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kings go forth
- kevin sellers
If you can get beyond the annoying irony of a film that claims to be a critique of American race prejudice but contains nary a single person of color in the cast, and if you can somehow rise above Natalie Wood's absolutely awful French accent, then you will be rewarded with some gripping scenes (like the one where Tony Curtis' hitherto hidden bigot cruelly reveals himself) and a tone of weary sadness that befits a film set in WW2 France. Helping immensely are the performances from the three leads. Curtis is always great when playing a shitheel (Sidney Falco? Hello?) and Frank Sinatra is quite affecting as a large souled but rejected suitor. As for Wood, if you just put cotton wool in your ears as you watch her performance you can discard what's bad about it and focus on how well she conveys youthful innocence, beauty and goodness. Also fine are Karl Swenson as a lonely colonel and Leora Dana, who was so good playing coldness and snobbery in her other 1958 movie with Sinatra, "Some Came Running," portraying Wood's thoughtful, enlightened mom. So, although the screenplay can be overly talky, with unnecessary narration, and Delmer Daves' direction, as usual, is on the soft, mushy side (especially the first two thirds) I'd give this movie a solid B. P.S. If you thought the music was hauntingly beautiful that's 'cause it's by Elmer Bernstein.
kings go forth
- george k
Very good acting, great story line.
THE BEST LOVE STORY EVER!!!!!!!!!
- PAMELA TILSON
I WATCH THIS MOVIE FOR THE FIRST TIME WHEN I WAS ABOUT FOURTEEN YEARS OF AGE AND IT WAS GREAT AND I ENJOY IT SO MUCH FRANK SINATRA WAS AND CLASS ACTED AN I WAS UPSET WHEN NATALIE WOOD FALLS FOR TONY CURTIS AND THEN WHEN I LEARN TONY CURTIS WASN'T SERIOUS ABOUT MARRYING NATALIE WOOD BUT I LOVE THIS MOVIE SO MUCH UNTIL ALL MY FRIENDS WATCH THIS MOVIE BECAUSE I TELL THEM THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST CLASSIC MOVIE YOU WILL EVER WATCH AND WHEN FRANK SINATRA COMES BACK TO SEE NATALIE WOOD AFTER THE FIGHTING WITH ONE ARE AND WHEN HE OPEN THAT CLASSROOM DOOR WHERE NATALIE WOOD TEACHING AND THE EMBRACE EACH OTHER YOU KNOW THAT THEY WILL BE A COUPLE GREAT GREAT GREAT MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The best love story!!
I watch this movie when I was about thirteen and I'm in my late forties, and this is still my favorite movie of all times This picture about two men in the service and a young beautiful lady one love her and one is just playing like he does.I think this is the best love story ever!!!! And the ending make it all worth watching.
kings go forth
- cindy ryan
I had never heard of this movie before I saw it on TCM. I thought the perfomances were excellent! Especially, Frank Sinatra! It has a surprise twist that I didn't see coming. I think everyone should give it a look.
Um filme brilhante
Brilhante, sensacional ver este triangulo amoroso em plena segunda guerra mundial. Eu gostaria muito que o TCM exibisse este filme. Ele muito bom e os fs de Sinatra agradecem
as much as I adore Natalie Wood her french accent was terrible and they should have either nixed the idea or use a real french actress perhaps leslie caron?
I really love this movie and wish that it was shown more often on TCM. Frank Sinatra, Tony Curtis, and Natalie Wood do a great job in this film. One of my favorite movies.