The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956)


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This meticulous and unusually long cinemadaptation of Sloan Wilson's best-selling novel The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit stars Gregory Peck as an ex-army officer, pursuing a living as a TV writer in the postwar years. Hired by a major broadcasting network, Peck is assigned to write speeches for the network's president (Fredric March). Peck comes to realize that the president's success has come at the expense of personal happiness, and this leads Peck to ruminate on his own life. Extended … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Nunnally Johnson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 9, 2005


as Tom Rath

as Betsy Rath

as Ralph Hopkins

as Maria Montagne

as Mrs. Hopkins

as Judge Bernstein

as Caesar Gardella

as Hawthorne

as Susan Hopkins

as Bill Ogden

as Mrs. Manter

as Edward Schultz

as Mahoney

as Florence

as Freddie

as Police Sergeant

as Dr. Pearce

as Miss Lawrence

as Byron Holgate

as Mrs. Hopkins' Maid

as Secretary

as Business Executive

as Elevator Operator

as Waiter

as Italian Farm Wife

as Carriage Driver

as German Soldier

as German Soldier

as German Soldier

as Soldier

as Soldier

as Italian Boy

as Italian Boy

as Italian Boy

as Master Sergeant Matt...
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Critic Reviews for The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

As the broadcasting tycoon, Fredric March is excellent, and the scenes between him and Peck lift the picture high above the ordinary.

Full Review… | June 27, 2011
Top Critic

Relentlessly envelops every idea, obscures every issue in a smug smog of suburbinanity.

Full Review… | June 27, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

A mature, fascinating and often quite tender and touching film.

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

The film may seem mediocre now (it did back then), but it probably speaks volumes about the period, and Bernard Herrmann composed the score.

Full Review… | January 22, 2002
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A surprisingly engrossing, if shallow and overlong, Hollywood vision of 1950s thirtysomethings, with Peck turning in a dignified title role.

Full Review… | June 27, 2011
TV Guide's Movie Guide

But the film is so reductive, so often substitutes subtlety with theatrical gravitas, and so transparently stacks the deck in favor of a preordained outcome that it threatens to become a buttoned-down Reefer Madness for the corner-office set.

Full Review… | April 4, 2006

Audience Reviews for The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit

High toned soaper that does interesting stuff, especially involving post-traumatic stress syndrome. A vet returns to civilian life and is comfortable more or less, only his wife (cast as sort of a villianess: Jennifer Jones in an excellent portrayal) wants more, "... a bigger house, more money, some status wouldn't hurt, and why aren't you going out to get all that for us??? Maybe its cause you lost yer balls in the war!" Ouch! There's a couple of side plots as well; the romance in Italy with the other woman, the boss who sacrifices everything for the company and wants Peck to do as well, which are not bad. The overall treatment of the characters and the subject keeps everything from parody.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

There are a lot of good actors in this movie, and the story is realistic, but it's so realistic that it's boring and uninteresting most of the time. It's okay, but it could have been a lot better.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Well acted but very dated in its attitudes.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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