Toys in the Attic

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Black sheep Julian Berniers (Dean Martin) returns home -- along with wife Lily (Yvette Mimieux) -- to his two sisters in New Orleans. Julian's shoe factory in Illinois has gone bankrupt, but he tells them he saved enough money to be comfortable. Julian's sister, Carrie (Geraldine Page), nurses a borderline incestuous affection for Julian and dislikes Lily. When Carrie overhears Julian revealing his money was swindled from Cyrus Warkins (Larry Gates), she convinces naive Lily to betray Julian.

Cast & Crew

Dean Martin
Julian Berniers
Geraldine Page
Carrie Berniers
Yvette Mimieux
Lily Prine Berniers
Wendy Hiller
Anna Berniers
Gene Tierney
Albertine Prine
Nan Martin
Charlotte Warkins
Larry Gates
Cyrus Warkins
Frank Silvera
Henry Simpson
George Duning
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Joseph F. Biroc
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Critic Reviews for Toys in the Attic

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  • Hellman speaks her mind brilliantly but opens her heart rarely. When the moment requires feeling, she too often offers irony; when the theme invites tragedy, she resorts to melodrama.

    July 22, 2013 | Full Review…
    TIME Magazine
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  • Toys in the Attic is a somewhat watered-down version of Lillian Hellman's play, but enough of the original emotional savagery has been retained to satisfy those who prefer their melodramatic meat raw and chewy.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

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  • Somebody out there in Hollywood has made even more of a wreck of Lillian Hellman's Toys in the Attic than was made of it on the stage. I would say the responsible party is the director, George Roy Hill.

    May 9, 2005 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Page was brilliant and Hiller, in a less showy role, was excellent.

    July 22, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Dean Martin is miscast in this adaptation of Lillian Hellman's stage play, directed by the young George Roy Hill.

    March 8, 2013 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Toys in the Attic

  • Jan 05, 2014
    Heavy dramatics and a suffocating atmosphere make this a challenge at times. What it has to balance out all the weighty goings on is acting of the highest order. Martin, Yvette Mimieux and Gene Tierney all contribute excellent work but the real fireworks is between Geraldine Page and Wendy Hiller as Dean's sisters. While Gerry Page has the showier role it's Wendy Hiller who gives the film's best performance.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Sep 23, 2011
    Definitely a "worth see."
    Teresa S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 18, 2011
    <B>Pam's Quick-takes - Just A Quickie</B> <I>Toys In The Attic</I>, a euphemisms for insanity, was written by Lillian Hellman, the screenwriter who brought us <I>The Little Foxes</I>. Lacking the some of the subtlety and thus the dreadful tedium of Tennessee Williams's work, this duplication of his style is a delightfully to-the-point, steamy pot-boiler of a southern tragedy, with some satisfyingly sharp, memorable dialog. Not afraid to go down the line and let something juicy transpire, I found it good fun, with an enjoyably creepy ending. Incestuous desire, shady business deals, jealousy, shocking violence and a dark salacious storyline that's just short of sensational. make it everything a Tennessee Williams play <I>should</I> be. I thought Dean Martin was very good and credible in his role, but I agree with one reviewer at imdb who suggested that George Hamilton wold have been better cast. Hamilton's skill at playing shady, villainous sleaze-balls would have been well-placed here, however Martin's good natured manner is better suited to the lead's reconciliatory demeanor.
    Pamela D Super Reviewer

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