Carrie (1952)






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Movie Info

In this film, Carrie leaves her go-nowhere small town for the wicked metropolis of Chicago. Here she becomes the mistress of erudite restaurant manager Laurence Olivier. Obsessed by Carrie, Olivier steals money from his boss to support her in the manner to which he thinks she is accustomed.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Ruth Goodman Goetz, Augustus Goetz
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 18, 2005
Paramount Pictures


as George Hurstwood

as Julie Hurstwood

as Charles Drouet

as Mr. Fitzgerald

as Allan

as Slawson

as Mrs. Oransky

as George Hurstwood Jr.

as Jessica Hurstwood

as O'Brien

as Carrie's father

as Carrie's mother

as Little girl

as Goodman

as Captain

as Mike the Bartender

as Elderly Man

as Joe Brant

as Louis the Headwaiter

as Maitre D'

as Bartender

as Bartender

as Bartender

as Wine Steward

as Servant girl

as Boy Friend

as Conductor

as Bride's Father

as Factory Worker

as Parson/Factory Forem...

as Connell

as Older Waiter

as Waiter

as Floor Man

as Patrons at Slawson'

as Patrons at Slawson'

as Stage manager

as Older Chorus Girl

as Call Boy

as Assistant Stage Mana...

as Theater Cashier

as Businessman

as Carrie's Sister

as Stage Door Johnnies

as Ticket Agent

as Bum at Hofer's

as Showgirl

as Assistant Stage Mana...

as Young Man/Job Seeker

as Maitre 'D

as Policeman

as Policeman

as Coachman

as Necktie Salesman

as Restaurant patron

as Restaurant Patron

as Brakeman

as Restaurant Patron
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Critic Reviews for Carrie

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Well-crafted but dry and sentimental adaptation of Theodore Dreiser's controversial novel Sister Carrie.

Full Review… | September 4, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Based on Theodore Dreiser's novel, William Wyler's melodrama is well directed and well acted, especially by Laurence Olivier.

Full Review… | July 4, 2005

remarkable acting, better than Olivier's showier roles in those well-known Shakespearean movies, and not to be missed

Full Review… | November 10, 2004

Audience Reviews for Carrie


This movie is a depressing, sad, and probably very realistic drama. If you like that, you'll like this movie, but I found it really boring.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Fine version of Dreiser's story considering the period when it was made. Wyler's assured direction is a big plus. Jones' fussy nervous performance is a drawback although she improves towards the end of the film. She's overpowered however whenever Laurence Olivier is on the screen giving a masterful portrayal of a man slowly disintergrating. Miriam Hopkins is also very fine as a cruel and vindictive wronged wife.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


"carrie" is adapted from classic realism satirist theodore dreiser's "sister carrie" which parodies the metropolitan alienation on uptowners, and the essence of the novel is about the futility of dreams among a bunch of soulessly philistines without spiritual substance, estray in the immense sphere abound with materialistic inquisitions. but somehow the movie production transmutes into a dirge of a romantic steer with the veil of overflowing sentimentality which invetibly leads to melodramaticity.

it transforms into a showcast vehicle for laurence olivier as dashing middle-aged man suffering from a suffocating marriage to a cruel uncaring woman, then he seeks solace from a burgeoning fair carrie as the love of his life. depraved by his obnoxious wife's confinement, he commits thievery to elope with carrie by deceiving carrie into the train with false excuse. but the script grants abundant mercy to the olivier's hurstwood who is merely compelled by the relentless opressions of a frigid woman. and later hurstwood degenerates into street bum, but his torch for carrie remains flamy, at last he condescends himself into panhandling from carrie for a meal. but he rejects her further charity to embrace him back into her luxurious patronship.

it totally neglects the core spirit of the novel and its severe philosophy of life's crude grimness which rots everyone, carrie for vanity and desire, hurstwood for cracked pride...etc. the movie interpretation is naive beautification to smoothen it into a tragic romance, hurstwood becomes a noble gentleman distressed in ill fate, and carrie is a simplistic ingenue with pious faith in love. in the novel, carrie is complicated with peacockish naivety and knee opportunitism which guide her into being a dishonorable mistress trading herself for the extravagenza. hurstwood under dreiser's pen is a duplicious liar who methodically guiles carrie with the complacency to flatter himself with the affair of a young lad, and he cannot take defeats well so he shuns away from frustraction with no backbone, a complete loser demised without name, title, not even a bit concern from carrie.

hollywood is alsways inclined to capsulate literature with sugary romanticism despite the grittiness in the original work, same with "a place in the sun" which is dreiser's another masterpiece sweetened by the studio that transpires into another tear-jerking melodrama. only olivier's performance is worthy of praises for his dignified suaveness, but the whole flick is literarily written for him, isn't it?

Veronique Kwak

Super Reviewer

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