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Life In The Deep South!
- Raymond Banacki
"Sweet Bird Of Youth" examines the desperation of people in the throes of personal crises. It offers substantial opportunites for actors who can blaze their way through a role. Richard Brooks' adaptation is essentially a melodramatic rendering of the play. And his throat-throttling direction packs a real punch, too. In the original play, Chance infected Heavenly with syphillis and Tom Jr. castrated Chance gleefully on Easter morning!
Ben couln't understand.
The play was a success. In New York. It bombed at the Box Office though Newman was a leading romantic lead. While not an expert, I think I can guess that the rest of the country was not ready for this film. New York seems to love plays about the ignorant voters in the South. But seem to ignore the more recent and past politics where there governors and mayors end up in jail, in northern voters in NY and Mass allowed them to remain for decades.
Sweet Bird of Youth
The last good adaptation of Williams' play. Newman is bland, Page won a Golden Globe for her performance, Knight was nominated for an Oscar and Begley won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar. Most of the characters are unlikable, but director/ writer Brooks keeps a good pace. A good, but not great film based upon one of the best plays of America's best dramatist. I give it a 3/5.
Geroaldine Page Was A Great Actress
MGM cast Paul Newman and offered the female lead to a group of strong women superstars:Susan Hayward, Ava Gardner and a brilliant choice against type Lucille Ball, and we should be grateful the 3 leading actresses cited above turned down the role and Geraldine Page starred and stole the movie. Nominated for her brilliant performance, Ms. Page lost to Anne Bancroft.
...biting repartee of elegantly desperate people
- Marisa Torre
Y'know that thing, when you're watching a movie and you gotta pee, but you're waiting for a slow part? ... yeah ... You're gonna bust a gut on this one ... Newman is at his sexiest rogue best and Ms Page a deliciously vixen kitten; together they generate a crackling heat with the kind of dialogue that litters quotable gems like lingerie on a bordello laundry-room floor. Other story elements of social and political relevance also sparkle with the biting repartee of elegantly desperate people. That's my fav aspect of this film. Everyone, as befits the comportment of the times, presents the epitome of elegance on the outside, and the most profound deperation inside.Chance Wayne treads the finest line between the evil and the pure in him until his only freedom from desperation beats him to the saddest happy ending
Uma obra prima de Tenesse Williams que foi adaptado para o cinema. O filme um dos melhores e Paul Newman e Geraldine Page esto timos juntos. O filme uma relquia. Excelente.
A Provocative, Entertaining Adult Drama.
- Frank Harris Horn
Paul Newman, Geraldine Page, Shirley Knight and Ed Begley in an Oscar-winning performance lead a star-studded cast in a bravura screen version of Tennessee Williams' hit Broadway stage play. Newman is Chance Wayne, a would-be actor, who brings a drug-addicted-alcoholic movie actress (Page) back to his Gulf Coast hometown, where he intends to re-new his relationship with his girlfriend (Knight), whose father (Begley; Best Supporting Actor Oscar) is the town's corrupt political boss, who intends to fix him up proper. The movie's director, Richard Brooks also wrote the adaptation screenplay. Paul Newman, Geraldine Page, Shirley Knight along with co-stars Rip Torn and Madeleine Sherwood were also in the original Broadway production. With Phillip Abbott, Mildred Dunnock, Corey Allen, Barry Cahill, Dub Taylor, James Douglas, Barry Atwater, James Chandler, Dorothy Konrad, Kelly Thordsen, Mike Steen, William Forrest, Davis Roberts, Roy E. Glenn, Sr. & Eddy Samuela.
Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)
- James Higgins
86/100. Geraldine Page gives one of the best performances of her illustrious career, if not her best. Paul Newman is magnificent, among his best five performances. The supporting cast is amazing. Madeleine Sherwood is incredible. Shirley Knight, Ed Begley, Rip Torn and Mildred Dunnock all deliver. Tennessee Williams can be a downer, but he also rights some powerful stuff, although this varies quite a bit from the book. Intense, extremely well produced in every aspect. Ed Begley won an Oscar, Page and Knight were nominated. Richard Brooks superbly directs the film with flair and style.
- Jarrod McDonald
First, the video/DVD link is for the made-for-television version of this play, starring Liz Taylor. There is a boxed Tennessee Williams film collection that has this one with Paul Newman and Geraldine Page (and it is also sold separately at Amazon). I think Page's performance is great. It's one of eight Academy Award-nominated performances for her and a role she had originally done on Broadway, directed by Elia Kazan. It's interesting that she's only 38 in real life when she plays this character and seems far from washed-out herself. She would go on to do other Williams' plays and eventually win the Oscar for 1985's 'The Trip to Bountiful.'