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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

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Paul Newman
as David Alfred Eaton
Joanne Woodward
as Mary St. John/Mrs. Eaton
Myrna Loy
as Martha Eaton
Ina Balin
as Natalie Benzinger
Leon Ames
as Samuel Eaton
Elizabeth Allen (I)
as Sage Rimmington
Barbara Eden
as Clemmie
George Grizzard
as Lex Porter
Patrick O'Neal
as Dr. Jim Roper
Felix Aylmer
as MacHardie
Raymond Greenleaf
as Fritz Thornton
Raymond Bailey
as Mr. St. John
Ted de Corsia
as Mr. Benziger
Mae Marsh
as Governess
Kathryn Givney
as Mrs. St. John
Dorothy Adams
as Mrs. Benziger
Cecil Elliott
as Josephine
Rory Harrity
as Steve Rimmington
Ottola Nesmith
as Lady Sevringham
Clive L. Halliday
as Lord Sevringham
Felippa Rock
as Jean Duggy
Bill Quinn
as Von Elm
John Harding
as Newton Orchid
Sally Winn
as Mrs. Pearson
Elektra Rozanska
as Mrs. Ripley
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Critic Reviews for From the Terrace

All Critics (10) | 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

Satisfying in many regards, this handsome soaper is nevertheless undermined by a script (by Ernest Lehman, no less) that doesn't flow as much as stumble forward.

Full Review… | January 30, 2016
Creative Loafing

Middling soap opera.

Full Review… | December 31, 2015
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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!

John Miller
John Miller

You're not big enough to walk in my shadow and you never will be. David 'Alfred' Eaton returns home from the military to discover that his mom is an alcoholic and his father, who is a successful businessman, has driven her into the arms of another by his ambitions. Alfred sweeps in, beats up his mom's lover, and swears to never become like his father. To prove himself, he sets a goal to make $5 million by 40 and heads for New York with his new sweet heart. They marry, he gets accepted into a firm, and he starts his rise to power; the problem, to accomplish his goal, he may become a little more like his father than he anticipated. "I needed love wherever I could find it." "Love? You're a pig." Mark Robson, director of Valley of the Dolls, Earthquake, Von Ryan's Express, Peyton Place, Trial, Hell Below Zero, The Ghost Ship (1943), Bedlam, and Isle of the Dead, delivers From the Terrace. The storyline for this picture is magnificent and reminded me of A Long Hot Summer. The characters are very dynamic and the story unfolds perfectly. The acting is perfect and the cast includes Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Patrick O'Neal, Myrna Loy, Leon Ames, and Barbara Eden. "Why don't you leave before I pull you out of that cab and bust your nose for you?" I grabbed this movie off Netflix because it stars one of my all time favorites, Paul Newman. The main character was perfect for his demeanor and the script was very well written. The dynamic between Woodward and Newman was perfect and the overall execution of the film was better than I anticipated. I strongly recommend seeing this all time classic. "You can get more flies with molasses than you can with vinegar." Grade: A-

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

Stick with "The Young Philadelphians"

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Sean Gillespie

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