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Release Date:
5 November 1956 (France) See more »
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  (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)
Robert 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
Production Management
Al Shenberg .... unit manager (uncredited)
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
Jane Cavendish .... stand-in: Deborah Kerr (uncredited)
Myra Jones .... stand-in: Norma Crane (uncredited)
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?

In reality there was only a 10 year difference between Deborah and John Kerr.See more »
Boom mic visible: After Tom's roommate Al hangs up with his father, he goes downstairs to tell Ms. Reynolds he will be moving out. The shadow of the moving boom mic is clearly visible between Ms. Reynold's door and the pay phone in the hall.See more »
Laura Reynolds:Manliness is not all swagger and mountain climbing. It's also tenderness.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Land of the Lost (2009)See more »
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38 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Comparative Acting Styles, 7 May 2000
Author: harry-76 from Cleveland, Ohio

Those who had the good fortune to see Deborah Kerr onstage in the Elia Kazan production of "Tea and Sympathy," will attest to her unforgetable performance. Kerr not only played it on Broadway but also toured with it, a treat for all attendees. Now nearly a half century later, her performance on film, which was very much influenced by her stage style, begins to show a little wear around the edges. It must be difficult to change one's approach after having played a role so successfully night after night. In this case, her inflections, accents, phraseology, pauses, gestures and the like are essentially theatre-based, designed to play to the whole house up to the balcony. In the intimacy of film, this becomes a bit much in the long run, and results in a much more broad, deliberate and stylized Kerr than in any of her other film work. Her character tends to emerge now more as a busy-body, snooper, peeping tom than was ever intended, and certainly it did not come across that way when the film was first released. A landmark film of sorts--for a major studio to tackle a sensitive subject in a major production--"Tea and Sympathy" benefits from a sincerely written script by Robert Anderson, solid direction by Vincent Minnelli and a secure supporting cast. Visually Deborah Kerr is beautiful, and is totally committed to both the play and her role. During her lengthy film career, Kerr certainly contributed a wealth of finely crafted performances.

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