The Young Philadelphians Reviews

  • May 03, 2019

    The best courtroom movie ever made!

    The best courtroom movie ever made!

  • Oct 26, 2016

    The Young Philadelphians is an amazing film. It is about young lawyer Anthony Lawrence who faces several ethical and emotional dilemmas as he climbs the Philadelphia social ladder. Paul Newman and Babara Rush give fantastic performances. The screenplay is well written. Vincent Sherman did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the drama. The Young Philadelphians is a must see.

    The Young Philadelphians is an amazing film. It is about young lawyer Anthony Lawrence who faces several ethical and emotional dilemmas as he climbs the Philadelphia social ladder. Paul Newman and Babara Rush give fantastic performances. The screenplay is well written. Vincent Sherman did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the drama. The Young Philadelphians is a must see.

  • Jan 29, 2016

    Melodramatic, yet interesting to see Philadelphia's social aspect back in the day. The courtroom scene was good.

    Melodramatic, yet interesting to see Philadelphia's social aspect back in the day. The courtroom scene was good.

  • Sep 06, 2015

    Interesting, and ultimately quite gripping, drama. A young lawyer, Tony Lawrence (played by Paul Newman), embarks on a successful legal career in Philadelphia. He steadily climbs the social and corporate ladder, though with much personal baggage and bitterness. It's the last few scenes of this movie that make it so good. It was fine, but not fantastic, before. We see Paul Newman's character's trials, tribulations and success. It is interesting, but not overly engaging. However, the engagement factor is ratcheted up several notches toward the end, when he defends his friend in court. The story changes from a fairly standard drama to a very intriguing courtroom drama. Solid work by Paul Newman in the lead role. Good support from Robert Vaughn, Barbara Rush, Brian Keith and a host of others. Vaughn got a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his efforts, the only Oscar nomination in his career.

    Interesting, and ultimately quite gripping, drama. A young lawyer, Tony Lawrence (played by Paul Newman), embarks on a successful legal career in Philadelphia. He steadily climbs the social and corporate ladder, though with much personal baggage and bitterness. It's the last few scenes of this movie that make it so good. It was fine, but not fantastic, before. We see Paul Newman's character's trials, tribulations and success. It is interesting, but not overly engaging. However, the engagement factor is ratcheted up several notches toward the end, when he defends his friend in court. The story changes from a fairly standard drama to a very intriguing courtroom drama. Solid work by Paul Newman in the lead role. Good support from Robert Vaughn, Barbara Rush, Brian Keith and a host of others. Vaughn got a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his efforts, the only Oscar nomination in his career.

  • Dec 13, 2014

    Newman looks so much like Brando here, lovely :)

    Newman looks so much like Brando here, lovely :)

  • Aug 12, 2014

    gr8 yet another lost review

    gr8 yet another lost review

  • Nov 26, 2013

    Terrific performances, strong film about people who push social status over personal connections and honest happiness.

    Terrific performances, strong film about people who push social status over personal connections and honest happiness.

  • May 01, 2013

    How do you want to handle this, pleasant or unpleasant? Anthon Lawrence falls in love as an upstart lawyer but is offered two paths: 1) marry the love of his life and live an uncertain future, or 2) finish school, start at his lover's father's firm, and then marry the love of his life. He chooses option two which sets off a chain of events that leads to success and the loss of his love. As Lawrence climbs the corporate latter, will he regret the decision he made as a youth? "Shall we bury the hatchet?" "Fine, sir. As long as it is not in each other." Vincent Sherman, director of Mr. Skeffington, Adventures of Don Juan, The Hasty Heart, The Last Hurrah, A Fever in Blood, Young Rebel, and Saturday's Children, delivers The Young Philadelphians. The storyline for this picture is very intricate and well written. I loved the script and the acting is remarkable. The cast includes Paul Newman, Barbara Rush, Alexis Smith, John Williams, and Brian Keith. "Make him marry you." "How?" "The way women have been making men marry them since the stone age." I am a huge Paul Newman fan and had to DVR this picture when I saw it coming on Turner Classic Movies (TCM). I will say his performance was perfect and the overall story and sub plots were dynamic and very interesting. I strongly recommend seeing this picture if you're a fan of the classics. This film is very underrated. "I was carefully educated to be an idiot." Grade: A

