Tea and Sympathy (1957)


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1956's Tea and Sympathy is a diluted filmization of Robert Anderson's Broadway play. The original production was considered quite daring in its attitudes towards homosexuality (both actual and alleged) and marital infidelity; the film softpedals these elements, as much by adding to the text as by subtracting from it. John Kerr plays a sensitive college student who prefers the arts to sports; as such, he is ridiculed as a "sissy" by his classmates and hounded mercilessly by his macho-obsessed … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Robert Anderson
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On DVD: Nov 28, 1990
MGM Home Entertainment



as Laura Reynolds

as Tom Robinson Lee

as Bill Reynolds

as Ellie Martin

as Lilly Sears

as Mary Williams

as Umpire

as Mary Williams

as Burly Man

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Full Review… | October 29, 2008
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Though stale, betraying its theatrical origins (Kazan did it on stage), Minnelli's version still reflects the sexual and social anxieties of the McCarthy era as well as of his own life.

Full Review… | May 13, 2007

Remarkable early report on The War on Homosexuals.

Full Review… | August 26, 2006
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