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Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)

Approved | | 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Miss Lucy
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Dan Hatcher
James Douglas ...
Ben Jackson
Mayor Henricks
Dorothy Konrad ...
Mrs. Maribelle Norris


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)  »

Also Known As:

El dulce pájaro de la juventud  »

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2.35 : 1
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Paul Newman and Madeleine Sherwood previously starred together in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof". See more »


In the beginning of the movie as Chance is driving, he sees a sign saying "You Are Now Leaving Florida." The multi-lane highway runs very close to the beach with no buildings in between the road and beach and dozens of oil pumps adjacent to the highway. This was clearly filmed in southern California. See more »


Heavenly Finley: You have an illusion of power, poppa!
Boss Finley: I have power and that's no illusion.
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References Sunset Blvd. (1950) See more »


For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Page is simply magnificent!
25 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

Gerladine Page is truly magnificent in this picture. A great actress who died way too early. Her portrait of the drunk doped out film actress is amazing. Newmna, Begley, Knight are very good indeed but it is Page who is truly great. I never saw her give a bad performance. Thank goodness she won an Oscar just before she died. It was richly deserved.

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