Magnificent Obsession


Magnificent Obsession

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In this film version of Lloyd C. Douglas' spiritual novel, Rock Hudson plays a reckless playboy who is indirectly responsible for the death of a kindly doctor. The dead man's wife, Jane Wyman, refuses to accept Hudson's apologies. When Wyman is blinded, Hudson decides to "do right" by her anonymously.

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Rock Hudson
as Bob Merrick
Jane Wyman
as Helen Phillips
Barbara Rush
as Joyce Phillips
Agnes Moorehead
as Nancy Ashford
Otto Kruger
as Rudolph
Gregg Palmer
as Tom Masterson
Sara Shane
as Valerie
Paul Cavanagh
as Dr. Giraud
George Lynn
as Williams
Richard Cutting
as Dr. Dodge
Will J. White
as Sgt. Ames
Helen Kleeb
as Mrs. Eden
Fred Nurney
as Dr. Laradetti
John Mylong
as Dr. Hofer
Jack Kelly
as First Mechanic
Lisa Gaye
as Switchboard Girl
Lance Fuller
as Customer
Brad Johnson
as Customer
Myrna Hansen
as Customer
Mae Clarke
as Mrs. Miller
Kathleen O'Malley
as Switchboard Girl
Lee Roberts
as Second Mechanic
Robert B. Williams
as Sgt. Burnham
Gail Bonney
as Phyllis
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Critic Reviews for Magnificent Obsession

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Audience Reviews for Magnificent Obsession

  • Dec 11, 2013
    Sirk was an expert at the melodramatic and I had the wonderful opportunity to see this on the big screen. There is cheesiness in some parts but it is sweeping in its camera angles and its charms.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 05, 2009
    This is a wonderful movie of the fifties, with a cast of stars that in today?s film world would be unheard off. The budget to get these stars together today would make anyone faint. Rock Hudson, Jane Wyman, and Agnes Moorehead. I grew up thinking Agnes Moorehead was a witches mother and she looked like one on Bewitched. But in this movie as in others from the fifties she proved to be a glorious actress. Rock Hudson plays the part of a young Millionaire with not a care in the world till his life is save at the expense of another?s. He then falls in love with the wife of the man who dies, and the only way to win her is losing his spoiled ways and obtaining a Magnificent Obsession. How can any film the Rock appear in be awarded anything less the 4 stars.
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2009
    Expressive colours, Incredible emotions, dramatic twists. Not only is this film just beautifully shot but running through all this glamor is (biting?) social commentary. Plus Jane Wyman is one of the few people that really are cute and a button and Agnes Moorehead brings he engrossing presence too.
    Patrick D Super Reviewer
  • Jan 24, 2009
    I wouldn't call Magnificent Obsession Douglas Sirk's best movie but it's still good. Like any other Sirk movie, it's pungent with melodrama and you'll often ask yourself if people really talk like this, even in the 50s. But the exaggerated imagery (again, like any other Sirk movie) is so gorgeous you find its shortcomings easy to forgive.
    Michael G Super Reviewer

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