In 1918 a simple Mongolian herdsman escapes to the hills after brawling with a western capitalist fur trader who cheats him. In 1920 he helps the partisans fight for the Soviets against the... See full summary »
Born on the fourth of July, 1900, the future holds unlimited potential for newborn John Sims. But dreams soon fade with the death of his father when John is but a lad. Like many before him, John sets out to make his mark in New York City, but ends up a faceless worker (#137) in a large office of a large business. Still he is happy with his fate and soon meets a young woman named Mary on a blind double date. Things take their course and they soon marry and live in a small apartment. Soon John is bickering with Mary and finds that he has no love for the in-laws. When the marriage looks like a bust, he finds that Mary is with child and he stays. After 5 years, he has a son and a daughter and the same dead end job. When tragedy strikes, John must find the conviction to continue or lose what little he has left.Written by
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In 1989 this was one of the first 25 films to be selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. See more »
When a distraught John creates a ruckus at his office and leaves, shouting he's giving up his job, his suit is ragged and torn as he tussles with other workers. In the next scene, at home, his suit coat is perfect with no damage to it at all. See more »
Man on NYC Ferry:
You've gotta be good in that town if you want to beat the crowd.
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MGM forced director King Vidor to film seven different endings to the film, giving exhibitors the chance to pick a happy or sad one as they pleased. Not a single exhibitor chose to use a happy ending. See more »
Skilled technique and a thoughtful approach to the lives of some ordinary characters make "The Crowd" a memorable drama that tells an interesting, if mostly downbeat, story with some worthwhile observations on human relationships. It takes skill and judgment to make a memorable movie out of this type of material, and "The Crowd" is one of numerous quality pictures from the final years of the silent era that deserve to be much better remembered.
James Murray and Eleanor Boardman are completely believable as a typical couple starting out with all kinds of dreams and expectations. As they gain increasing experience in the real world, their reactions to events, especially on Murray's part, are by no means always appealing, but they are always genuine. The characters' flaws are made clear, yet you cannot help wishing for better things for them.
The story is structured carefully, with some interesting parallels between the early scenes and the closing sequences. With only a handful of really dramatic turns, the story reveals many things about the characters that implicitly comment on human nature in general. It does not offer many solutions, but it does provide some things to think about.
The symbolism of "The Crowd" fits well with the story, and it adds another dimension to this very effective drama. The occasional camera views of the office workers and other expansive settings re-emphasize the image in a resourceful and visually striking fashion.
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