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Teresa (1951)

A reluctant soldier, Peter, serves in Italy during WWII. He marries a local girl named Teresa and brings her to the US.

Director:

Fred Zinnemann

Writers:

Alfred Hayes (story), Stewart Stern (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Pier Angeli ... Teresa Russo
John Ericson ... Philip Cass
Patricia Collinge ... Mrs. Clara Cass, Philip's Mother
Richard Bishop Richard Bishop ... Mr. Cass, Philip's Father
Peggy Ann Garner ... Susan Cass
Ralph Meeker ... Sgt. Dobbs
Bill Mauldin ... Grissom
Ave Ninchi Ave Ninchi ... Teresa's Mother
Edward Binns ... Sgt. Brown
Rod Steiger ... Frank
Aldo Silvani Aldo Silvani ... Professor Crocce
Tommy Lewis Tommy Lewis ... Walter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Guido Martufi Guido Martufi ... Sergio, Teresa's little brother
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Storyline

A reluctant soldier, Peter, serves in Italy during WWII. He marries a local girl named Teresa and brings her to the US.

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Genres:

Drama

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

22 June 1951 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Teresa - die Geschichte einer Braut See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The battle scenes were filmed in Itay where actual fighting took place during WWII. See more »

Goofs

When the ambulance backs up to the hospital in front of the church, a set of four studio lights is reflected in its rear windows. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Clara Cass, Philip's Mother: [to Philip] You'll never be a salesman, sonny.
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Connections

Featured in The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Story (1951) See more »

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Angeli Delivers the Goods
28 February 2010 | by swog85See all my reviews

"Teresa", is a movie that is time well spent for several reasons. Patricia Collinge delivers a performance atypical of the most memorable characters she had played to that point in her career. When I think of Collinge, I think of her as the quintessential, albeit clueless mother in Hitchcock's, "Shadow Of A Doubt". The other character was the sympathetic, "Aunt Birdie", from the director, William Wyler's classic film, "The Little Foxes". Collinge, in "Teresa", is spine chilling as a domineering mother / mother-in-law from Hell. She is a great performer. The next reason to recommend spending time viewing this film is for the fine effort by the brilliant director, Fred Zinneman. His talents lend a positive element which makes the film artistically better than good. He was truly a great director. Finally, there is the powerful, yet poignant performance by Pier Angeli. She was perfectly cast as the young girl from post war Italy, who falls in love with an American soldier. Angeli was young, pretty and believable in her role. Zinneman really squeezed a gem of an acting performance from Pier Angeli that left me most moved. The story itself is good, with some predictability, but not to a degree that would make one roll their eyes. I saw this movie just once, several years ago. I am more critical than most when I watch a film. I have been hoping TCM would run it again, as this movie, "Teresa", left a very favorable impression on me. I wholeheartedly recommend this film to lovers of classic films, and to those who like stories from the post WWII era. The other elements are that, "Teresa", offers a good viewing for fans of love stories and stories involving strong, heroic female characters.


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