Gentleman's Agreement
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Adapted by Moss Hart from the novel by Laura Z. Hobson, this film stars Gregory Peck as recently widowed journalist Phil Green. With a growing son (Dean Stockwell) to support, Green is receptive to the invitation of magazine publisher John Minify (Albert Dekker) to write a series of hard-hitting articles on the scourge of anti-Semitism. In order to glean his information first hand, Green decides to pose as a Jew. As the weeks go by, Green experiences all manner of prejudice, the most insidious being the subtle, "gentleman's agreement" form of bigotry wherein anti-Jewish… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

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"Agreement was tame, cautious stuff even back then."
‑ Ty Burr, Entertainment Weekly
"Gentleman's Agreement is an important experiment, honestly approached and successfully brought off."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Diabolically dull and somber to the point that it's almost worth laughing at it, except that Gregory Peck's incredibly serious expressions have the tendency to make laughter dry out and die."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"You'd think a 60-year-old movie about prejudice would be passÚ by now. You'd be wrong."
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"Tame and too hopeful by today's standards, but Kazan's message drama was important in 1947, representing one of the first time that the word Jew was explicity used in a Hollywood picture."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"By dispassionate critical standards, Gentleman's Agreement is not a success. It is a tract rather than a play and it has the crusader's shortcomings."
‑ Robert Hatch, The New Republic
"It looks pretty timorous now."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"An eye-opener in its day, this exposure of high-society racial prejudice still has the power to compel."
‑ Tom Hutchinson, Radio Times
"[It] remains a classic crusading film."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Preachy but effective indictment of anti-Semitism"
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"The movie is as powerful today as when it captured the Best Picture Oscar a few years after Hitler's genocide ended in Europe."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"[A] brilliant and powerful film."
‑ Hobe Morrison, Variety
"While this multi-Oscar-winning film was controversial at the time of its release, it now seems overly preachy."
‑ , Film4
"An incisive look at the effects of anti-Semitism and the attempts to stamp it out."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"A frightening time capsule of ethnic intolerance."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
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