Written on the Wind (1957)


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In this excellent melodrama, Robert Stack plays a playboy heir to a Texas oil dynasty who falls in love with Lauren Bacall, a beautiful gold-digger. Rock Hudson falls in love with Stack's nymphomaniac sister Dorothy Malone. However, the two relationships wreak havoc on the oil dynasty.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: George Zuckerman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 21, 2001
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as Mitch Wayne

as Lucy Moore Hadley

as Kyle Hadley

as Marylee Hadley

as Jasper Hadley

as Biff Miley

as Dan Willis

as Dan Willis

as Dr. Paul Cochrane

as Hoak Wayne

as Roy Carter

as R.J. Courtney

as Secretary

as Bartender

as Hotel Floorlady

as Maitre d'

as Hotel Manager

as Court Clerk

as Taxi Starter

as Hotel Proprietor

as Kyle as a Boy

as Mitch as a Boy

as Marylee as a Girl

as Boy in Drugstore

as Beer Drinker

as Mitch as a Boy
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Critic Reviews for Written on the Wind

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In countless ways visible and invisible, Sirk's sly subversion skewed American popular culture, and helped launch a new age of irony.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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New York Times
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Time Out
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A continuous aria of need, despair, self-loathing. It says 'Money can't buy you happiness' in 72-point all-caps Futura Bold.

Full Review… | July 7, 2010

It has far more strengths than weaknesses, but I can't put it close to his twin masterpieces All That Heaven Allows and Imitation of Life.

Full Review… | May 5, 2010
Film and Felt

Audience Reviews for Written on the Wind

Precisely the type of hell men think of should the phrase "chick flick" be raised, while simultaneously the nirvana woman love to deny loving. A Texas oil family anguishs over the discovery that money (cue the symphony orchestra) can't buy me love. Bacall alone refuses to submit to this pleased-with-itself debauchery that meekly pretends to disdain wealth.

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

An advertising secretary (Lauren Bacall) gets swept up in a love triangle amonst two friends, one a millionaire playboy (Robert Stack) and the other is an employee of the millionaire father's company (Rock Hudson). It is apparent the millionaire playboy is something of a drinker but it's his very vulnerability that lures the secretary away to fall in love with him. Soon, the two are married and it's the friend who's stuck carrying the torch for her. Meanwhile, he's being pursued by the millionaire's sister, who happens to be the town floozy (and someone he wants nothing to do with).

It's the stuff of soap operas and melodramas, but this fifties movie with it's fifties sensibilities has a lot of charm to it. The sister, Dorothy Malone, won an oscar for her over-the-top she-vixen role, and Robert Stack was nominated for his portrayal as well. The story moves briskly albeit predictably.

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Devon Bott

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Written on the wind
This is one of the true Classic's. It was recommended by my true friend raimoyna, as always she picks the best in Classic Films. This one here stars the True Rock, Rock Hudson that is along with Lauren Bacall, Dorothy Malone, and Robert Stack. Robert Stack plays the part of a Rich Oil Tycoon's son, who runs around doing what ever he wants when he wants, and Rock Hudson his best friend is always cleaning up the mess. Lucy ( Lauren Bacal) appears and Rock falls instantly in love with her, Well Robert Stack see's this and stars stalking Lauren, until he maries her. All along Rock is sill in Love with her. Mean while Dorothy Malone, plays Robert Stacks Nympho Sister and wants the Rock, but Rock will have no part of it. This movie is part of the Criterion Collection. All in All its worth 4 stars.

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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