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Peyton Place [DVD] [1957]
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Peyton Place is a 1950s melodrama, unusual perhaps in its more frank references to sex, illegitimate children and rape when compared with to other films of the same genre and period. But scratching just a bit below the surface is not much more than an up-market soap-opera. I liked the film, but I have to say that I doubt I will remember much of it in a few months. It's a slow paced story of seasons and changes told by a woman looking back on her last year at high-school, in 1941, the year Pearl Harbor was bombed and the americans entered the second world war. It wants to be a story of lost innocence but it's far too conscious of it to fully work. It was quite successful in its time, earning quite a few Oscar nominations, including 5 for the cast lead by Lana Turner and Hope Lange. As for the DVD it has no extras, but it does show the film in a very good copy, with wonderful colours. It's hard to know who I could recommend this film to. Most of my friends would be bored with its two and a half hours, but if you like the films of the period or melodramas in general (which you probably do, since you are in this page), I think you should go for it. Maybe you'll fall in love with it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 8 October 2013
I saw this film over 50 years ago and it is still as good as it was. ( my opinion ) If you like films from the Golden Age of Hollywood then this is for you. Actors had to act then and not rely on special effects to carry the film. It has good and some not so good actors but everyone puts their heart into telling the story. It is a from a time when people had values that seem lost today. Money well spent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 December 2012
I remember seeing this film years ago when I was a teenager and I have always remembered parts of it. I also remember watching the TV series of the same name. So it was great to watch the film again as I have never seen it over the years on the TV. I still enjoyed the film and it didn't seem to have dated as some old films can do. I would recommend this film not only to see how things were in the 50s but to show how evil minded busy bodies can make so much trouble.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 20 August 2008
Fantastic, lush and romantic version of the well known novel. New England never looked more ravishing. This is a great print and a high quality transfer. They certainly don't make movies like this any more. Ideal for a wet Sunday afternoon. It's a shame that the Region 2 release has none of the splendid extras you have on this version.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 15 November 2008
This is an interesting and well-made film that reminds us about the social taboos that ruled many people's lives until 50 or so years ago. It powerfully depicts the anguish and fear that burdened those who had broken those rules, even through no fault of their own. I can see how inflammatory the film (and the book upon which it was based) would have been in the 1950s as the story of a community, of seemingly morally upright folk, is gradually revealed to be a hot-bed of shame and hypocrisy. Though some of the moral standards expected of people seem dated, compared with today's more liberal attitudes, it remains a powerful film that dealt with difficult issues.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 February 2013
I loved the list of top dramatic actors in this movie. Some movies never date. As with most old movies they leave the viewer to his own imagination. I highly recommend this movie. Seller was excellent and I have no complaints.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 October 2013
its an old favourite.....I'd recommend it to anyone who liked Lana Turner I remember when it was a series and
liked it then, that is the reason I bought it. It has a lot of interest
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on 21 July 2014
This is an oldie but a wonderful movie. Have seen it several times over the years and enjoy it every time! It has maintained it's relevance, more so now where we are in a period of new means of communication that allow "gossip" about anyone, anywhere to be instantaneously available to all. The wonderful Lana Turner is magnificent in this movie - as are all the principal actors. I highly recommend this movie - it has moments of high drama and frankness that is very refreshing.
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on 5 May 2014
All my friends remembered this one. This was the favourite of my friends and mine. Trivial I suppose but really good. The good old days I suppose but fun to watch.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Peyton Place is more than a 'Woman's picture' - it's stirring, swirling New England small town gossip, but whipped up into huge production values. The stereo separation of the actors is ridiculously overemphasised as is the lush, hugeness of the score. It swells at the mere whisper of drama. The DVD shows it in the 16:9 original format.

And drama there is aplenty, with stifling Victorian attitudes rubbing shoulders (painfully) with the burgeoning sexuality and wealth of 1950's American youth. Less confrontational and contentious as say, Rebel Without a Cause and less hot under the collar as anything by Tennessee Williams, the 2.5 hr running time passes swiftly and sweetly, made all the more watchable by Lana Turner and others. Whereas many other melodramas often annoy or are sickly, Peyton Place doesn't have any obnoxious (oops, I mean 'precocious') children to get in the way plus this multi-faceted snapshot has many layers which move on neatly.

Made and released before I was even a twinkle in anybody's eye, I find a strange, quiet reassurance at letting this saga unfold. More than just a wet Sunday afternoon time-filler, this is the sort of solid Hollywood fare that both helped shape and entertain America.
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