Christopher Strong (1933)

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A prize-winning aviator (Katharine Hepburn) falls for the title character (Colin Clive), a British politician who is happily married. Both fall into a tempestuous affair, but are able to resist their urges.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: ZoŽ Akins
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 20, 2009
Runtime:
Warner Bros

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as Lady Cynthia Darring...

as Sir Christopher Stro...

as Lady Elaine Strong

as Monica Strong

as Harry Rawlinson

as Carrie

as Bryce Mercer

as Bryce Mercer

as Fortune Teller

as Girl at party

as Mechanic

as Second Maid

as Mechanic
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Critic Reviews for Christopher Strong

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | January 28, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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At the time, Arzner's film was not well-received, but later, feminists and other critics reexamined the incoherent saga in terms of gender roles and singled out Hepburn's turn (her first starring role) as an aviatrix and her penchant for bizarre outfits.

Full Review… | May 12, 2007
EmanuelLevy.Com

Good cast and from Hollywood's 'Golden Age,' but Arzner's typically flat direction grounds it.

November 24, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Full Review… | May 24, 2003
Film4

Audience Reviews for Christopher Strong

½

Very early Hepburn is an entertaining one if your a fan of hers. It is very mannered in both pacing and acting but as a relic of it's time not bad.

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jay nixon

Super Reviewer

½

The movie starts after a scavenger hunt has rounded up all the usual objects. So, the hostess proposes two new challenges: to either find somebody who has been married for five years and has always been faithful or to find somebody over the age of 21 who has never been in love. For the first category, Monica(Helen Chandler) takes off to find dear old dad, Sir Christopher Strong(Colin Clive), who is so boring he is doing taxes in the middle of the night. Harry(Ralph Forbes) almost literally crashes and burns in a borrowed motorcycle before meeting up with Lady Cynthia Darrington(Katharine Hepburn) who satisfies the second category. At the party, Christopher and Cynthia bond and she gives him a ride in her car before one in her airplane.

Even for the time it was made, "Christopher Strong" is a stodgy movie that drags on much too long and that even Katharine Hepburn can do little to salvage.(You do have to admit, however, that she is one of the only people who could rock that costume.) In fact, the coolest part of the movie, the flying, is usually given short shrift in favor of the dull melodrama in a half-hearted attempt to explore the changing social mores of 1933.(Notice that the movie is not called "The Daring Darrington.") And I am simply left wondering what exactly Cynthia sees in such a drip as Christopher.

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Walter M.

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½

"At the time, Arzner's film was not well-received, but later, feminists and other critics reexamined the incoherent saga in terms of gender roles and singled out Hepburn's turn (her first starring role) as an aviatrix and her penchant for bizarre outfits."

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