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Release Date:
5 November 1956 (France) See more »
Where does a woman's sympathy leave off -- and her indiscretion begin?
Tom Lee is a sensitive boy of 17 whose lack of interest in the "manly" pursuits of sports, mountain... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win See more »
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Brilliant See more (40 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Deborah Kerr ... Laura Reynolds

John Kerr ... Tom Robinson Lee

Leif Erickson ... Bill Reynolds

Edward Andrews ... Herb Lee

Darryl Hickman ... Al

Norma Crane ... Ellie Martin

Dean Jones ... Ollie
Jacqueline deWit ... Lilly Sears

Tom Laughlin ... Ralph

Ralph Votrian ... Steve
Steven Terrell ... Phil
Kip King ... Ted
Jimmy Hayes ... Henry
Richard Tyler ... Roger
Don Burnett ... Vic
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Alexander ... Bob (uncredited)
Paul Bryar ... Alex (uncredited)
Chuck Courtney ... Boy in Soda Fountain (uncredited)
Parker Eggleston ... Boy in Soda Fountain (uncredited)
Virginia Eiler ... Alumna (uncredited)
Robert Ellis ... Second Boy (uncredited)
Del Erickson ... Ferdie (uncredited)
Ron Gans ... Dick (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Burly Man (uncredited)
Harry Harvey Jr. ... First Boy (uncredited)
Mary Alan Hokanson ... Mary Williams (uncredited)
Byron Kane ... Tennis Umpire (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Man at Bonfire (uncredited)
Peter Leeds ... Headmaster at Bonfire (uncredited)
Tom McKee ... Alumnus (uncredited)
Madge Meredith ... Alumna (uncredited)
Gene Merlino ... Tom Robinson Lee (singing voice) (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Alumnus (uncredited)
Peter Miller ... Pete (uncredited)
Michael Monroe ... Earl (uncredited)
Norman Ollestad ... New Young Boy (uncredited)
Ralph Reed ... Boy in Soda Fountain (uncredited)
Bobby Santon ... Young Boy (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Man at Bonfire (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... Burly Man (uncredited)
Charles Webster ... Alumnus (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ... Alumnus (uncredited)

Directed by
Vincente Minnelli 
Writing credits
Robert Anderson (screenplay)

Robert Anderson (based on the play by)

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... producer
Original Music by
Adolph Deutsch 
Cinematography by
John Alton 
Film Editing by
Ferris Webster 
Art Direction by
Edward C. Carfagno  (as Edward Carfagno)
William A. Horning 
Set Decoration by
F. Keogh Gleason  (as Keogh Gleason)
Edwin B. Willis 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joel Freeman .... assistant director
Sound Department
Wesley C. Miller .... recording supervisor (as Dr. Wesley C. Miller)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Helen Rose .... wardrobe: Miss Kerr
Editorial Department
Charles K. Hagedon .... color consultant
Music Department
Alexander Courage .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Mary K. Frank .... producer: stage play
Crew believed to be complete

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122 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (35 mm optical prints) | 4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints) (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:PG | Australia:G (original rating) | Finland:K-12 | Sweden:15 | UK:X | USA:Approved (PCA #18176) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

This film was adapted from a Broadway play that originally starred Deborah Kerr, John Kerr and Leif Erickson, who recreate their stage roles in this film. Also in the Broadway cast in supporting roles were Alan Sues (who later appeared on TV's "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" (1967)) and Dick York (the first actor who played Darrin on TV's "Bewitched" (1964) starring Elizabeth Montgomery). Joan Fontaine and Anthony Perkins also later appeared in the stage version of "Tea and Sympathy" as cast replacements during its long run. The stage production opened on Sept. 30, 1953 at the Ethel Barrymoore Theatre and ran for 712 performances.See more »
Anachronisms: While Tom Lee (Class of 1946) is still in school, Laura Reynolds drives a 1950 Dodge.See more »
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 once in a while give the boys a little tea...
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant, 22 June 2004
Author: Marie-62 from xxxx

Deborah Kerr has always been one of the best actresses. Her beauty and wit have always gotten her pretty well rounded roles. "Tea and Sympathy" has done something else for her...It has made her a real human that we can all identify with and understand. She captured your attention with her every second on the screen. John Kerr, as Tom Lee, (the main character) is simply in the backdrop, carrying the story along as best he can. Within him we see a ridiculed boy whose over-femininity makes him the joke of his school. Even the teachers seem to gang up on him. Known as "Sister-boy Lee" he tries to 'become' a man, only to let himself down further. He is soon pitied and taken in by Laura Reynolds, the school master's wife, who is told to "Stay out" because she's not really "involved". The truth is she is deeply involved...Her husband is the main reason for this kid's pain. I don't want to spoil the ending for you so I will say this...Vincente Minnelli is a brilliant director. Deborah Kerr is a wonderful actress who's inner beauty matches her physical beauty. John Kerr really shines. This movie is worth seeing. It does skirt the topic of homophobia but it tells the story that we (when we were teens) can all tell, trying to accept who we are and not trying to be what we aren't.

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