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A Place in the Sun

A Place in the Sun

George Stevens (1951)

U Certificate


Our Score
Elizabeth Taylor has never looked lovelier, or the young Montgomery Clift more tortured than in this glossy adaptation of Theodore Dreiser's dour novel An American Tragedy, previously filmed by Josef von Sternberg. This film won six Oscars, including best director for George Stevens, whose trademark dissolves are most tellingly displayed as Clift and Taylor meet for the first time. Trouble is, this tale of love across the tracks has dated badly, and today seems rather drawn out. But Clift and, especially, Shelley Winters are brilliant, so forget the plot and just revel in what was once Hollywood's idea of classy movie-making.


A wage-slave in his uncle's factory has big ambitions. Just as he comes close to marrying a wealthy socialite, a poor working-class girl with whom he had a brief, casual affair tells him she is pregnant with his child. When she threatens to disclose the truth, he makes a series of decisions which bring terrible consequences in their wake. Oscar-winning drama, starring Montgomery Clift, Shelley Winters, Elizabeth Taylor,and Raymond Burr.

Cast & Crew

George Eastman Montgomery Clift
Angela Vickers Elizabeth Taylor
Alice Tripp Shelley Winters
Hannah Eastman Anne Revere
Marlowe Raymond Burr
Charles Eastman Herbert Heyes
Earl Eastman Keefe Brasselle
Marsha Lois Chartrand
Anthony Vickers Shepperd Strudwick
Mrs Vickers Frieda Inescort
Director George Stevens
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Other Information

Language: English Black and White Theatrical distributor: BFI Available on: Available on video and DVD Released on: 1 Feb 2013


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