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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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El dulce pájaro de la juventud  »

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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, with Paul Newman as Chance Wayne, Geraldine Page as Alexandra Del Lago, Rip Torn as Tom Junior, and Madeleine Sherwood as Miss Lucy, all of whom recreated their roles from the play when the screen version was made. Sidney Blackmer played Boss Finley in the stage version, and when it toured, Rip Torn took over as Chance Wayne. See more »

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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 »

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Chance Wayne: This is pretty high-class pot. Where'd you get it?
Alexandra Del Lago: You beautiful, stupid young man. That is not pot. It's hashish, Moroccan, and the finest.
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Referenced in Monty Python's Flying Circus: Untitled (1969) See more »

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"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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Close to top flight Williams...
9 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH may not rate with such Tennessee Williams masterpieces as A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE and CAT ON THE HOT TIN ROOF, but it's still a top flight piece of entertainment capturing A LOT of great acting. As ne'er-do-well Chance Wayne, Paul Newman creates one of the most memorable of the callous, self-serving characters he would play throughout the '60s. Returning to his hometown as a self-anointed hero, he's pathetic. With fallen movie queen Geralding Page in tow, he sets his sight on the girlfriend he corrupted. As Heavenly Finley, Shirley Knight is heartbreaking. Page and Knight play polar opposites --- Page is a vain, desperate diva while Knight is all inner turmoil...in fact she appears to be trying to turn herself inside out from the shame she feels. Ed Begley plays Knight's father, the ruthless and corrupt "Boss" Finley. Begley had a lot of good roles in his long film career, but this takes the cake. He's rotten to the core. The film is mostly studio bound, but that only enhances the stylish direction by Richard Brooks. The classy supporting cast includes Rip Torn as Boss Finley's degenerate son, Tom Jr., Mildred Dunnock as Newman's unlikely ally and Madeline Sherwood as a vindictive good-time girl.


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