Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)
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as Chance Wayne
as Alexandra Del Lago
as Tom 'Boss' Finley
as Heavenly Finley
as Thomas J. Finley
as Aunt Nonnie
as Miss Lucy
as Dr. George Scudder
as Dan Hatcher
as Ben Jackson
as Mayor Henricks
as Mrs. Maribelle Norris
as Prof. Burtus H. Smith
as Sheriff Clark
as Benny Taubman
Critic Reviews for Sweet Bird of Youth
It's a glossy, engrossing hunk of motion picture entertainment, slickly produced by Berman.
Offers little indication of what made the original play interesting (especially in Elia Kazan's stage production), despite the fact that Paul Newman and Geraldine Page are called on to reprise their original roles.
Brooks' direction seems a little too stolid for all the sleazy, flaming passions. These are, however, given full measure by an excellent cast.
This cynical, coruscating drama has a strong look of being contrived, and Mr. Brooks' happy ending for it is implausible and absurd.
All of Williams's Southern Gothic themes are intermingled here: violence, familial conflict, sexual neurosis, the mentality of the mob. Most of it comes across as overheated nonsense.
Audience Reviews for Sweet Bird of Youth
Newman does Tennessee Williams very well and he does tremendously well in Sweet Bird of Youth. He is the ultimate hustler who meets obstacles that he can't overcome. Brilliant.
Sweet Bird of Youth is structured like a resurrection tale. Chance Wayne is thrown into all types of abasement, dragged this way and that, beaten to a bloody pulpy (figuratively, of course), and finally rises from the ashes, a new man.
Very underrated and a great story about vanity and the drawbacks of Hollywood. Paul Newman delivers his usual knockout performance, creating a very lovable and fun character that is also very realistic and heart felt. There's also a lot of other great performances thrown in, including Rip Torn as a deranged redneck out for blood. The story is so well put together by the greatest playwright to ever live, Tennessee Williams. I think the love story is so well done and put together in such a tragic way that the end result nearly drains you. The movie itself is really well put together and has some really beautiful sets and shots.
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