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Peyton Place (1957)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 3 March 1958 (Sweden)
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A peaceful New England town hides secrets and scandals.

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Nominated for 9 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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It's the pre-WWII era. Peyton Place is a small town in New England, whose leading adult citizens rule the town with their high moral standards, which they try to pass on to their offspring. The adults, especially those that wield power largely through their positions and/or through their wealth, will not tolerate anything they believe morally improper, even if there is a hint of impropriety without comprehensive evidence to back up the hints. As their offspring grow from teenagers to adults, the offspring learn that there is much hypocrisy by the adults lying underneath that façade of proper Christian morals. The offspring begin to rebel in different ways, which is brought to public scrutiny with the arrival into town of an "outsider", the new young high school principal Michael Rossi, and through a murder trial. Written by Huggo

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3 March 1958 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

La caldera del diablo  »

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$25,600,000
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Lana Turner's hair color is a darker shade of blonde than in her other films of the period. The reasoning was to make her and Diane Varsi look more like mother and daughter, and to provide contrast with Hope Lange, who was a very light blonde. Ironically, in the novel, Lange's character, Selena Cross, is described as having a dark, gypsy-like quality to her appearance. See more »

Goofs

Mike Rossi and Dr. Swain are driving in a car and they come to a stop sign. The sign is red. All stop signs were yellow (with little round glass reflectors in the letters) in the 1940s (the time of this picture) and stop signs were not changed to red until the mid 1950s. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Harrington: This job starts at 3,000 a year.
Michael Rossi: Then we're all wasting our time. That's only $5 a week more than I was making as a teacher, Mr. Harrington
Mr. Harrington: But this offers you security -- a long term contract.
Michael Rossi: Guaranteed poverty is not security.
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Worth Watching
18 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

I love older movies and especially try to watch the ones I have heard of but never seen. For the most part when I do this I am somewhat disappointed in the movie. This is the exception. This movie was well worth watching. I thought the casting was excellent, the characters developed well and scenery was great. It was like a walk back in time. I especially liked the way that many different characters were developed, and you want to know more about each of them. You wonder how they lived the rest of their lives. This is to me a true test of how good a movie is. Did the boys make it home from the war alive? Did Allison become a famous writer? Did Connie and the principal get married? I wish there was a part two to this movie. I would stand in line to watch it.


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