From the Terrace (1960)


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This adaptation of John O'Hara's From the Terrace stars Paul Newman as Alfred Eaton, an unhappily married financial adviser, while his real-life wife, Joanne Woodward, portrays Mary St. John, his promiscuous screen spouse. Mary's libertine behavior is a by-product of her husband's inability to express love and affection, a trait he has inherited from his cold-blooded father. Mark Robson directs and Myrna Loy heads up a large supporting cast as Newman's alcoholic mother. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Ernest Lehman
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 20, 2003


as David Alfred Eaton

as Mary St. John/Mrs. E...

as Martha Eaton

as Natalie Benzinger

as Samuel Eaton

as Sage Rimmington

as Clemmie

as Lex Porter

as Dr. Jim Roper

as MacHardie

as Fritz Thornton

as Mr. St. John

as Mr. Benziger

as Governess

as Mrs. St. John

as Mrs. Benziger

as Nellie

as Josephine

as Steve Rimmington

as Lady Sevringham

as Lord Sevringham

as Jones

as Jean Duggy

as Von Elm

as Newton Orchid

as Mrs. Pearson

as Mrs. Ripley

as Sage Rimmington
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Critic Reviews for From the Terrace

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

From The Terrace builds up to one big cliche.

Full Review… | June 17, 2008
Top Critic

Robson's film is still highly watchable, with Paul and Joanne pretending their marriage is on the rocks, and all sorts of machinations in the boardroom and the bedroom.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

This is a handsome picture, well-performed and emotionally intriguing as it describes the rise of a young business man and the corrosive dead-lock of his loveless marriage.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

A tolerable (if interminable) piece of mediocrity from 1960.

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

Just as disappointing as the other John O'Hara novel made into a movie that year, Butterfield 8 with Liz Taylor, but without that film's melodramatic juice, though Paul Newman is well cast as the ambitious, upwardly mobile man in moral crisis.

Full Review… | April 4, 2009

Another failed attempt to adapt one of John O'Hara's sprawling novels for the screen.

Full Review… | June 17, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for From the Terrace

Stick with "The Young Philadelphians"

Sean Gillespie

Super Reviewer


Overwrought Melodrama, But Great Score

If you love soap opera, you will find a lot to like here. But, to me, soap opera mainly means overcooked melodrama. To make it work means deploying a cast of carefully-crafted characters. But, this film has mostly standard-order characters.

There are lots of very good actors here. The director is the highly skilled Mark Robson. And, none other than Ernest Lehman is the screenwriter. But, if all that talent is in service to routine daytime-drama-level stuff, you can only go so far with it.

The actor, and character, who shines in this is Ina Balin, who had a pretty quiet career for the most part, but is unforgettable in this film.

The other highlight is Elmer Bernstein, whose score is much more beautiful than this movie deserves!

Paul Newman stars in another highly-watcable film about the decay underneath the gold-plated veneer of East Caost high society. Joanne Woodward shines as Newman's spoiled, vindictive wife.

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