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Autumn Leaves (1956)

Approved | | Drama | 8 October 1956 (Italy)
Millicent Wetherby is a middle-aged woman whose life is devoid of love and affection. Millicent's solitary existence changes when she encounters Burt Hansen a charismatic younger man. As ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Aldrich
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Cast overview:
Joan Crawford ... Millicent 'Milly' Wetherby Hanson
Cliff Robertson ... Burt Hanson
Vera Miles ... Virginia Hanson
Lorne Greene ... Mr. Hanson
Ruth Donnelly ... Liz Eckhart
Shepperd Strudwick ... Dr. Malcolm Couzzens
Selmer Jackson ... Mr. Wetherby
Maxine Cooper ... Nurse Evans
Marjorie Bennett ... Waitress
Frank Gerstle ... Mr. Ramsey
Leonard Mudie ... Colonel Hillyer
Maurice Manson ... Dr. Masterson
Bob Hopkins Bob Hopkins ... Desk Clerk
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Millicent Wetherby is a middle-aged woman whose life is devoid of love and affection. Millicent's solitary existence changes when she encounters Burt Hansen a charismatic younger man. As Burt successfully woos her and wins her hand in marriage, rumors begin to surface that Millicent's newfound beau is in fact a deranged maniac. Things grow even more complicated for Millicent when a woman claiming to be Hansen's first wife shows up. As Burt begins to lose control of himself, Millicent ponders the most radical of actions against her husband. Written by alfiehitchie

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In the dark, when I feel his heart pounding against mine - is it love? or frenzy? or terror? See more »

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Trivia

The film's original title was "The Way We Are", but this was changed to capitalize on the success of the Nat "King" Cole song "Autumn Leaves", which was enjoying considerable popularity at the time. See more »

Quotes

Burt: Aw, Milly. You wouldn't want me to spend the rest of my life with a bubble-gum addict. Would you, Milly?
Milly: Sorry, I goofed!
Burt: You "goofed?" Hey, man, that's "Bop" talk! Where did you ever pick that up?
Milly: Well, why shouldn't I pick up an expression here and there? I'm not THAT old!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown over a background of...... leaves. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Feud: Bette and Joan: Pilot (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Autumn Leaves
(Les Feuilles Mortes)
Music by Joseph Kosma
French lyrics by Jacques Prévert
English lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed by Nat 'King' Cole
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Superb Aldrich melodrama.
4 July 2003 | by benjuliaSee all my reviews

Fine performances from Joan Crawford and Cliff Robertson give this taught drama more emotional resonance than might be expected from the plot summary. Crawford is superb - all huge eyes and trembling lips, she makes the relationship with Robertson's character believable and moving. The tentative start to the relationship is especially effective.

Burt Hanson's mental deterioration is quite graphically portrayed and at one point, I have to admit, I was peering through my fingers at the screen. It was purely by chance that I stumbled across this movie on late night television. Despite being a fan of classic movies all my life, I had never heard of this one and I have to say that I'm surprised. It deserves to be better known.


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Language:

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Release Date:

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