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Forever Amber (1947)

In seventeenth-century England, Amber St. Clair aims to raise herself from country girl to nobility, and succeeds, but loses her true love in the process.

Directors:

Otto Preminger, John M. Stahl (uncredited)

Writers:

Philip Dunne (screenplay), Ring Lardner Jr. (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Linda Darnell ... Amber St. Clair
Cornel Wilde ... Bruce Carlton
Richard Greene ... Lord Harry Almsbury
George Sanders ... King Charles II
Glenn Langan ... Capt. Rex Morgan
Richard Haydn ... Earl of Radcliffe
Jessica Tandy ... Nan Britton
Anne Revere ... Mother Red Cap
John Russell ... Black Jack Mallard
Jane Ball ... Corinne Carlton
Robert Coote ... Sir Thomas Dudley
Leo G. Carroll ... Matt Goodgroome
Natalie Draper ... Countess of Castlemaine
Margaret Wycherly ... Mrs. Spong
Alma Kruger ... Lady Redmond
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Storyline

Amber St Clair means to get on in life and despite a poor background knows she has the assets to do it. Husbands, lovers, prison and a liaison with King Charles II form a tapestry of apparently calculating ups and downs, although in fact the one love of her life, Bruce Carlton, is never far from Amber's thoughts. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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The spectacle ... the fire ... the plague ... swords that clash ... excitement that mounts ... lips that meet ... and adventure that sweeps the screen !


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Italian

Release Date:

26 January 1948 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Aina vain Amber See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$16,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Over 200 hopefuls were tested for the coveted screen role of Amber before Peggy Cummins was signed. The 23-year-old was spotted by the producer in a West End play. See more »

Quotes

King Charles II: [to his spaniels] Children, children, what distressing behavior.
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Alternate Versions

A couple of weeks after its record breaking premiere, studio heads finally caved into Catholic protests and re-cut the movie. Among the changes:
  • References to Amber's sex life and any acts of non-marital romance were cut.
  • SPOILER: A new ending in which Amber watches her son go off with Bruce.
  • Redubbed dialogue in the form of Cornell Wilde repentative of his behaviour: "In Heaven's name, Amber, haven't we caused enough unhappiness?" and "May God have mercy on us both for our sins."
  • Also a prologue was added that condemned the character's actions: "This is the tragic story of Amber St. Claire... slave to ambition.. stranger to virtue... the wages of sin is death".
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visually beautiful if superficial
19 August 2011 | by rollieriSee all my reviews

This is actually a response to an ill-considered and inaccurate review by someone calling themselves neroville. In this stolid discussion he(or she) makes the unfounded assertion that "everyone" sounds American and says also you can count the English actors on one hand. This, of course is patently and demonstrably false. Certainly Linda Darnell (who replaced English actress Peggy Cummings) is unable to even suggest an Englishwoman. Cornel Wilde isn't much better, though he does harden his A's unconvincingly (cahn't). Glenn Langan doesn't do it either and John Russell, who did mostly westerns, could be described as sounding like John Wayne. However there are a number of other people who do sound English since they are of English descent. They include: George Sanders, Richard Greene, Richard Haydn, Margaret Wycherly, Leo G. Carroll, Jessica Tandy and Robert Coote just to name a few. So unless you've got a seven-fingered hand... Don't tar the good with the bad. Get it right, neroville!


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