Gentleman's Agreement 1947

Gentleman's Agreement

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It occasionally fails to live up to its subject matter -- and is perhaps an 'important' film more than a 'great' one -- but the performances from Gregory Peck and Dorothy McGuire are superb.

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When journalist Phil Green (Gregory Peck) moves to New York City, he takes on a high-profile magazine assignment about anti-Semitism. In order to truly view things from an empathetic perspective, he pretends to be a Jew and begins to experience many forms of bigotry, both firsthand and through a Jewish friend, Dave Goldman (John Garfield). Phil soon falls in love with beautiful Kathy Lacy (Dorothy McGuire), but their relationship is complicated by his unusual endeavor.

Cast

Gregory Peck
as Phil Green
Dorothy McGuire
as Kathy Lacey
John Garfield
as Dave Goldman
Celeste Holm
as Anne Dettrey
Anne Revere
as Mrs. Green
June Havoc
as Elaine Wales
Albert Dekker
as John Minify
Jane Wyatt
as Jane Lacey
Dean Stockwell
as Tommy Green
Nicholas Joy
as Dr. Craigie
Sam Jaffe
as Prof. Lieberman
Harold Vermilyea
as Lou Jordan
Ransom Sherman
as Bill Payson
Roy Roberts
as Mr. Calkins
Kathleen Lockhart
as Mrs. Minify
Curt Conway
as Bert McAnny
Louise Lorimer
as Miss Miller
Marilyn Monk
as Receptionist
Wilton Graff
as Maitre d'
Mauritz Hugo
as Columnist
Gene Nelson
as 2nd Ex-G.I
Robert Karnes
as 1st Ex-GI in restaurant
Jesse White
as Elevator Starter
Olive Carey
as 1st woman
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Critic Reviews for Gentleman's Agreement

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (11)

Audience Reviews for Gentleman's Agreement

  • Mar 15, 2014
    Well made. Peck is at his best here, and the writing and direction are excellent. The ideas presented are timeless and crucial. When we do nothing we are making a choice, often a negative one.
    Morris N Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2013
    We have Peck playing someone who is wronged (as opposed to helping someone who is wronged). Unlike his later portrayal of Atticus Finch, Peck doesn't really deliver in this film raising awareness of anti-Semitism. At times it is a bit paint-by-numbers.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • May 31, 2013
    A newspaperman lies and tells his co-workers that he's Jewish in order to experience prejudice. A strong performance by Gregory Peck is the main attraction to this film. That sonorous voice, his unflinching gaze, and his imperious demeanor make him the type of person who exudes integrity, and when he plays characters like Phil or Atticus Finch, actor and character become one. The film is reductive in its treatment of race/prejudice. I don't think one can truly understand prejudice by "playing Jewish." Yes, one can come close, and one can feel discriminated against in a cursory way, but I imagine that prejudice cuts deeper if one has a bone-deep connection with the discriminated against. Of course, I can't be sure. Also, the ending seemed ham-handed and maudlin, and I didn't think that what happened reflects what these people really would have done. Overall, Gregory Peck is always compelling even in films that aren't.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2011
    Very serious piece about silent prejudice, where the usual hallmarks of bigotry are hidden under a polished but greasy veneer of smiling good manners. Ahead of its time by decades at least, the crux of the tale interestingly happens inside of a blossoming love affair between two we-know-better-than-that cosmopolitans, ably delivered by Peck and (very underrated but nuanced and shining) Dorothy McQuire.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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