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Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)

Approved | | Drama | 29 May 1962 (Portugal)
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Drifter Chance Wayne returns to his hometown after many years of trying to make it in the movies. Arriving with him is a faded film star he picked up along the way, Alexandra Del Lago. ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Brooks

Writers:

Tennessee Williams (play), Richard Brooks (written for the screen by)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Newman ... Chance Wayne
Geraldine Page ... Alexandra Del Lago
Shirley Knight ... Heavenly Finley
Ed Begley ... 'Boss' Finley
Rip Torn ... Thomas J. Finley, Jr.
Mildred Dunnock ... Aunt Nonnie
Madeleine Sherwood ... Miss Lucy
Philip Abbott ... Dr. George Scudder
Corey Allen ... Scotty
Barry Cahill Barry Cahill ... Bud
Dub Taylor ... Dan Hatcher
James Douglas James Douglas ... Leroy
Barry Atwater ... Ben Jackson
Charles Arnt ... Mayor Henricks
Dorothy Konrad Dorothy Konrad ... Mrs. Maribelle Norris
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Drifter Chance Wayne returns to his hometown after many years of trying to make it in the movies. Arriving with him is a faded film star he picked up along the way, Alexandra Del Lago. While trying to get her help to make a screen test, he also finds the time to meet his former girlfriend Heavenly, the daughter of the local politician Tom 'Boss' Finley, who more or less forced him to leave the town many years ago. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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He used love like most men use money. See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 1962 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

El dulce pájaro de la juventud See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Because of its then-shocking subject matter, this film was given a pre-rating advisory of restricted by the MPAA, prohibiting anyone under the age of 18 from attending. This was pre-rating equivalent of an X (later NC-17) rating. By today's standards, the film is so tame that, when shown on Turner Classic Movies, it's rated TV-PG. See more »

Goofs

At 52:52, the position of Chance's arm changes. See more »

Quotes

Chance Wayne: Well, some more oxygen?
Alexandra Del Lago: No. No, I must look hideous in it.
Chance Wayne: Oh, no, honey. You just look exotic. Yeah. Like a princess from Mars or a... big magnified insect.
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Connections

Spoofed in Sweet Spurt of Youth (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

"Abide with Me: (1861) (uncredited)
Words by Henry F. Lyte (1847)
Music by William H. Monk
Sung in church by the congregation
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Page is simply magnificent!
25 August 2002 | by MLaug22477See all my reviews

Gerladine Page is truly magnificent in this picture. A great actress who died way too early. Her portrait of the drunk doped out film actress is amazing. Newmna, Begley, Knight are very good indeed but it is Page who is truly great. I never saw her give a bad performance. Thank goodness she won an Oscar just before she died. It was richly deserved.


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