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A Place in the Sun (1951)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 11 October 1951 (France)
A poor boy gets a job working for his rich uncle and ends up falling in love with two women.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... George Eastman
... Angela Vickers
... Alice Tripp
... Hannah Eastman
... Earl Eastman
... Bellows
... Dist. Atty. R. Frank Marlowe
... Charles Eastman
... Anthony Vickers
... Mrs. Ann Vickers
... Louise Eastman
... Art Jansen - George's Attorney
... Judge R.S. Oldendorff
... Coroner
Lois Chartrand ... Marsha
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The young and poor George Eastman (Montgomery Clift) leaves his religious mother and Chicago and arrives in California expecting to find a better job in the business of his wealthy uncle Charles Eastman. His cousin Earl Eastman advises him that there are many women in the factory and the basic rule is that he must not hang around with any of them. George meets the worker of the assembly line, Alice Tripp, in the movie theater and they date. Meanwhile, the outcast George is promoted and he meets the gorgeous Angela Vickers at a party thrown at his uncle's house. Angela introduces him to the local high society and they fall in love with each other. However, Alice is pregnant and she wants to get married with George. During a dinner party at Angela's lake house with parents, relatives, and friends, Alice calls George from the bus station and gives him thirty minutes to meet her; otherwise she will crash the party and tell what has happened. George is pressed by the situation which ends ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Drama | Romance

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$2,295,304 (estimated)
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Trivia

In her autobiography, Shelley Winters described George Stevens' way of working: "He would discuss the scene, but not the lines, and would photograph the second or third rehearsal so the scene had an almost improvisatory quality. ...Stevens would print the first take, then spend the next three hours minutely rehearsing the scene, then film it again. He explained to me that in this way he often got actors' unplanned reactions that were spontaneous and human and often exactly right. And often when actors overintellectualize or plan their reactions, they aren't as good." See more »

Goofs

George is at the billiard table when miss Vickers enters the room. She wants to watch him play. George then aims at a colored ball close to the right cushion, when in a previous shot he cleared the table, leaving only the white ball at the top left corner. See more »

Quotes

Angela: Tell mama... tell mama all.
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Stevens took a sensitivity that hadn't been used since "Jane Eyre."
31 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

This is a movie about George Eastman (Clift), a young, gentle laborer without social standing who longs for the better things in life…He is swept off his feet after a chance encounter with wealth, success and upper-class snobbery…

George is introduced to a stunning socialite Angela Vickers (Liz Taylor—never so beautiful) full of sensual delight and threatened by an unattractive factory girl (Alice) he's already made pregnant… Angela and George fall deeply in love, but Alice Tripp (Winters) presses and chases George until he agrees to marry her… He has a desperate decision, but hesitates… Finding they can't get married over the Labor Day weekend, George takes Alice boating…

Shelley Winters was extraordinary as the distressed co-worker… She made the wronged employee an understandable reaction to human dimensions… As she sits in the rowboat, unconsciously torturing Clift with her thoughts of their future together, Winters is both pathetic and annoying—a special candidate to get rid of…

The impact of the film depends absolutely on a moral climate that has now less impact on our society… Pre-marital sex is no longer disapproved and abortions are easier to obtain… But the film's power resided in its exceptionally convincing depiction of the points and questions created by these situations…

"A Place in the Sun" was nominated for nine Academy Awards, and won six…


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