    How do you want to handle this, pleasant or unpleasant? Anthon Lawrence falls in love as an upstart lawyer but is offered two paths: 1) marry the love of his life and live an uncertain future, or 2) finish school, start at his lover's father's firm, and then marry the love of his life. He chooses option two which sets off a chain of events that leads to success and the loss of his love. As Lawrence climbs the corporate latter, will he regret the decision he made as a youth? "Shall we bury the hatchet?" "Fine, sir. As long as it is not in each other." Vincent Sherman, director of Mr. Skeffington, Adventures of Don Juan, The Hasty Heart, The Last Hurrah, A Fever in Blood, Young Rebel, and Saturday's Children, delivers The Young Philadelphians. The storyline for this picture is very intricate and well written. I loved the script and the acting is remarkable. The cast includes Paul Newman, Barbara Rush, Alexis Smith, John Williams, and Brian Keith. "Make him marry you." "How?" "The way women have been making men marry them since the stone age." I am a huge Paul Newman fan and had to DVR this picture when I saw it coming on Turner Classic Movies (TCM). I will say his performance was perfect and the overall story and sub plots were dynamic and very interesting. I strongly recommend seeing this picture if you're a fan of the classics. This film is very underrated. "I was carefully educated to be an idiot." Grade: A

  • Jan 06, 2013

    The Young Philadelphians (1959) -- [5.5] -- Paul Newman stars as a lawyer who rises to power through the manipulations of his mother and other socialites. He finally finds his own voice and something worth standing for when an old friend is put on trial for a murder he didn't commit. Newman is always charismatic, but his character here lacks a strong internal mechanism to move the story forward (at least until the final act). Tabloid elements litter the script (based on Richard Powell's novel), keeping believability at arm's length. The best parts of the movie were a light-hearted subplot involving a goofy millionairess played by Billy Burke, never put to better use since "The Wizard of Oz," and a third act confrontation between Newman and his unrequited love, played by Alexis Smith. Robert Vaughn was Oscar-nominated for his supporting turn as the wrongly accused, alcoholic, wounded war veteran (how's that for Oscar bait?) The cinematography and costumes were also nominated.

    The Young Philadelphians (1959) -- [5.5] -- Paul Newman stars as a lawyer who rises to power through the manipulations of his mother and other socialites. He finally finds his own voice and something worth standing for when an old friend is put on trial for a murder he didn't commit. Newman is always charismatic, but his character here lacks a strong internal mechanism to move the story forward (at least until the final act). Tabloid elements litter the script (based on Richard Powell's novel), keeping believability at arm's length. The best parts of the movie were a light-hearted subplot involving a goofy millionairess played by Billy Burke, never put to better use since "The Wizard of Oz," and a third act confrontation between Newman and his unrequited love, played by Alexis Smith. Robert Vaughn was Oscar-nominated for his supporting turn as the wrongly accused, alcoholic, wounded war veteran (how's that for Oscar bait?) The cinematography and costumes were also nominated.

  • Dec 10, 2012

    A great soap opera love story, starring Paul Newman as the young lawyer trying to make good, with Barbara Rush as his love interest. Robert Vaughn gives a memorable hammy performance as the troubled friend. With Diane Brewster, Brian Keith, Alexis Smith, John Williams, Billie Burke and Richard Deacon. Good courtroom scene at the end with a plot twist; an inspiring, entertaining and compelling story.

    A great soap opera love story, starring Paul Newman as the young lawyer trying to make good, with Barbara Rush as his love interest. Robert Vaughn gives a memorable hammy performance as the troubled friend. With Diane Brewster, Brian Keith, Alexis Smith, John Williams, Billie Burke and Richard Deacon. Good courtroom scene at the end with a plot twist; an inspiring, entertaining and compelling story.