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toys in the attic
- kevin sellers
My dad used to counsel me, as a warning against phoniness, that people can always tell when you are trying to be something that you are not. And damned if the old man wasn't right! Lillian Hellman is not Tennessee Williams and her strenuous efforts to convince people otherwise, in this filmed play, would not fool a retarded lizard. Thus, the elements in this movie, like incest, interracial sex, New Orleans, and mental illness, that in Williams' hands would add up to magic, in Hellman's (and as clunkily directed by George Roy Hill,) add up to tedium. Hellman, in my opinion, is on much firmer ground when dealing with the bourgeois Southern family, as in "Little Foxes," then when she poaches on Williams' preserve of Delta weirdness. About the only reason to watch the film is some damn fine acting by Wendy Hiller and Frank Silvera. (Yes, I know I forgot to include Geraldine Page. What can I say? I've never been a fan of this big league scenery chewer who, even in her movies, always seems like she's on stage.) Give it a C. P.S. Boy, it sure didn't take long for Gene Tierney to lose her looks, huh? She's 42 in this film and seems twice that.
Lillian Hellman From Stage to Screen
- Maria Ramos
When I saw Lillian Hellman, playwright I knew the movie was going to be good, she didn't disappoint. I loved all the actors. Geraldine Page was riveting. Dean Martin was very good, I didn't think about Jerry Lewis not once. And then to see Gene Tierney -- how beautiful. And to think this movie came out in 1966 with all the racial undertones, how intriguing.
Toys in the Attic
- Robin Maples
This movie has excellent acting and a well-written story. Had not seen Dean Martin in such a dramatic role and he was good.
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Incredible Movie a true Diamond in the Rough...
- Sheila White
This movie was AWESOME why would you not allow it to be viewed in the convenience of everyone's home like all the other movies that are not so great! This movie is a classic! It would be a shame to lose such a diamond of a movie. All the actors and actresses gave oscar performances and the story ad charactors were excellent!