Carrie. Thus, he becomes a fugitive. But his troubles are just beginning.

William Wyler skillfully directed this film, which has one of Olivier's best screen performances as George. "I want love!" he screams at his wife. "And I intend to have that before I die!" Desperate, obsessed, weak, but proud, Olivier gives a fully fleshed-out portrayal of a man at the end of his rope whose great passion - in a more devastating way - will ruin his life almost as surely as his suppression of passion would have. How he wasn't nominated for an Oscar is a true mystery; it is one of the all-time great film portrayals. He will break your heart.

As Carrie, Jennifer Jones is excellent as an unhappy young woman who, because of poverty, innocence, and George's determination, is dragged into a downward spiral. She is dazzlingly beautiful and one can see her grow from a vapid, victimized girl into a woman who hides her resentment and has a strong resolve. Jones has been criticized for being passive in this part - but it's a passive role. She's a young country girl in the big city at a time when society was totally male-oriented and most doors were closed to her. She is the cause of George's destruction, but not on purpose. George is such a weak man that the only type of person he could ever dominate would be someone like Carrie - and finally, he isn't even able to dominate her.

Hopkins was a master at playing a shrew, but more than that, she was a brilliant actress who knew the art of playing period pieces, as she demonstrated so admirably in "The Heiress." Eddie Albert is good in the familiar role of a likable salesman, but it had an added twist - this one had ulterior motives, but he was so smiley and gregarious, you almost couldn't believe it.

Well worth seeing but have a box of tissues nearby. You'll ask yourself, too, how Olivier and the film could have been overlooked at Oscar time.

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