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The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
This meticulous and unusually long cinemadaptation of Sloan Wilson's best-selling novel The Man in the Grey Flannel Suit stars Gregory Peck as an ex-army officer, pursuing a living as a TV writer in the postwar years. Hired by a major broadcasting network, Peck is assigned to write speeches for the network's president (Fredric March). Peck comes to realize that the president's success has come at the expense of personal happiness, and this leads Peck to ruminate on his own life. Extended flashbacks reveal that Peck had experienced a torrid wartime romance with Italian girl Marisa… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As the broadcasting tycoon, Fredric March is excellent, and the scenes between him and Peck lift the picture high above the ordinary."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The film may seem mediocre now (it did back then), but it probably speaks volumes about the period, and Bernard Herrmann composed the score."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Dated but still effective soap opera from the Sloan Wilson novel"
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"Relentlessly envelops every idea, obscures every issue in a smug smog of suburbinanity."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"A surprisingly engrossing, if shallow and overlong, Hollywood vision of 1950s thirtysomethings, with Peck turning in a dignified title role."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"An overly long movie that really doesn't have enough plot to sustain its running time, but is largely rescued by Peck's excellent performance, and the supporting cast."
‑ , Film4
"A mature, fascinating and often quite tender and touching film."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"But the film is so reductive, so often substitutes subtlety with theatrical gravitas, and so transparently stacks the deck in favor of a preordained outcome that it threatens to become a buttoned-down Reefer Madness for the corner-office set."
‑ Mark Bourne,
"far more valuable as documentation of very particular time and place in American society than it is as drama"
‑ Don Willmott,
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