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Place in the Sun [DVD] [1951] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift, Shelley Winters, Anne Revere, Keefe Brasselle
  • Directors: George Stevens
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Aug 2001
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CXBZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,568 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Vasileios Marantos on 18 Dec 2002
Format: DVD
Clift is a poor boy who comes in the big city, to work in his uncle's factory. There he meets a poor girl, and falls in love with her. At the same moment he meets Taylor, a wealthy and beautiful girl, and a new romance beginns, which can help him to become member of the high society. His passion for Taylor leads him to a murder and to prison.
The vulnerable, handsome Clift is a perfect pair with Taylor, in her first adult role, the direction of Stevens is his best, the movie is a masterpiece, the extras include subtitles, trailers, interviews, the film was a smash-hit in its day, now its a classic...for the fist time is available in Europe and in DVD...WHAT ELSE TO YOU WANT?
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Tasha Vukichevich on 15 April 2006
Format: DVD
It is always difficult to make a compelling film out of an excellent book. But "A Place in the Sun" is not only the exquisite adaptation of a superb novel, but a delicate and sensitive development of the book as well. An impressive achievement rarely seen in film history.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Michael Bo on 23 Dec 2002
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'A Place in the Sun' is rumoured to be classic Hollywood melodrama, but refamiliarizing oneself with George Stevens' film shows it to be so much more than just melodrama. There are infinite subleties in the elaborate construction that is 'Place in the Sun', gorgeous cinematography and a smoothly luxurious cutting technique that, for a while at least, makes you think you are following a rather artificial love story about two beautiful doomed people, where in fact the tragedy unfolds in a relentness, downbeat manner that makes you almost choke with pain. Elizabeth Taylor (and I was never a fan to put it mildly) is brilliant, and Montgomery Clift overcomes the limitations of method acting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carol Lawson on 6 Oct 2013
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Why don't they make movies like this anymore. Its got it all sex, violence and murder and none of it over the top in your face rubbish.
They make some brilliant movies today but not classy A Place In The Sun is class.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter Charboneau on 28 Nov 2013
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Sucker for old films and no way disappointed in this one. Would sure recommend it especially if you like Mon Clift. not a Liz Taylor fan but thought this was the best I've seen her do.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ms. C. C. Dobson on 1 April 2011
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An enaging and a good film,the actors are in their youth and have that early 'hunger' to become their characters. It is a very disturbing film. I would actually say, Taylor gives one of the better performances of her career in this film.
It does remind us of just how inflexible the social divides and economical divisions were and how they counted even with blood relations and even in a 'classless society' as America is and has often been referred to as.

The exploration of the rich and the not rich is stark in its realism, expressed by the emotions, desires and frustrations of the Montgomery Clift character and the girlfriend played by a young Shelley Winters, particularly as she is only too well aware of their separate choices, and hers are so limited compared to the boyfriend.

The torment that the couple feel is wonderfully acted. This film fits into the genre of 30/50s themes of 'injustices posited by society onto the poor'. Rather than focus entirely for drama on the court scenario, the film stays with the people and their relationships, leading up to and after the crime, ending with the final scenario of the condemned man. Very important and moving, definitely a very haunting film.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Harman on 21 Aug 2011
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This film, one of George Stevens`s finest, is based on real events, relating to the murder in 1906 of Grace Brown by William Gillette at Herkimer County, New York. It served as an inspiration for Theodore Dreiser`s novel `An American Tragedy` of which this film is an adaptation.
The paring of Elizabeth Tayor and Montgomery Clift is faultless. The opening scene links the two when George Eastman (Clift) is seen thumbing a lift and Angela Vickers (Elizabeth) drives past, klaxon horn hooting.

An example of similarity and contrast occurs in an early scene when George enters the factory. Earl Eastman (Keith Brasselle)walks past him, turns, and for a moment the faces of these two men are shown; so alike, and yet their circumstances are so different: Earl,son of the managing director, with all the advantages this brings. George, the outsider, poor, underprivileged, having worked as bell-hop, caddy etc., The point is made once more when Earl`s father Charles (Herbert Heyes) watches his son dressing for dinner. Earl notices his father`s observation and asks, `Is my tie on straight?` Charles laughs and says, `No, I was just thinking...` and the viewer needs no further explanation.

A contrast is also shown between the beauty of Angela and the plain Alice Tripp (Shelley Winters) whom George dates despite company rules. A pivotal moment takes place when George, accompanied by Alice, passes a mission choir, one of the members being a ten - year - old boy who bares a striking resemblance to himself: will George continue on this path, or will he yield to the opportunity offered him to `better` himself?
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By Donna Milne on 3 April 2013
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I thought this was a good film, It had an interesting storyline and i would recommend this film, but only if you like old fashioned movies.
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