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Tea and Sympathy (1956)

Approved | | Drama | 5 November 1956 (France)
Tom Lee is a sensitive boy of 17 whose lack of interest in the "manly" pursuits of sports, mountain climbing and girls labels him "sister-boy" at the college he is attending. Head master ... See full summary »

Director:

Vincente Minnelli

Writers:

Robert Anderson (screenplay), Robert Anderson (based on the play by)
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Deborah Kerr ... Laura Reynolds
John Kerr ... Tom Robinson Lee
Leif Erickson ... Bill Reynolds
Edward Andrews ... Herb Lee
Darryl Hickman ... Al
Norma Crane ... Ellie Martin
Dean Jones ... Ollie
Jacqueline deWit ... Lilly Sears
Tom Laughlin ... Ralph
Ralph Votrian Ralph Votrian ... Steve
Steven Terrell Steven Terrell ... Phil
Kip King ... Ted
Jimmy Hayes Jimmy Hayes ... Henry
Richard Tyler Richard Tyler ... Roger
Don Burnett ... Vic
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Storyline

Tom Lee is a sensitive boy of 17 whose lack of interest in the "manly" pursuits of sports, mountain climbing and girls labels him "sister-boy" at the college he is attending. Head master Bill Reynold's wife Laura sees Tom's suffering at the hands of his school mates (and her husband), and tries to help him find himself. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Where does a woman's sympathy leave off -- and her indiscretion begin?

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1956 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Chá e Simpatia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,737,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (35 mm optical prints)| 4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints) (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

The pinball machine in the diner is "Score Board", released in March, 1956 (which would have made that machine practically brand new during shooting) by Gottlieb. The machine is a bit of an anachronism in this film as most of it is set during the 1940s. See more »

Goofs

After Tom's roommate Al hangs up with his father, he goes downstairs to tell Ms. Reynolds he will be moving out. The shadow of the moving boom mic is clearly visible between Ms. Reynold's door and the pay phone in the hall. See more »

Quotes

Tom Lee: I'm always falling in love with the wrong people.
Laura Reynolds: Who isn't?
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Connections

Referenced in Reba: Tea and Antipathy (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

The Joys of Love
Written by G.B. Martini and Richard Dyer-Bennett
Performed by John Kerr (dubbed by Gene Merlino)
Song based on "Plaisir d'Amour"
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Machismo and the Sister-Boy
9 April 2019 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The seventeen year-old Tom Robinson Lee (John Kerr) lives in a boarding house owned by the headmaster and coach Bill Reynolds (Leif Erickson) and his wife Laura Reynolds (Deborah Kerr). Tom is a sensitive teenager that was raised by his maid since his mother died when he was a child and his estranged father Herb Lee (Edward Andrews) was absent. He likes flowers, tennis, classical music, theater and other intellectual activities while his mates prefer sports and talk about women. One day, his roommate sees Tom with Laura and two women sewing on a button on a shirt on the beach and call him "sister-boy", turning his life upside-down.

"Tea and Sympathy" is a sensitive film based on a stage play. The twenty-five year-old John Kerr performs the role of a teenager questioned of his masculinity by his schoolmates, the headmaster of his school and his own father in a machismo society. Deborah Kerr is excellent as usual in the role of a woman that is neglected by his husband and understands the feelings of Tom Robinson Lee. The color is funny since Laura´s car changes color from green to blue. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Chá e Simpatia" ("Tea and Affection")


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