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Written on the Wind Reviews

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Apeneck F

Super Reviewer

September 9, 2012
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.
Mr Awesome
Mr Awesome

Super Reviewer

February 17, 2012
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.
bbcfloridabound
bbcfloridabound

Super Reviewer

September 12, 2009
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.
jjnxn
jjnxn

Super Reviewer

March 26, 2007
superior soap.
Michael G

Super Reviewer

April 12, 2007
So over the top and melodramatic it's scary. The drunken Robert Stack makes the movie, expecially towards the end when he falls off the wagon and goes in search of cheap corn liquor. Lauren Bacall seems a little out of place, but overall it works.
John B

Super Reviewer

April 23, 2013
Another masterpiece by Sirk who always seems hide some subversive themes within all of his work. All of the actors rise to the occasion for the master director.
shannylee38
shannylee38

Super Reviewer

April 19, 2007
The specialization of Douglas Sirk for melodramatic films is really something i didnt expect to love. Maybe the charm or the good look of Rock Hudson that just transported me to this love story which i find amazingly cheesy, but this film is good. Although maybe not so much for the gentlemens.
February 17, 2012
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.
MovieGuruDude72
April 29, 2008
I always laugh when I see Rock Hudson playing a straight man. You just know he's revolted by the thought of kissing a young and nubile Lauren Bacall.
May 5, 2008
Entertaining melodrama that verges on the point of soap opera. Great support from Dorothy Malone and Robert Stack (although Stack overdoes it in some parts).
January 5, 2008
Probably one of Douglas Sirk's best - genuinely moving melodrama. It's motif's are obvious, but man, talk about a film ahead of it's time. Really good stuff here.
June 16, 2007
I hate this movie and Douglas Sirk with a passion. Melodrama isn't a genre! It's just a poor excuse to make shit.
johay4
April 28, 2007
Sirk dares us to look away, from the opening shot of the leaves that we see again in The Conformist and then Godfather II. Malone's last embrace of the oil derrick was as daring as it could get connecting lust, love , greed and desire for power all in one shot.
Riccardo T.
June 13, 2014
Really a horrible movie -- campy, but Sirk was serious! The acting is either over-the-top or just plain awful. Film critics who love this movie are just pretentious blowhards....there is nothing to see here. This is a portrait of America that never existed....really not authentic.
June 8, 2014
Soapy, melodramatic and perfectly camp, Written on the Wind is made memorable by it's strong supporting players and an active sense of self-irony.
lucy w.
January 27, 2014
Nobody does melodramas like Douglas Sirk. The vivid colors, the larger-than-life emotions and resolutions, the tormented characters... Dorothy Malone, in particular, is mesmerizing. A definitive 50's classic.
June 4, 2013
Melodrama de 1956 dirigido por Douglas Sirk. Un magnate petrolero, Kile (Robert Stack) y su mejor amigo, Mitch (Rock Hudson), se enamoran de la misma mujer (Lauren Bacall). El primero, alcohólico irresponsable, parace que el matrimonio lo he hecho un hombre nuevo, pero al enterarse que no puede tener hijos vuelve a la bebida. La hermana de Kile (que es interpretada por Dorothy Malone) está enamorada de Mitch, quien siempre la ha visto como una hermana. Y en esta trama amorosa la fatalidad llega cuando Kile se entera de que Mitch siempre ha amado a su esposa. Dorothy Malone ganó un Óscar por mejor actriz secundaria.
January 25, 2013
Awesome Douglas Sirk. Probably my favorite after All That Heaven Allows. Fairly simple story but told as beautifully and brilliantly as possible.
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