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Written on the Wind (1957)

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Perhaps the definitive Douglas Sirk production, Written on the Wind is based on the novel by Robert Wilder. The story revolves around the Hadleys, a wealthy but thoroughly debauched family of Texas oil millionaires. Robert Stack is self-destructive alcoholic Kyle Hadley, while Dorothy Malone won an Oscar for her equally vivid potrayal of Kyle's nymphomaniac sister Marylee. Kyle manages to win beautiful, level-headed advertising executive Lucy Moore (Lauren Bacall) away from his best friend,

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Drama, Classics, Comedy

George Zuckerman

Aug 21, 2001

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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

July 7, 2010 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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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.

May 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Film and Felt
Film and Felt

A spellbinding twisty story teeming with sexual frustration and whatnot.

January 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Big screen sudser with Hudson and Bacall leading the tears.

December 23, 2006
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Works like gangbusters, with its irresistibly corny opening theme song, larger-than-life performances, sweeping hyper-romance, perfectly-timed bombshells of plot twists.

September 17, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

On the surface, it's a sopa opera, a small-town melodrama about a troubled and powerful Texan clan, but it's Douglas Sirk's thematic critique, ironic approach and visual style that makes this Oscar-winning film stand out from the rest of the bunch

July 4, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Written on the Wind (1956) is generally regarded as the best of director Douglas Sirk's 1950s lush, vibrantly colorful...

April 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films

a twisted masterpiece of self-parody

July 25, 2001
Q Network Film Desk

[Sirk's] masterpiece, the grand-daddy of them all.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

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.
September 9, 2012
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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.
February 17, 2012
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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.
September 12, 2009
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Bruce Bruce

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superior soap.
July 6, 2008
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