The Crowd
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As was the case with every film project that he cared deeply about, filmmaker King Vidor had to fight long and hard with his studio bosses to get The Crowd produced. Though Vidor's parent studio MGM was certain that this simple story of everyday people would take a bath at the box-office, the film earned back twice its cost. The story concentrates on John Sims, brilliantly played by James Murray, an extra boosted to stardom by Vidor. Born on the fourth of July in the year 1900, John convinced that he's destined to be a man of importance. 27 years later, however, Sims is merely one of… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The camera style owes something to Murnau, but the sense of space -- the vast environments that define and attack his protagonists -- is Vidor's own."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The performances are absolutely flawless, and astonishing location work in the busy New York streets (including a giddy tour of Coney Island on a blind date) lends a gritty ring of truth to his intensely human odyssey."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"A truly great work of art: a one-of-a-kind blend of domestic drama and a depiction of urban geometry."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"King Vidor made a visually striking, influential feature about ordinary people and their anonymous, impersonal lives in the Big City"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Plot in The Crowd is structured as the progression of a life, with all the undulations of ups and downs driven by the director's faith in human emotion."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
"A drab actionless story of ungodly length and apparently telling nothing."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"What's extraordinary is that what could have come off as a case study instead packs a consistently strong emotional punch."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"The Crowd is a masterpiece - moving, funny, heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful. It's a must for anyone interested in the roots of moviemaking, and it's a good choice to show to someone who thinks they wouldn't like silent films."
‑ Alonso Duralde, Linoleum Knife
"Occasionally pushes its patriotism motif too far, but is extremely successful in all other ways, particularly in its strong portrayal of a full circle self-realization, love story, and sweeping portrait of America."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"A stalwart repository for many of the themes and images of German Expressionism."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Throughout this subject Mr. Vidor shrewdly avoids the stereotyped conception of setting forth scenes, and in more than one case he uses his camera in an inspired fashion."
‑ Mordaunt Hall, New York Times
"In this powerful silent drama from director King Vidor, James Murray gives a superlative performance as an idealistic young man trapped in a dead-end job whose ambitions are dogged by tragedy."
‑ Allen Eyles, Radio Times
"A remarkably prescient picture."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Casts a dark shadow over the American Dream."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"my favorite silent film: poetically told with dazzling direction"
‑ Jay Antani, Los Angeles Alternative
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