Written on the Wind (1957)




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Written on the Wind is an excellent melodrama about a Texas oil family who drive themselves to ruin through lust and greed. Robert Stack plays a playboy heir to the oil dynasty who falls in love with Lauren Bacall, a beautiful gold-digger. Rock Hudson falls in love with Stack's nymphomaniac sister Dorothy Malone. The two relationships wreak havoc on the oil dynasty, resulting in a highly entertaining soap-opera kind of a movie.
Classics , Comedy , Drama
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Rock Hudson
as Mitch Wayne
Lauren Bacall
as Lucy Moore Hadley
Robert Stack
as Kyle Hadley
Dorothy Malone
as Marylee Hadley
Robert Keith
as Jasper Hadley
Grant Williams
as Biff Miley
Robert J. Wilke
as Dan Willis
Bob Wilke
as Dan Willis
Edward Platt
as Dr. Paul Cochrane
Harry Shannon
as Hoak Wayne
John Larch
as Roy Carter
Joseph Granby
as R.J. Courtney
Maide Norman
as Bertha
Dani Crayne
as Blonde
Dorothy Porter
as Secretary
Cynthia Patrick
as Waitress
Carl Christian
as Bartender
Gail Bonney
as Hotel Floorlady
Paul Bradley
as Maitre d'
Robert Brubaker
as Hotel Manager
Bert Holland
as Court Clerk
Don C. Harvey
as Taxi Starter
Robert Malcolm Young
as Hotel Proprietor
Robert Lyden
as Kyle as a Boy
Robert Wilson
as Mitch as a Boy
Susan Odin
as Marylee as a Girl
Kevin Corcoran
as Boy in Drugstore
Floyd Simmons
as Beer Drinker
Robert Winans
as Mitch as a Boy
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Critic Reviews for Written on the Wind

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (1)

In countless ways visible and invisible, Sirk's sly subversion skewed American popular culture, and helped launch a new age of irony.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A continuous aria of need, despair, self-loathing. It says 'Money can't buy you happiness' in 72-point all-caps Futura Bold.

Full Review… | July 7, 2010

It has far more strengths than weaknesses, but I can't put it close to his twin masterpieces All That Heaven Allows and Imitation of Life.

Full Review… | May 4, 2010
Film and Felt

A spellbinding twisty story teeming with sexual frustration and whatnot.

Full Review… | January 20, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Big screen sudser with Hudson and Bacall leading the tears.

December 23, 2006
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Works like gangbusters, with its irresistibly corny opening theme song, larger-than-life performances, sweeping hyper-romance, perfectly-timed bombshells of plot twists.

Full Review… | September 17, 2005

Audience Reviews for Written on the Wind

Precisely the type of hell men think of should the phrase "chick flick" be raised, while simultaneously the nirvana woman love to deny loving. A Texas oil family anguishs over the discovery that money (cue the symphony orchestra) can't buy me love. Bacall alone refuses to submit to this pleased-with-itself debauchery that meekly pretends to disdain wealth.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

An advertising secretary (Lauren Bacall) gets swept up in a love triangle amonst two friends, one a millionaire playboy (Robert Stack) and the other is an employee of the millionaire father's company (Rock Hudson). It is apparent the millionaire playboy is something of a drinker but it's his very vulnerability that lures the secretary away to fall in love with him. Soon, the two are married and it's the friend who's stuck carrying the torch for her. Meanwhile, he's being pursued by the millionaire's sister, who happens to be the town floozy (and someone he wants nothing to do with). It's the stuff of soap operas and melodramas, but this fifties movie with it's fifties sensibilities has a lot of charm to it. The sister, Dorothy Malone, won an oscar for her over-the-top she-vixen role, and Robert Stack was nominated for his portrayal as well. The story moves briskly albeit predictably.

Devon Bott
Devon Bott

Super Reviewer

Written on the wind This is one of the true Classic's. It was recommended by my true friend raimoyna, as always she picks the best in Classic Films. This one here stars the True Rock, Rock Hudson that is along with Lauren Bacall, Dorothy Malone, and Robert Stack. Robert Stack plays the part of a Rich Oil Tycoon's son, who runs around doing what ever he wants when he wants, and Rock Hudson his best friend is always cleaning up the mess. Lucy ( Lauren Bacal) appears and Rock falls instantly in love with her, Well Robert Stack see's this and stars stalking Lauren, until he maries her. All along Rock is sill in Love with her. Mean while Dorothy Malone, plays Robert Stacks Nympho Sister and wants the Rock, but Rock will have no part of it. This movie is part of the Criterion Collection. All in All its worth 4 stars.

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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