Desire Under the Elms (1958) - Rotten Tomatoes

Desire Under the Elms (1958)





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Based on the play by Eugene O'Neill, this film concerns a 19th-century New England farmer (Burl Ives) who makes a deal with a beautiful young immigrant (Sophia Loren) and marries her. The woman instead seduces his son (Anthony Perkins).

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Sophia Loren
as Anna Cabot
Anthony Perkins
as Eben Cabot
Burl Ives
as Ephraim Cabot
Frank Overton
as Simeon Cabot
Pernell Roberts
as Peter Cabot
Jean Willes
as Florence
Anne Seymour
as Eben's Mother
Roy Fant
as Fiddler
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Overwrought is too mild a word for this lulu of a gothic melodrama. Of course being a Eugene O'Neill story the epic tragedy is no surprise but it is turned out in purple prose and declamatory acting. Sophia looks beautiful and is full of ripe sensuality. Burl Ives is made up to look older than his years but just looks foolish and Anthony Perkins keeps his twitchy intensity mostly under control but the film is just short of operatic overstatement which make it hard to take. Add into that the obviously fake settings and the whole thing is too much.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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Perkins gives a great performance in this movie of forbidden love, the story is really dramatic, suspenseful, and surprising. I really liked it.

Aj V
Aj V

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