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The Member of the Wedding (1952)

 -  Drama  -  1954 (West Germany)
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A young tomboy named Frankie is forced to face her own immaturity as a result her older brother's wedding.

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In a small Georgia town, twelve year old tomboy Frankie Addams feels unconnected to the world, a fact troubling to her. Her unconventional views for a twelve year old girl make her an outcast among her peers, which she in turn blames for her situation rather than anything of her own doing. Her only real friend is John Henry, her younger next door neighbor, although she doesn't see him as a friend since she doesn't consider him a peer. As her widowed father is all consumed with running his small business, Frankie is largely left to the care of their housekeeper, Berenice. Berenice tries to provide as much true guidance to Frankie and what Frankie considers her problems, although Berenice has her own troubles looking after her wild foster brother, Honey Camden, her only surviving family. In addition, Frankie largely sees Berenice's advice as the rantings of a large, crazy black woman. Frankie believes that she has finally found her place in life upon the return to town and announcement ... Written by Huggo

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She became a woman in the middle of a kiss!

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Complejo de boda  »

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The original Broadway production of "The Member of the Wedding," by Carson McCullers opened on January 5, 1950, at the Empire Theater in New York and ran for 501 performances. See more »

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John Henry: Mean old bossy Frankie!
Berenice Sadie Brown: Just what is she doing that's so mean? Just trying to get some rest.
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His Eye Is on the Sparrow
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Written by Charles Gabriel and Civilla Martin
Performed by Ethel Waters with Brandon De Wilde & Julie Harris
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This film adaptation of Carson McCullers' The Member of the Wedding is poignant and well-made. Director Fred Zinnemann has presented a fairly basic story about growing up in the American south that reflects the time in which it is made. One can say the movie's themes (coming of age, loneliness, the fragility of life) are timeless. The story takes us on a journey and leads us up to a not-so-tidy resolution. We know these three characters have spent an important portion of their lives together, but we also know it is over and that they will never know each other again, except in memories.

Julie Harris would appear in another adaptation of a McCullers story. Check out her supporting role in John Huston's Reflections of a Golden Eye.


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