A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits.
While training at the gym 11-year-old tomboy Toni becomes entranced with a dance troupe. As she struggles to fit in she finds herself caught up in danger as the group begins to suffer from fainting spells and other violent fits.
Anna Rose Holmer
Antonio A.B. Grant Jr.
Based on the extraordinary true story of Operation Anthropoid, the WWII mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution and the Reich's third in command after Hitler and Himmler.
Set in 1951, the story follows Marcus Messner, the idealistic son of a humble kosher butcher from Newark, N.J. Marcus leaves for Ohio to study at a small, conservative college, where he finds himself at odds with the administration, grapples with anti-Semitism and sexual repression and pines after a troubled girl. Written by
The movie takes place in 1951. Towards the beginning of the film, just after young Greenberg's funeral, a group of school friends are seen with a large, black sedan in the background. It's a 1955 Cadillac. See more »
I don't care what it suggests, Dean Caldwell, I will not be condemned on the basis of no evidence.
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An Excellent Egg-Head Exercise About Conformity in the 1950's
Based on the Book by Philip Roth, considered an Important Writer of Fiction in the Second Half of the Twentieth Century, this Personal Drama has a Multitude of Implications dealing with Family, Sex, War, Oppressive Conservative Values, and Determinism. It's a Heady Story, to be sure, from First Time Director and Long Time Producer James Schamus.
Logan Lerman Plays Marcus, a Jewish Middle Class Boy, an "A" Student following a Scholarship to Escape the Korean War Draft and His increasingly Smothering Home Life, and that Results is His Confrontations among Fellow Students, the Dean, and a Blonde Beauty.
The Story Implies that the Puritanical Sexual/Religious Mores of the 1950's bring about as much Suffering as the War itself. Conforming to the Dictates of both are Devastating to a Free Thinking Spirit. It's a Battle that is Occurring on Many Fronts.
The Film is an Impressive Witty and Deep Exercise as it Manifests on Screen through Verbal Jousts and Tirades of Introspection and Opinions from Marcus and His Only Date, Olivia (Sarah Gadon in a deep, daring Performance).
There are almost Tyrannical Demands from His Father, Mother, and the Dean (Tracy Letts outstanding, especially in one elongated scene). All of the Conversations, including the ones Marcus Narrates, are Thought Provoking, Scary, and Ultimately Depressing.
Overall, an Excellent Screenplay and Acting, make this an Intellectual Exercise for the Egg-Head Crowd and those in Search of the Philosophical. Your Enjoyment will Depend on how much Thought You give to Thinking about such Things that are Scatchingly Sparred in this Heavy Dose of Human Drama.
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