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- James Higgins
For the most part it is a well done film, generally interesting story, good art direction and costumes. Good performances from both the leads. It does lack excitement and is a little bland. It lacks a solid supporting cast and is too gloomy.
Another Olivier gem
Rebecca has always stood out to me as Olivier's most subtle performance but now having seen Carrie I am further impressed. The transformation in his character from prominent member of society to the sad, homeless man forlornly wandering the streets is truly amazing. The utter defeat expressed in his eyes and even his posture is haunting. Even the small movements of his fingers in that last heartbreaking scene speaks volumes. What an unparalleld talent.
Little known Wyler masterpiece
- John Klintworth
A quiet, sad rendering of the novel in the masterful hands of director William Wyler. Jennifer Jones is very good as always portraying a slightly off-kilter character but it is Laurence Olivier who gives perhaps his most subtle and moving film performance. The strength of Olivier's performance shifts the focus toward his character moreso than Jones' character. Wyler I'm sure recognized the strength of Olivier's performance and made the shift himself. Eddie Albert and Miriam Hopkins are also excellent in supporting roles. But ultimately it is through Olivier's character that this fine tragedy is told.
Beautiful Film , Very Sad
Although, it is relentlessly sad, this is one of my favorite movies of Laurence Olivier, Jennifer Jones. The TCM article claims that Jones rceived faint praise while Olivier received high praise. However, I think Jones is wonderful in this film. (Although I agree that the character is romanticized for censorship reasons.) The TCM article also mentioned that Frederic March was considered for the role. He would also have been brilliant as George. Both actors could wrenchingly portray George' s descent. One can't help feel sorry for George, but his bad choices lead him down that sorry road. No one mentions Miriam Hopkins as Mrs. Hurstwood, but her small role is a tour de force.
I just saw this movie for the 1st time last night and I have to add it to my favorite movie list. I thought it was wonderful. I cried like a baby at the end when George was homeless and walking the street begging for a handout. When he took the quarter and left the $50.00, I really lost it. He loved her so much but at the end was a broken man but still had his head waiter experience when he turned the coffee pot handle. Please show this again. I will always remember this movie. Please put it on DVD.
I just saw this movie for the first time last night, in fact it is the first I ever heard of it. I truly believe this is Jennifer Jones and Lawrence Olivier's best performances ever. The movie had it all with a very strong supporting cast. The most evil and cold I have ever seen Miriam Hopkins! Eddie plays a real cad!It not only holds your interest but takes you through a complete rollercoaster of emotions. I sobbed in the end. Should have been nominated for academy awards for both stars and supporting actress and actor. Fabulous must see sleeper. Truly enjoyed it and voted for it to be on dvd so I may own it.
My favorite movie!
This quiet, forgotten masterpiece is my favorite movie, and I think the best per- formance by Jennifer Jones, and the best movie performance by Laurence Olivier. All the performers ring true to the spirit of the novel, and one really sees what joy, and what abject misery can be caused by giving up all for love. Just watch Jenni- fer Jones face in the carriage scene, and you will discover what an accomplished actress she is!
Carrie, What a gem.
- Carol Richardson
When I bought Carrie I forgot what a wonderful movie it was.TCM never shows it, it is a wonderful love story that does have a tragic ending.but still a great movie, Laurence Olivier is at his best in this film and very handsome. Jennifer Jones is great ,and so is the rest of the cast.and the music score of David Raskin is just Beautiful. it would be great if TCM would show this forgotton film once in while.Thanks.
Will I Ever See It Again?
- Evelyn Grant
I love this movie. I saw it years ago and would love to see it again. The film introduced me to Laurence Olivier, who since seeing him in Carrie is still my favourite actor.