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Toys in the Attic Reviews

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September 3, 2016
So first off, this is not a four star quality of film, but it is has a four quality entertainment value if you're into high camp. In this overwrought melodrama from a Lillian Hellman play has fast talking Dead Martin returning to his family home in New Orleans with his new bride, the gorgeous Yvette Mimieux, to be with his two sprinter sisters, Gene Tierney and Geraldine Page. There's greed, jealousy, incest and all sorts of over-the-top theatrics that are just absolutely unintentionally delicious! Fine director George Roy Hill is the man behind this entertaining debacle.
½ March 14, 2016
Melodramatic depiction, predictable ending, plot not well developed to really be interested in this story.
Super Reviewer
January 11, 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.
½ July 4, 2013
Oh how I love this New Orleans classic.
March 30, 2013
An excellent adaptation that shows none of the signs of staginess that has plagued other film adaptations (see The Subject was Roses, for example).
½ December 29, 2012
Southern melodrama lays it on a bit thick. I kept waiting for Big Daddy to jump out of the closet and yell, "Stella!" Interesting to see Dino in a dramatic role.
½ November 18, 2012
Outstanding performances by Wendy Hiller and Geraldine Page in a "repressed sister-on-brother incest" melodrama from the southern gothic school. In addition, Gene Tierney gives a nicely judged performance (her last movie role, I believe) as Yvette Mimieux' elegant and scandalous momma (her black chauffeur is her implied lover). Dean Martin gives it the ol' college try in a role better suited to Tony Perkins or Laurence Harvey, but he looks purty uncomfortable as the whiny anti-hero of his sister's dreams .
½ September 25, 2011
Geraldine Page plays her typical, whiny, slightly mad character and Dean Martin was so miscast as the ne'er-do-well brother that he stands out like a sore thumb (plus he didnt even try a southern accent.) You just can't hate Dino tho.
Super Reviewer
September 23, 2011
Definitely a "worth see."
Super Reviewer
½ September 20, 2011
Pam's Quick-takes - Just A Quickie

Toys In The Attic, a euphemisms for insanity, was written by Lillian Hellman, the screenwriter who brought us The Little Foxes.

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 should 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.
September 19, 2011
recommended by littlemissbloodandguts.....
June 19, 2011
High melodrama with a great cast. Picture quality on the MGM burn-on-demand is really good.
April 22, 2010
A good Melodrama with Dean Martin, Geraldine Page and Wendy Hiller
March 9, 2010
'We don't break a solemn oath in church!' Okay jealous, clingy, and mad sister...
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