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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.

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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 (30) | Top Critics (7)

  • 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

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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Limelight is an incredibly beautiful, incredibly sad and at points incredibly funny movie. The cinematography is outstanding and the set design (namely during the Columbine sequence) was beautiful. Speaking of beautiful, Claire Bloom has never looked more lovely. Charles Chaplin's turn as Calvero is poignant and touching, almost as much as his script. Limelight is an all around great movie but the scene with Chaplin and Buster Keaton steals the show. The story starts bottoming out a little into the second hour but still a great movie. Proof that Chaplin was just as good after he started talking in his movies...

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer


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
Aj V

Super Reviewer

bittersweet reflection on Chaplin's own career. full of his characteristic bonhomie and tenderness. Buster Keaton's appearance marked the first and only time the two greatest comedians of the twentieth century were in the same film.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

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