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Tea and Sympathy (1956)

Approved | | Drama | 5 November 1956 (France)
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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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »
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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 <mvg@whidbey.com>

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

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5 November 1956 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Chá e Simpatia  »

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$1,737,000 (estimated)
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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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Trivia

Bringing the play to the screen resulted in a years-long struggle with the production code office and the Catholic National Legion of Decency because of the play's inclusion of homosexuality, adultery and prostitution. At one point there was consideration that the film be produced by an independent production company outside of the studio system. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Tom Lee: When I was a kid here in this school, I've had my problems too. I used to sit in my room and listen to phonograph records hour after hour. I had a place where I used to go and cry my eyes out.
Laura Reynolds: Oh, Bill.
Tom Lee: But I've got over it, Laura. I learned how to take it. Now when the headmaster's wife gave you that silver teapot, she told you what she tells all of the other master's wives that you've got to be an interested bystander.
Laura Reynolds: Yes, yes, I know.
Tom Lee: Just as she says, Laura. All you're supposed to do is ...
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Connections

Referenced in The Wonder Years: Cocoa and Sympathy (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

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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An Important Film that provides good historic perspective on the treatment of homosexuality in film.
15 March 2006 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

"Tea and Sympathy" will offend many forward thinking people, but it is historically important. It provides good perspective for comparing the early twenty-first century to 1956--the time when this movie was made. The film is representative of people's sentiments during the 1950s. I came of age during this time as an effeminate lad who could not even talk with his parents about the stereotyping I experienced in grade or high school. Kids were cruel; so were many adults! Everyone needs a good dose of history, and this film provides it. Students of Gay and Lesbian Studies or film studies need to see this movie. No this is not a happy film, but neither is "Brokeback Mountain," which was set in the 1960s. "Tea and Sympathy" will not thrill anyone who prefers to forget unpleasant eras of history.


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