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Previously filmed in 1931 under its original title, Theodore Dreiser's bulky but brilliant novel An American Tragedy was remade in 1951 by George Stevens as A Place in the Sun. Montgomery Clift stars as George Eastman, a handsome and charming but basically aimless young man who goes to work in a factory run by a distant, wealthy relative. Feeling lonely one evening, he has a brief rendezvous with assembly-line worker Alice Tripp (Shelley Winters), but he forgets all about her when he falls for dazzling socialite Angela Vickers (Elizabeth Taylor). Alice can't forget about him, though:… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

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"A good example of the kind of soporific nonsense that won rave reviews and armloads of Academy Awards back in the 50s, while the finest work of Ford, Hawks, and Hitchcock was being ignored."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"One of the great studio dramas of the period and one of this column's favourite films, with haunting performances from Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift."
‑ Evan Williams, The Australian
"Montgomery Clift's performance as upward-striving pauper George Eastman is a career peak, and Elizabeth Taylor is a gleaming paragon as his high-society paramour."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Clift's mesmerising, tragic performance only deepens with time."
‑ Glenn Heath Jr., Little White Lies
"Dreiser's story was first filmed in 1931 by Josef von Sternberg in a much starker, more realistic manner. This version is almost cartoony by comparison."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Hopelessly inadequate as a reading of Dreiser's great novel, and as usual Stevens seems too preoccupied with the story's monumentality to have much curiosity about its characters."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Most of Dreiser's acrid social satire is smoothed away by Stevens' grandiose style, and it's all too stately to be affecting."
‑ Philip Kemp, Total Film
"Stevens's unsentimental characterisation and the pair's fine performances make this one of Clift's most memorable films."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"The power of A Place in the Sun's plot, and its most noirish element, is its ability to force the viewer to unquestioningly follow this dream logic."
‑ Michael Nordine, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Um melodrama moralista que só sobrevive graças ao desempenho torturado de Clift, à obsessão pateticamente comovente de Winters e à beleza de Taylor."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Typically slow and stately in the later Stevens manner."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"George Stevens's meticulously observed 1951 version of Theodore Dreiser's massive 1925 novel An American Tragedy ..."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Gripping from first to last."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Though not as powerful as Von Sternberg's first version, it still merits attention for the strong perfromances of Clift, Taylor, and Shelley Winters--and that mega clos-up of a kiss, which broke records of erotic imagery at the time."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Far less powerful than the novel."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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