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A Tale of Two Cities (1935)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1935 Wide

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It is a tale known well, filmed many times over the years, but never better than this early black and white version from the MGM Studios, David O. Selznick producing. "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times"-- Charles Dickens juxtaposes England and France, George and Louis, tradition and revolution. One of the most beloved of Dickens' stories, finding not only countries and conditions compared, but also two individuals thrown up in stark contrast to one another: -- the dissolute

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Drama, Romance, Classics

Charles Dickens, W.P. Lipscomb

Oct 10, 2006

Warner Home Video

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Several of the big crowd scenes, especially the storming of the Bastille, are big-budget showstoppers with thousands of extras filling the frame in a way CGI still can't match.

August 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune
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Selznick's last production before leaving MGM to form his own company, this lavish film is an eloquent version of Dickens classic, benefiting from Ronald Colman's suave performance and the studio's reliable stock company.

March 20, 2009 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Best telling so far of classic novel w/fine Colman turn.

June 21, 2008
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Selznick managed to create the cinematic equivalent of "the best of times" without a downside.

June 15, 2007

It's everything I expect from a Dickens adaptation: a grand, sweeping storyline; impeccable period costumes and sets; and colorful villains and selfless heroes.

August 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
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Audience Reviews for A Tale of Two Cities

This is a good movie about the French Revolution, which was the high point of the film, but the low points are just about every other scene where people are talking and not doing much, which are really boring. If you've read the book, it would be interesting to compare, but otherwise I don't recommend this movie.
September 21, 2010
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Ronald Colman and crew do Dickens' work justice and the cinematic values are superior to most pieces done in the era.It was worth the loss of Colman's mustache.
April 24, 2014
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