MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 267 this week

Desire Under the Elms (1958)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  6 May 1958 (Japan)
6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 784 users  
Reviews: 19 user | 8 critic

Ephraim Cabot is an old man of amazing vitality who loves his New England farm with a greedy passion. Hating him, and sharing his greed, are the sons of two wives Cabot has overworked into ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (play)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

WATCH NOW
ON DISC

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 24 Dec 2010
 
a list of 197 titles
created 06 Oct 2011
 
a list of 31 titles
created 01 Apr 2013
 
list image
a list of 762 titles
created 27 Jul 2013
 
a list of 40 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Desire Under the Elms (1958)

Desire Under the Elms (1958) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Desire Under the Elms.
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Tall Story (1960)
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A young insecure college sportsman is in trouble. He wants to marry his very straightforward girlfriend, also a student, but has no money. When he is offered a bribe to fix a game, he is torn even more about the matter.

Director: Joshua Logan
Stars: Anthony Perkins, Jane Fonda, Ray Walston
Goodbye Again (1961)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In this adaptation of Françoise Sagan's best selling novel, Paula is a beautiful and highly successful 40-year-old businesswoman. She is deeply in love with Roger, her mature consort of ... See full summary »

Director: Anatole Litvak
Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Yves Montand, Anthony Perkins
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

American ne'er-do-well Joe January is hired to take Paul Bonnard on an expedition into the desert in search of treasure.

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: John Wayne, Sophia Loren, Rossano Brazzi
Judith (1966)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Beautiful woman who survived concentration camp goes to Israel in 1948 to track down Nazi husband who betrayed her.

Director: Daniel Mann
Stars: Sophia Loren, Peter Finch, Jack Hawkins
Certificate: GP Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Discovering her boyfriend is married, a young lady attempts to take her life, pausing only to phone a Help Line. Finding herself very much alive in hospital she meets the priest who took ... See full summary »

Director: Dino Risi
Stars: Sophia Loren, Marcello Mastroianni, Venantino Venantini
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Aging gunslinger Jacob Wade hopes to settle down with his estranged son, but his old enemies have other plans for him.

Director: Henry Levin
Stars: Jack Palance, Anthony Perkins, Neville Brand
Attila (1954)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Attila, the leader of the barbarian Huns and called by the Romans "The Scourge of God", sweeps onto the Italian peninsula, defeating all of the armies of Rome, until he and his men reach the gates of the city itself.

Director: Pietro Francisci
Stars: Anthony Quinn, Sophia Loren, Henri Vidal
The Verdict (1974)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: André Cayatte
Stars: Sophia Loren, Jean Gabin, Julien Bertheau
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The story in this movie deals with the perseverance of Spaniards to take back their country from the French who have conquered Spain under Napoleon as he marched over Europe. A huge cannon,... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Kramer
Stars: Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Sophia Loren
The Tin Star (1957)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A cynical former sheriff turned bounty hunter helps a young, recently appointed acting sheriff with his advice, his experience and his gun.

Director: Anthony Mann
Stars: Henry Fonda, Anthony Perkins, Betsy Palmer
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

True story of the life of Jimmy Piersall, who battled mental illness to achieve stardom in major league baseball.

Director: Robert Mulligan
Stars: Anthony Perkins, Karl Malden, Norma Moore
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When peasant girl Nives is deserted by smuggler Gino Lodi, she betrays him to the police. Police officer Enzo Cinti, who loves Nives, traces her to the Po River cane-fields, where she is ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Soldati
Stars: Sophia Loren, Gérard Oury, Lise Bourdin
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
...
...
Rebecca Welles ...
Lucinda Cabot (as Rebecca Wells)
Jean Willes ...
Florence Cabot
...
Eben's Mother
Roy Fant ...
Fiddler
Edit

Storyline

Ephraim Cabot is an old man of amazing vitality who loves his New England farm with a greedy passion. Hating him, and sharing his greed, are the sons of two wives Cabot has overworked into early graves. Most bitter is Eben, whose mother had owned most of the farm, and who feels who should be sole heir. When the old man brings home a new wife, Anna, she becomes a fierce contender to inherit the farm. Two of the sons leave when Eben gives them the fare in return for their shares of the farm. Meanwhile, Anna tries to cause some sparks by rubbing up against Eben. Written by Ray Hamel <hamel@primate.wisc.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

6 May 1958 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Eugene O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Sophia Loren plays Anthony Perkins stepmother in the film. In real life, she was two years younger than Perkins. See more »

Connections

Featured in Biography: Sophia Loren: Actress Italian Style (1997) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Excellent - then and now
17 December 2006 | by (Tulsa OK) – See all my reviews

Eugene O'Neill is an author where virtually everyone seems compelled to pan any movie versus the stage production of any of his works -- and professional critics almost alway seem to have to criticize (endlessly) any subsequent stage production versus predecessors.

Whatever... this film is excellent - and now, as with any from its period of original release, provides a substantial nostalgic bonus, to view the work from its original period, as well as seeing these actors (some now gone, all others much older) as they were "then."

The scenes between Loren and Perkins - an unlikely pairing when viewed "on paper," are surprisingly engaging and steamy now (and with a CAPITAL "S" then).

Burl Ives is a conceited, domineering, hypercritical, even cruel, sort of "Big Daddy to the umpteenth power." In fact, he makes Big Dady, and, say, Orson Welles' Will Varner in "The Long, Hot Summer," look like pussycats.

To classify O'Neill's drama as dark probably is redundant - but that's his appeal, which he carries-off superbly, here and in his other works, whether on screen or stage. This is a real classic.


11 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why Anthony Perkins?! jones7418
Discuss Desire Under the Elms (1958) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?