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Sweet Bird of Youth ()


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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... See more »

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  • Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations.
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Chance Wayne
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Alexandra Del Lago
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Heavenly Finley
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'Boss' Finley
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Thomas J. Finley, Jr.
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Aunt Nonnie
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Miss Lucy
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Dr. George Scudder
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Scotty
Barry Cahill ...
Bud
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Dan Hatcher
James Douglas ...
Leroy
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Ben Jackson
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Mayor Henricks
Dorothy Konrad ...
Mrs. Maribelle Norris
James Chandler ...
Professor Brutus Haven Smith
Mike Steen ...
Deputy
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Sheriff Clark
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Undetermined Minor Role (uncredited)
Alex Ball ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Audrey Betz ...
Photographer (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ...
Bar Patron (uncredited)
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Director (uncredited)
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Finley Supporter at Rally (uncredited)
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Bennie Taubman (uncredited)
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Charles (uncredited)
Herschel Graham ...
Bar Patron (uncredited)
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Hairdresser (uncredited)
Jim Jacobs ...
Young Politician (uncredited)
Freda Jones ...
Woman at Premier (uncredited)
Emma Palmese ...
Woman at Political Rally (uncredited)
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Man in Car (uncredited)
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Fly (uncredited)
Eddy Samuels ...
Jackie (uncredited)
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Bar Patron (uncredited)
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Man at Political Rally (uncredited)
Norman Stevans ...
Bar Patron (uncredited)
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Film Crew Member (uncredited)
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Dissenter in Car (uncredited)

Directed by

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Richard Brooks

Written by

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Tennessee Williams ... (play "Sweet Bird of Youth")
 
Richard Brooks ... (written for the screen by)

Produced by

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Pandro S. Berman ... producer
Kathryn Hereford ... associate producer

Cinematography by

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Milton R. Krasner ... director of photography (as Milton Krasner)

Film Editing by

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Henry Berman ... film editor

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Charles K. Hagedon ... color consultant

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George W. Davis
Urie McCleary

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Henry Grace ... (set decoration)
Hugh Hunt ... (set decoration)

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Orry-Kelly ... (costumes by)

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Sydney Guilaroff ... hair stylist
William Tuttle ... makeup

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Hank Moonjean ... assistant director

Sound Department

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Franklin Milton ... recording supervisor

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Lee LeBlanc ... special visual effects

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Joan Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

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Robert Armbruster ... orchestra conductor
Harold Gelman ... music supervisor
Jeff Alexander ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Robert Armbruster ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Bronislau Kaper ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
André Previn ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ethmer Roten ... musician: flute (uncredited)
Albert Woodbury ... composer: title music (uncredited)

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Cheryl Crawford ... presented on the stage by
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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Provocative Adult Entertainment See more »
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Also Known As
  • Doux oiseau de jeunesse (France)
  • Süßer Vogel Jugend (Germany)
  • Dulce pájaro de juventud (Spain)
  • To glyko pouli tis niotis (Greece)
  • Ungdoms ljuva fågel (Sweden)
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  • 120 min
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Trivia 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 Just after the opening scene in which he and the Ms. Page character are leaving Florida, the Paul Newman character pulls their Cadillac off the road and parks it in front of a liquor store, where he goes in to get Ms. Page's character a bottle of Smirnoff vodka. Look carefully at the neon signs in the liquor store display window. One of them clearly advertises Coors beer. But this is supposed to be the eastern United States (presumably a Gulf Coast state), and Coors was only sold in Colorado and western states at that time. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Sweet Bird of Youth: Chasing Time (2006). See more »
Soundtracks Ebb Tide See more »
Quotes Chance Wayne: I like you. You are a nice monster.
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