MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 13,788 this week

Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend (1987)

8.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.6/10 from 112 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 1 critic

Her story is well-known - the lonely child who yearned for affection and approval which she finally seemed to find as Hollywood's greatest love goddess. But even though she scaled heights ... See full summary »

Directors:

, (uncredited)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street

Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street Debut's Today!


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1624 titles
created 09 Jan 2012
 
a list of 655 titles
created 14 Jun 2012
 
a list of 51 titles
created 01 Jul 2012
 
a list of 2005 titles
created 25 Apr 2013
 
a list of 1372 titles
created 19 Sep 2013
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend (1987)

Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend (1987) on IMDb 8.6/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend.

User Polls

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

When billionaire Jean-Marc Clement learns that he is to be satirized in an off-Broadway revue, he passes himself off as an actor playing him in order to get closer to the beautiful star of the show, Amanda Dell.

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Yves Montand, Tony Randall
Love, Marilyn (2012)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Modern day celebrities interpret excerpts from memoirs written by people who knew Marilyn Monroe as well as her recently discovered personal journals and letters.

Director: Liz Garbus
Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Elizabeth Banks, Adrien Brody
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In separate stories, five wedded couples learn that they are not legally married.

Director: Edmund Goulding
Stars: Ginger Rogers, Marilyn Monroe, Victor Moore
Love Nest (1951)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Jim and Connie's postwar New York building troubles keep Jim from working on his novel. Ex-WAC from Jim's army days Roberta moves in, further upsetting Connie but pleasing Jim's friend Ed. ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph M. Newman
Stars: June Haver, William Lundigan, Frank Fay
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Singers Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw travel to Paris, pursued by a private detective hired by the disapproving father of Lorelei's fiancé to keep an eye on her, as well as a rich, enamored old man and many other doting admirers.

Director: Howard Hawks
Stars: Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe, Charles Coburn
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Unfinished remake of "My Favorite Wife," due to the firing of Marilyn Monroe from the film. She was eventually re-hired, but died in August, 1962. Film was never completed.

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Dean Martin, Cyd Charisse
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The nearly-final divorce of the Halsworths suddenly gets complicated when Miriam's old flame comes to town.

Director: Richard Sale
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Macdonald Carey, Zachary Scott
Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Mae Doyle comes back to her hometown a cynical woman. Her brother Joe fears that his love, fish cannery worker Peggy, may wind up like Mae. Mae marries Jerry and has a baby; she is happy but restless, drawn to Jerry's friend Earl.

Director: Fritz Lang
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Ryan, Paul Douglas
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Molly and Terry Donahue, plus their three children, are The Five Donahues. Son Tim meets hat-check girl Vicky and the family act begins to fall apart.

Director: Walter Lang
Stars: Ethel Merman, Marilyn Monroe, Donald O'Connor
Bus Stop (1956)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A naive but stubborn cowboy falls in love with a saloon singer and tries to take her away against her will to get married and live on his ranch in Montana.

Director: Joshua Logan
Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Don Murray, Arthur O'Connell
Love Happy (1949)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Crime | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The Marx Brothers help young Broadway hopefuls while thwarting diamond thieves.

Director: David Miller
Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Three women set out to find eligible millionaires to marry, but find true love in the process.

Director: Jean Negulesco
Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Herself (archive footage)
...
Narrator / Jed Towers
Don Murray ...
Himself - Interviewee / Beauregard 'Bo' Decker
...
Herself - Interviewee
Joshua Logan ...
Himself - Director
...
Himself - Interviewee / Matt Calder
Laszlo Willinger ...
Himself - Professional Photographer
...
Herself - Actress / Friend
...
Herself - Actress / Friend
Clarke Gordon ...
Himself - Interviewee (as Clark Gordon)
...
Herself - Interviewee / Karen
John Springer ...
Himself - Publicist
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
...
Schatze Page
Scotty Beckett ...
Eric Blore ...
Mackinaw
Edit

Storyline

Her story is well-known - the lonely child who yearned for affection and approval which she finally seemed to find as Hollywood's greatest love goddess. But even though she scaled heights few could even dream of, she was one of the loneliest of stars. And yet, in spite of the breakdowns, the failed marriages, the sordid rumors surrounding her life -- and her death Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

November 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Marilyn Monroe: A legendán túl  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Features Love Happy (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Kiss
(1953) (uncredited)
Music by Lionel Newman
Lyrics by Haven Gillespie
Sung a bit by Marilyn Monroe in a clip from Niagara (1953)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

silk on one side, sandpiper on the other
20 August 2004 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

This Gene Feldman documentary features funny anecdotes and insights from Sheree North and Celeste Holm especially, describing the drive and will behind Monroe's sadomasochistic help-me pose. Holm tells that Monroe studied Betty Grable, in particular, to imitate her, though Monroe only occasionally paralleled Grable's brassy quality.

Feldman edits the song Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend to footage of Monroe's ascending success at the time of the film it came from, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, but the narration incorrectly names her last film as Something HAS to Give.

What emerges from this study is the irony of Monroe's celebrity and how her need for publicity and attention to further her career did not come with the respect she so wanted as an actress. The end does not comment on the way Monroe died, with no mention of the Kennedy- associated murder conspiracy theory, and the highlight of Monroe's acting is said to be in Bus Stop. Otherwise, the label 'sex goddess' is repeated to an extent that you would guess that Marilyn herself would feel is reductive.

Actors Clark Gordon and Susan Strasberg all offer impersonations of Monroe, with Strasberg's own natural elegance in counterpoint to Monroe's perceived tackiness.


6 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Marilyn Monroe: Beyond the Legend (1987) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?