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In this film, Calvero saves young Terry from killing herself. Calvero asks the girl why she is so determined to kill herself. The girl explains that she has always dreamed of becoming a great dancer, but her legs are paralyzed. Calvero vows to raise enough money to help the girl.


Claire Bloom
as Terry, a Ballet Dancer
Nigel Bruce
as Postant, an Impressario
Andre Eglevsky
as Harlequin
Melissa Hayden
as Columbine
Norman Lloyd
as Stage Manager
Buster Keaton
as Piano Accompanist
Marjorie Bennett
as Mrs. Alsop, Landlady
Geraldine Chaplin
as Street Urchin
Michael Chaplin
as Street Urchin
Josephine Chaplin
as Street Urchin
'Snub' Pollard
as Street Musician
Victoria Chaplin
as Child in opening scene (uncredited)
Maurice Marks
as Stage Hand
Julian Ludwig
as Street musician
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Critic Reviews for Limelight

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (1)

  • What comes through most clearly in Limelight, however, is that Chaplin had come to terms with his life.

    Aug 8, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Intended as a tragicomedy, if not a tearjerker, it is a two-thirds bore that comes to life in the last half-hour or so, when the old-master clown stops trying to be pathetic and reverts to his inimitable proper stuff.

    Aug 8, 2011 | Full Review…
    TIME Magazine
    Top Critic
  • Departing from most forms of Hollywood stereotype, the film has a flavor all its own in the sincere quality of the story anent the onetime great vaudemime and his rescue of a femme ballet student.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Top Critic
  • Neither comedy nor tragedy altogether, it is a brilliant weaving of comic and tragic strands, eloquent, tearful and beguiling with supreme virtuosity.

    Mar 25, 2006 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Few cinema artists have delved into their own lives and emotions with such ruthlessness and with such moving results.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Charles Chaplin's 1952 film is overlong, visually flat, episodically constructed, and a masterpiece.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Limelight

  • Mar 21, 2013
    A deeply heartfelt story that doesn't need too much effort to make us feel for and care about the genuine connection that grows between the two central characters. Besides, it is more than a pleasure to see Chaplin and Buster Keaton sharing the final act together.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 14, 2011
    While being Chaplin's least funny film, the tearjerker affect is an interesting take for Chaplin. Being known for changing a genre single handed and then changing your style last minute is one of the riskiest things a film maker could do. Personally, I believe that Chaplin's change in character was a brilliant transition. Almost as if he took his most famous character "The Tramp" and changed his name. He always was one of the most talented actors in the business, but he never got a moment to show it. It's a masterpiece, and could easily be called Charlie's "Citizen Kane". But it's not an easy film. Boring at times, and it has a tendency to drag on. Not the most original film either, and even as the metaphor that it is, it does not show the cleverness or uniqueness that we are used to. But this is a brilliant film. Perhaps one of the best. Chaplin knew his cinema, and he always knew the right moments to make someone laugh. Or in this case, cry.
    Bryce I Super Reviewer
  • Sep 01, 2011
    Even though I believe he ended up making a few more movies after this, 'Limelight' is clearly Charlie Chaplin's swan song. It could be called just as good as anything else he directed.
    Dillon L Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    An interesting late Chaplin film, the highlight of Limelight for me was the scene with Keaton, other than that I found the movie pretty boring, but if you're a fan of his you should check this movie out.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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