Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)
Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 16
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 4
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Paul Newman recreates his Broadway role in the 1962 film version of Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth. Newman plays handsome hustler Chance Wayne, who romances fading film star Alexandra Del Lago (Geraldine Page) in hopes of winning a movie contract for himself. The mercenary Wayne and the self-destructive Alexandra find themselves in Chance's home town, where corrupt politician Boss Finley (Oscar-winner Ed Begley) rules the roost. Finley's daughter Heavenly (Shirley Knight), impregnated
Mar 21, 1962 Wide
May 2, 2006
MGM Home Entertainment
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It's a glossy, engrossing hunk of motion picture entertainment, slickly produced by Berman.
Offers little indication of what made the original play interesting (especially in Elia Kazan's stage production), despite the fact that Paul Newman and Geraldine Page are called on to reprise their original roles.
Brooks' direction seems a little too stolid for all the sleazy, flaming passions. These are, however, given full measure by an excellent cast.
This cynical, coruscating drama has a strong look of being contrived, and Mr. Brooks' happy ending for it is implausible and absurd.
All of Williams's Southern Gothic themes are intermingled here: violence, familial conflict, sexual neurosis, the mentality of the mob. Most of it comes across as overheated nonsense.
Strong cast (Newman, Page) in deeply dramatic Williams drama.
There is no clearer face for the conflict and despondency of the decade of the sixties than Newman's magnificent bastards.
When approaching 1962's Sweet Bird of Youth, go for the parts rather than the whole.... [T]he film is a long drive through swampy melodrama.
The film gets a little bogged down in minutiae and irrelevant side plots, but on the whole it's solid and searing.
In 1962, the film was deemed audacious due to its handling of such taboo issues as drugs, abortion, and degeneracy, but it's a comromised work which deviates substantially from Tennessee Williams' play.
Newman and Page elevate Williams' melodramatic romance.
Newman began his splendid career on stage and returned triumphantly to Broadway to star in Williams' play about a gigolo with acting ambitions who attaches himself to an aging movie star.
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