The young and poor George Eastman (Montgomery Clift) leaves his religious mother and Chicago, Illinois and arrives in California expecting to find a better job in the business of his wealthy uncle Charles Eastman (Herbert Heyes). His cousin Earl Eastman (Keefe Brasselle) advises him that there are many women in the factory and the basic rule is that he must not hang around with any of them. George meets the worker of the assembly line, Alice Tripp (Shelley Winters), in the movie theater and they date. Meanwhile, the outcast George is promoted and he meets the gorgeous Angela Vickers (Dame Elizabeth Taylor) at a party thrown at his uncle's house. Angela introduces him to the local high society and they fall in love with each other. However, Alice is pregnant and she wants to get married to George. During a dinner party at Angela's lake house with parents, relatives, and friends, Alice calls George from the bus station and gives him thirty minutes to meet her; otherwise she will crash ...Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Paramount Pictures was reluctant to make this movie, as it had already put Theodore Dreiser's novel on the screen under its original title, An American Tragedy (1931). The studio's lack of commitment ultimately changed when producer and director George Stevens sued them for preventing him from working and therefore breaching his contract. See more »
At Loon Lake, when George and Angela hear a loon, they look up into some trees to see the bird. Loons are never found in trees. They nest on the ground near lakes and live on the water. They are solely aquatic birds, waterfowl. See more »
I love you. I've loved you since the first moment I saw you. I guess maybe I've even loved you before I saw you.
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Clift, Taylor, Stevens and a spellbinding American tragedy
Time does extraordinary things with greatness. If nothing else it confirms it. "A Place in the Sun" is a remarkable example of that theory. I rushed to buy a DVD after watching a BBC documentary on ELizabeth Taylor to celebrate her 75th birthday! In "A Place on the Sun" an Elizabeth Taylor barely out of her teens is paired with Montgomery Clift. She had been raised at MGM and groomed for movie stardom from day one. He was a method actor, complex, introspective and their coupling produced something that I'm tempted to call, unrepeatable. The actors own personal stories, their friendship, mutual love and respect made it possible for their communion to be so transcendental. To make things even more perfect, the film seems a love letter from director George Stevens to his stars and vice versa. Look at the opening credits and tell me if you've ever seen a more startling introduction to a character/star. The story of doomed love and descend into darkness is, without question, one of the best ever made.
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