Middle of the Night

1959, Drama, 1h 58m

2 Reviews 100+ Ratings

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Jerry Kingsley (Fredric March) is a wealthy garment manufacturer left lonely in his 60s when his wife dies. Despite the difference in their ages, he strikes up a romance with divorced 24-year-old receptionist Betty (Kim Novak). The relationship is dismissed by his daughter, Lillian (Joan Copeland), discouraged by his sister, Evelyn (Edith Meiser), and denounced by Betty's mother (Glenda Farrell) -- but when Jerry begins to mention marriage, even Betty is forced to confront her ambivalence.

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  • Jun 26, 2017
    Anything written by Paddy Chayefsky is worthy the attention of movie lovers. The only screenwriter to win three Oscars for scripts written by a sole writer, Chayefsky is a master at many things. One of those is his ability to focus on incongruous romances and deliver sharp observations. Middle of the Night is an honest portrayal of the proverbial May-December romance. The doubts, insecurities and manipulations are all there and director Delbert Mann visualizes it all to near perfection. Iconic actors Fredric March and Kim Novak have the difficult lead roles - especially Novak whose 24 year old character suffers from "emotional immaturity" issues as March's character calls it. At times she struggles with the material, but she still commands with an undeniable film presence.
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  • Feb 16, 2012
    Solid drama of older March falling for young insecure Kim. Both leads are excellent, Kim in her peak years and having just come off of Vertigo is a neurotic mess but it fits her part, and present their flawed but decent characters simply. The people in their lives are shown in dark tones perhaps a little heavily so perhaps to illustrated the disapproval of society to such a relationship in the 50's. It does lend a heavy tone to the film though since almost without exception they are a smothering and cruel bunch.
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