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The Teahouse of the August Moon

The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956)

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Release Date: Dec 1, 1956 Wide

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Marlon Brando went out on yet another creative limb when he insisted upon playing sly, philosophical Okinawan interpreter Sakima in the 1956 filmization of John Patrick's Broadway play Teahouse of the August Moon. While he occasionally lapses into "flied lice" stereotyping, for the most part Brando is quite effective and amusing, especially when facing up to the difficult task of speaking directly to the audience. The story is set in Okinawa in the months following V-J Day. Paul Ford (repeating

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Classics, Comedy

John Patrick

Nov 7, 2006

MGM

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Huge commercial hit and uncharacteristically light comedy for Brando, after winning the Oscar for the drama On the Waterfront.

February 18, 2013 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Time has actually been kind to The Teahouse of the August Moon

January 31, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Offbeat Brando role is main reason to see this funny service comedy.

August 14, 2007
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The soft comedy was too much like TV sitcom fare to create much of a fuss.

July 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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The island of Okinawa during the American occupation of the late forties, and Ford's job is to indoctrinate the natives to good ol'Yankee values ... only the Okinawans, led by Marlon Brando as a smiling schemer in Asian makeup, have other ideas. Ugly ideas clothed in a polite approach.
August 7, 2011
ApeneckFletcher

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Marlon Brando was a fearless actor who was constantly taking surprising, challenging work. This is one of the last roles anyone would expect him to play, and his performance is fantastic. This is a hilarious, involving film that, although politically incorrect by today's standards, is actually quite wholesome and sweet. The acting across the board is a pleasure to watch. Director Daniel Mann doesn't do anything remarkable with the material, and not all of the execution is perfect. Nevertheless, I was thoroughly entertained, and I would recommend this film to most people. It is the intelligence of the script and the colorful performances that make it so much fun.
June 17, 2009
michaelcorleone

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    1. Colonel Purdy: You'll need an interpreter...
    2. Capt. Fisby: I can study the language.
    3. Colonel Purdy: No need. We won the war.
    – Submitted by Francis L (23 months ago)
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