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Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)

Approved | | Drama | 29 May 1962 (Portugal)
Drifter Chance Wayne returns to his hometown after many years of trying to make it in the movies. Arriving with him is a faded film star he picked up along the way, Alexandra Del Lago. ... See full summary »

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Drifter Chance Wayne returns to his hometown after many years of trying to make it in the movies. Arriving with him is a faded film star he picked up along the way, Alexandra Del Lago. While trying to get her help to make a screen test, he also finds the time to meet his former girlfriend Heavenly, the daughter of the local politician Tom 'Boss' Finley, who more or less forced him to leave the town many years ago. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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He used love like most men use money. See more »

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29 May 1962 (Portugal)  »

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El dulce pájaro de la juventud  »

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Trivia

Rip Torn, as Tom Finley Jr., was nominated for the 1960 Tony Award for supporting or featured actor in a drama, and recreated his role in the movie version. He later played "Boss" Tom Finley Sr. in a TV-movie version (Sweet Bird of Youth (1989)), starring Elizabeth Taylor and Mark Harmon. See more »

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At 52:52, the position of Chance's arm changes. See more »

Quotes

Chance Wayne: [Parting words to Alexandra del Lago] Princess, each of us has his own private hell to go to.
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Soundtracks

"Abide with Me: (1861) (uncredited)
Words by Henry F. Lyte (1847)
Music by William H. Monk
Sung in church by the congregation
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Page is fantastic!
2 July 2003 | by (Santa Clarita, CA) – See all my reviews

If you have seen a picture of Geraldine Page, then you know she was a plain looking woman. Yet in this film, through great acting, she manages to convince the audience that she is a glamour movie queen, and pulls it off! After seeing this film, quickly followed by The Trip To Bountiful, I now know why Meryl Streep herself once said, that "Geraldine Page set the standard by which all actresses try to compete with."


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