Forever Amber (1947)

Forever Amber




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They said it couldn't be done, but they did it: Kathleen Winsor's "notorious", bestselling bodice-ripper Forever Amber actually made it to the screen in 1947 with full censorial approval. Of course, it was necessary to tone down the more erotic passages of Winsor's novel, but the end result pleased fans of the book and bluenosed nonfans alike. A last-minute replacement for British import Peggy Cummins, Linda Darnell steps into the role of 17th century blonde bed-hopper Amber as though she'd been … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Jerome Cady, Ring Lardner, Jerry Cady, Philip Dunne, Ring Lardner Jr.
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 5, 1994
20th Century Fox Film Corporat

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Critic Reviews for Forever Amber

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

Here is a $4 million (and claimed to be more) picture that looks its cost.

Full Review… | October 23, 2007
Top Critic

The film runs for two hours and twenty minutes, which is just about an hour too long considering its repetitious nature and the fact that it is pretty trashy stuff.

Full Review… | January 28, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Preminger's direction lacks the sophisticated lightness of touch that Mitchell Leisen brought to the in some ways similar Kitty.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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It's a lush Fox production, photographed in Technicolor by the great Leon Shamroy and directed by a wholly uninterested Otto Preminger.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Preminger's lavish production of the erotic historical novel is artistically one of his weakest films, but also one of his biggest commercial hits.

Full Review… | July 9, 2012

Disappointing adaptation of Kathleen Winsor's lurid best-seller novel.

Full Review… | January 19, 2008
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Audience Reviews for Forever Amber


A very well done period piece starring the beautiful Linda Darnell.

Mason Williams

Super Reviewer


Linda is ravishing and the costumes are incredibly sumptous, they had to cut the guts out of the novel but on its own terms a fun ride.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

"It's a lush Fox production, photographed in Technicolor by the great Leon Shamroy and directed by a wholly uninterested Otto Preminger."

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