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  • Actors: Frank Gorshin, Jack Nicholson, Christopher Knight
  • Directors: Irving Lerner
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Cornerstone Media
  • DVD Release Date: 18 July 2005
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0009WL8VE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,246 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The film adaptation of author James T. Farrell's 'Studs Lonigan' trilogy takes place in the slums of Chicago's South Side in the 1920s. It centers on the growing pains of the eponymous hero, including his tempestuous relationship with his father, his attempts to make easy money with his buddies, and his randy ways with the two women in his life. Studs has a lot of growing up to do, and the way he handles these and other situations may very well determine what kind of man he will become...

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By Eileen on 10 Aug. 2014
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Very pleased to get this DVD after watching it in the 1960's. Great
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See Jack N. ..... Way Back When 11 Sept. 2004
By L. Shirley - Published on
Based on the book by James T. Farrell, "Studs Lonigan"(1960) is a kind of rebel story, as we follow the life of a young man for a decade through the roaring 20's and prohibition, and through the depression. William "Studs" Lonigan(Christopher Knight), from the slums of Chicago, can't seem to find any direction in life. He hangs out with "pool room bums", drinks heavily, lusts after the women in his life, but cannot commit to either a relationship or a job. He and his buddies try get rich quick schemes ,his stormy relationship with his father is explored, and he finds himself always unsuccessful in life and love situations. As the years pass he seems to sink deeper and deeper into a pit of frustration and depression. Nearing the age of thirty he must take a look at himself and decide which path to take.

Although this film is not quite up there on a level with "Rebel Without A Cause", it's a good character study on the growing pains of young adults trying to find their way in life, no matter the era it is set in.

Christopher Knight seems to dig deep and find the angst "Studs" is feeling, although, when checking over at the Movie Base, I could not find any other feature films he has been in. Now for Jack Nicholson fans...Jack, in his early 20's, has a meaty supporting role as one of the gang of streetwise punks going bad, and even way back then makes the most of his role; turning in a performance that probably led to some of his bigger parts. A young Frank Gorshin also displays his talents, and the lovely Helen Westcott is the "older" woman, who's arms Studs find comfort in. The great character actor Jay C. Flippen is also included as the Priest trying to set Studs on the right path.

The film is in black and white, which adds to the feeling of the era.

This film may also be found on a DVD included in "Classic Literature On Film". It's a set of 10 films(5 discs) from Brentwood Home Videos(BCIEclipse), with some great old films based on literary works(Farewell to Arms, and Of Human Bondage, just to name a couple).

Happy Trails......Laurie
One Star 18 Oct. 2015
By RAYMOND G. ALTMANN - Published on
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The books have always been a favorite, this film NOT
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Bought two by mistake..too funny 9 May 2010
By Edward Gerry - Published on
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I was looking for a made for tv series called studs lonigan,, and bought this by accident, but it was ok ,,, its only made in vhs,,
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
His Life and Loves 1 April 2012
By Acute Observer - Published on
Studs Lonigan, 1968 film

The movie starts with drawings of a city street. Men play pool while waiting for Studs to arrive. Lucy leaves Studs to return home. William visits his older teacher. "What's the matter?" She gives him advice. So does Lucy. Bill returns home, his father Patrick complains about his late hours. What will Bill do with his life? Playing pool, watching girls walk by, drinking liquor. [Accidents waiting to happen?] A lone woman attracts their attention. They laugh at their joke. They peer into a window until the shade is lowered. There are scenes in the park. Lucy will go to college to meet new friends (a better class?). Has she changed? Pauly will marry Lucy. Studs visits a speakeasy and talks to two men about a job. "Point and squeeze." Is this a joke? His father shows up to take him home. What kind of job to get?

Bill practices on a horn. We see horse-drawn vehicles on the street. They look at job listings, then go to a theater for a show. A woman dances and removes her gloves. Bill imagines that teacher dancing. What will Bill do now? He's got to do something. A dental technician? What is he waiting for? He works with his father now. He sees that teacher again, she breaks with him. Studs meets his friends. One plans to open a `night club' and profit from Prohibition. Painters buy alcohol. But Pauly soon dies from an accident. "None of them are any good." The widow analyzes their faults. Studs stops drinking and starts saving money from his work. Lucy moved away. He visits that teacher again and meets her niece. There is an election for Alderman Doyle. There is a party where people drink, dance, and play cards. Katherine loves Bill. No secrets? What does Bill hate? He tells about his youth, trying to catch a bus. [Symbolism?]

Studs plays pool again, and talks. He and Katharine talk about the future: marriage, home, children. Studs is unhappy with his life. "I never got a break." Katherine has surprising news for him! The newspaper seller talks about the stock market. Studs visits the doctor. Why won't he marry her? The radio tells about runs on the banks. [No Federal Deposit Insurance then.] Bill is on his own. A hard rain falls on all. A man talks against machines and high heels on women's shoes. Bill consults a priest. Where is he going? The influence of alcohol can cause a problem. Can he talk to his parents? What does he want? The priest questions him about his ideas. Bull runs to Katherine. `I'm sorry." "I've got to love you."

I never read the book so I can't comment on this adaption. The books is usually better than the movie. It is a story of a youth who wants to stay at a stage of life where he has no responsibilities. Is that really possible? The warning here is to not listen to all the advice from his buddies, bad advice from anyone is still bad advice. Does this story remind you of your youth? The lesson here is that any young man should be careful of peer pressure since this does not have your best interests at heart (like your parents). This may be hard to believe. This monochrome movie seems like a lower budget production. Was this movie popular in 1968 when so much else was going on?
2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Interesting early Nicholson. 29 Sept. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Interesting film about a sexually active man, Studs Lonigan, in Chicago, during the roaring 20's. Christopher Knight is miscast as Studs Lonigan. This was one of Jack Nicholson's first performance's.
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