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Tea and Sympathy (1956)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  5 November 1956 (France)
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Tom Lee is a sensitive boy of 17 whose lack of interest in the "manly" pursuits of sports, mountain climbing and girls labels him "sister-boy" at the college he is attending. Head master ... See full summary »



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Tom Lee is a sensitive boy of 17 whose lack of interest in the "manly" pursuits of sports, mountain climbing and girls labels him "sister-boy" at the college he is attending. Head master Bill Reynold's wife Laura sees Tom's suffering at the hands of his school mates (and her husband), and tries to help him find himself. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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Where does a woman's sympathy leave off -- and her indiscretion begin?




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Release Date:

5 November 1956 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Chá e Simpatia  »

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(35 mm optical prints)| (35 mm magnetic prints) (Westrex Recording System)



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2.55 : 1
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Premiered at the prestigious Radio City Music Hall. See more »


While Tom Lee (Class of 1946) is still in school, Laura Reynolds drives a 1950 Dodge. See more »


Tom Lee: Ever since then, I've been a sucker for girls in polo coats.
Laura Reynolds: I think I have one...
Tom Lee: Yes, I know.
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Referenced in Bosom Buddies: The Slightly Illustrated Man (1982) See more »


The Joys of Love
Written by G.B. Martini and Richard Dyer-Bennett
Performed by John Kerr (dubbed by Gene Merlino)
Song based on "Plaisir d'Amour"
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A moving and engaging film.
9 November 1999 | by (Auckland, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

There's no denying that this movie is achingly poignant in parts; but many scenes are spoiled somewhat by Deborah Kerr's performance, which unfortunately in many scenes can be described as over-wrought and over-acted to the point where one begins to feel a little uncomfortable when drama fast descends/deteriorates into melodrama. More, a criticism of the director rather than Miss Kerr, who in other films is a refined, composed, unaffected, and totally credible actress.

John Kerr gives a stand-out performance of a tormented youth suffering relentless and merciless jibes from his school peers at the college where he boards; the angst and self-doubt aggravated by an insensitive and demanding father who has no empathy and tolerance with a son who is 'different'. For the most part, this film does touch an emotional chord, especially towards the end of the film.

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