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When beautiful young Carrie Meeber (Jennifer Jones) travels from her small hometown to Chicago in the 1890s, she meets well-off traveling salesman Charles Drouet (Eddie Albert) on the train. When she loses her job in a sweatshop, she reconnects with the smitten Drouet and, scandalously, becomes his mistress. When Drouet's friend George Hurstwood (Laurence Olivier) falls in love with her, complications ensue. William Wyler directs this adaptation of Theodore Dreiser's novel "Sister Carrie."

Cast & Crew

Jennifer Jones
Carrie Meeber
Laurence Olivier
George Hurstwood
Eddie Albert
Charles Drouet
Miriam Hopkins
Julie Hurstwood
Basil Ruysdael
Mr. Fitzgerald
Sara Berner
Mrs. Oransky
William Reynolds
George Hurstwood, Jr.
Mary Murphy
Jessica Hurstwood
Dorothy Adams
Mrs. Meeber
Jacqueline deWit
Carrie's Sister Minnie
Don Beddoe
Mr. Goodman
Royal Dano
Captain (uncredited)
Ben Astar
Louis the Headwaiter (uncredited)
Ruth Goetz
Screenwriter
Augustus Goetz
Screenwriter
Lester Koenig
Associate Producer
Victor Milner
Cinematographer
Robert Swink
Film Editor
David Raksin
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Critic Reviews for Carrie

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  • Sep 05, 2010
    This movie is a depressing, sad, and probably very realistic drama. If you like that, you'll like this movie, but I found it really boring.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Nov 13, 2009
    Fine version of Dreiser's story considering the period when it was made. Wyler's assured direction is a big plus. Jones' fussy nervous performance is a drawback although she improves towards the end of the film. She's overpowered however whenever Laurence Olivier is on the screen giving a masterful portrayal of a man slowly disintergrating. Miriam Hopkins is also very fine as a cruel and vindictive wronged wife.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Jan 19, 2008
    "carrie" is adapted from classic realism satirist theodore dreiser's "sister carrie" which parodies the metropolitan alienation on uptowners, and the essence of the novel is about the futility of dreams among a bunch of soulessly philistines without spiritual substance, estray in the immense sphere abound with materialistic inquisitions. but somehow the movie production transmutes into a dirge of a romantic steer with the veil of overflowing sentimentality which invetibly leads to melodramaticity. it transforms into a showcast vehicle for laurence olivier as dashing middle-aged man suffering from a suffocating marriage to a cruel uncaring woman, then he seeks solace from a burgeoning fair carrie as the love of his life. depraved by his obnoxious wife's confinement, he commits thievery to elope with carrie by deceiving carrie into the train with false excuse. but the script grants abundant mercy to the olivier's hurstwood who is merely compelled by the relentless opressions of a frigid woman. and later hurstwood degenerates into street bum, but his torch for carrie remains flamy, at last he condescends himself into panhandling from carrie for a meal. but he rejects her further charity to embrace him back into her luxurious patronship. it totally neglects the core spirit of the novel and its severe philosophy of life's crude grimness which rots everyone, carrie for vanity and desire, hurstwood for cracked pride...etc. the movie interpretation is naive beautification to smoothen it into a tragic romance, hurstwood becomes a noble gentleman distressed in ill fate, and carrie is a simplistic ingenue with pious faith in love. in the novel, carrie is complicated with peacockish naivety and knee opportunitism which guide her into being a dishonorable mistress trading herself for the extravagenza. hurstwood under dreiser's pen is a duplicious liar who methodically guiles carrie with the complacency to flatter himself with the affair of a young lad, and he cannot take defeats well so he shuns away from frustraction with no backbone, a complete loser demised without name, title, not even a bit concern from carrie. hollywood is alsways inclined to capsulate literature with sugary romanticism despite the grittiness in the original work, same with "a place in the sun" which is dreiser's another masterpiece sweetened by the studio that transpires into another tear-jerking melodrama. only olivier's performance is worthy of praises for his dignified suaveness, but the whole flick is literarily written for him, isn't it?
    Veronique K Super Reviewer
  • Aug 24, 2005
    [font=Century Gothic]"Carrie"(1952) is based on the novel "Sister Carrie" by Theodore Dreiser. It starts at the turn of the century as Carrie(Jennifer Jones) is leaving Columbia City, Missouri to make it big in Chicago. But the only work that Carrie can find is working long hours in a sweat shop making shoes. After she is fired because of an industrial accident, she goes in tears to Charles Drouet(Eddie Albert) looking for work.(Drouet is a successful salesman who she met on the train from Missouri. But to be honest he's quite a cad.) Carrie agrees to dine with Drouet at a swanky restaurant where she catches the eye of the respected manager, George Hurstwood(Laurence Olivier).[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Carrie" is a very poignant movie but never sappy. It is extremely well-acted, especially by Olivier playing one of his most complex characters. This movie is surprisingly mature for the time it was made. It concerns itself with sexism, gender relations and working conditions. Actually, it does come very close to social realism in places. Plus, for a movie set in the past, it is not in the least nostalgiac. The movie's only faults is that it is unrelenting and the ending is not that believable.[/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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