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Director:
Writers:
John Patrick (screenplay)
Han Suyin (novel)
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Release Date:
26 September 1955 (Sweden) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The price they pay when they come out of their secret garden and face the world in modern-day Hong Kong - makes this one of the screen's unforgettable experiences! See more »
Plot:
A widowed doctor of both Chinese and European descent falls in love with a married American correspondent in Hong Kong during China's Communist revolution. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(21 articles)
Love According to 21st Century Movies
 (From HeyUGuys. 27 July 2014, 4:00 AM, PDT)

Following Anderson's Death, Only Two Gwtw Performers Still Living
 (From Alt Film Guide. 9 April 2014, 7:40 PM, PDT)

Han Suyin obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 6 November 2012, 1:21 PM, PST)

User Reviews:
A Many-splendored film See more (51 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

William Holden ... Mark Elliott

Jennifer Jones ... Dr. Han Suyin
Torin Thatcher ... Humphrey Palmer-Jones
Isobel Elsom ... Adeline Palmer-Jones
Murray Matheson ... Dr. John Keith

Virginia Gregg ... Anne Richards
Richard Loo ... Robert Hung
Soo Yong ... Nora Hung
Philip Ahn ... Third Uncle
Jorja Curtright ... Suzanne
Donna Martell ... Suchen, Suyin's sister
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Salvador Baguez ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)
W.T. Chang ... Old Loo (uncredited)
Aen-Ling Chow ... Wife (uncredited)
Kei Thin Chung ... Interne (uncredited)
Edward Colmans ... Dining Room Captain (uncredited)
Ashley Cowan ... British Sailor (uncredited)
Lee Tung Foo ... Old Loo (uncredited)
Herbert Heyes ... Father Low (uncredited)

James Hong ... Fifth Brother (uncredited)
Joseph Kim ... General Song (uncredited)
Marc Krah ... Wine Steward (uncredited)
Candace Lee ... Oh-No (uncredited)
Weaver Levy ... Soldier (uncredited)
Angela Loo ... Mei Loo (uncredited)

Keye Luke ... Lee Foo (uncredited)
Stella Lynn ... Wife (uncredited)
Eleanor Moore ... English Secretary (uncredited)
Harry S. Quan ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Beulah Quo ... Third Aunt (uncredited)
Hazel Shon ... Nurse (uncredited)
Walter Soo Hoo ... Third Brother (uncredited)
Leonard Strong ... Fortune Teller (uncredited)
Kam Tong ... Dr. Sen (uncredited)
Marie Tsien ... Rosie Wu (uncredited)
Barbara Jean Wong ... Nurse (uncredited)
Jean Wong ... Nurse (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry King 
Otto Lang (director: Hong Kong) (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
John Patrick (screenplay)

Han Suyin (novel "A Many-Splendored Thing")

Produced by
Buddy Adler .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alfred Newman 
 
Cinematography by
Leon Shamroy (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
William Reynolds 
 
Art Direction by
George W. Davis 
Lyle R. Wheeler 
 
Set Decoration by
Walter M. Scott 
Jack Stubbs 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hal Herman .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Alfred Bruzlin .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
Ray Bomba .... sound editor (uncredited)
Carlton W. Faulkner .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Sam Woodward .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles G. Clarke .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Clyde Taylor .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director
Sam Benson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Leonard Doss .... color consultant
Lyman Hallowell .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator
Hugo Friedhofer .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Leigh Harline .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
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102 min
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2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording) (optical prints) | 4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording) (magnetic prints)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Australia:G (DVD rating) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:S | Japan:G (2013) | Netherlands:AL | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (PCA #17475) | West Germany:12 (f)

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Trivia:
Jennifer Jones reportedly chewed garlic cloves before her love scenes with William Holden in order to deter her notoriously womanizing co-star.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In the scene where Mark and Suyin tell her family that they intend to marry, as the family leaves the room, Suyin's Third Uncle calls her Suchen, which is Suyin's younger sister's name.See more »
Quotes:
Mark Elliott:Are we going swimming?
Dr. Han Suyin:Mark, going out with you once was harmless enough. I don't want my seeing you to be awkward. Hong Kong has a peculiar code and malice is a pleasant pastime for women with nothing to do.
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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A Many-splendored film, 28 April 2003
Author: Nicholas Rhodes from Ile-de-France / Paris Region, France

I purchased the DVD for this one, having seen the trailer for it on another DVD. I am fascinated by the film for several reasons and wonder whether it was really filmed in Hong Kong. The paradisiac scenery of the film, continuous anticyclonic weather, clear blue skies, the beautiful hill with the tree behind the hospital, a deserted beach etc etc all seem to have very little to to with the pictures we see of HK today - rain, mist and thousands of skyscrapers ... could it really be the same place, or was the film in reality shot elsewhere ? Perhaps HK internauts could confirm or deny ! Does that hill with its tree really exist.

In French the film is called " La Colline de l'Adieu " ( Goodbye hill )

Apart from this, I don't like the Cinemascope format, all the characters seem to small, so I have to use the zoom on my DVD to fill the screen ( losing picture detail in the process of course ).

Perhaps Mr William Holden liked the Orient, I'd already seen him in Suzie Wong and it was interesting to compare the two films. SW was more gutsy and crude than LIAMST.

I love the theme music of this film and have countless different recordings of it. I also loved both actors, both Holden and Jones were beautiful people. Repeated viewings of the DVD have brought me to like the film more and more, but I would have preferred just a little more passion in the love scenes. Also, JJ as a Chinese person leaves a little to be desired, beautiful though she is, she doesn't have the mannerisms of a Chinese person. It would be interesting to have an Oriental point of view on this one.

Should I add that the FINAL scene on the hill tightens the spectator's throat to a point of near suffocation !

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