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Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)

 -  Drama  -  29 May 1962 (Portugal)
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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. ... 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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The big difference between people is not between the rich and the poor, The big difference is between those who have ecstasy in love an' those who haven't 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

Adapted from a Broadway play by Tennessee Williams that opened on Mar. 10, 1959 at the Martin Beck Theatre and ran for 375 performances. Elia Kazan directed, and Paul Newman, Geraldine Page, Madeleine Sherwood and Rip Torn recreated their roles from the play. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Chance comes from the bathroom with a white towel over his shoulder, at one point, he drops the towel, but an instant later, the towel is back on his shoulder. See more »

Quotes

Chance Wayne: Well, some more oxygen?
Alexandra Del Lago: No. No, I must look hideous in it.
Chance Wayne: Oh, no, honey. You just look exotic. Yeah. Like a princess from Mars or a... big magnified insect.
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Referenced in Monty Python's Flying Circus: Untitled (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Over the Rainbow
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Heard as a theme when Chance and Alexandra arrive at the hotel. Played on piano by Ray Sherman.
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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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