Written on the Wind
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Written on the Wind
Perhaps the definitive Douglas Sirk production, Written on the Wind is based on the novel by Robert Wilder. The story revolves around the Hadleys, a wealthy but thoroughly debauched family of Texas oil millionaires. Robert Stack is self-destructive alcoholic Kyle Hadley, while Dorothy Malone won an Oscar for her equally vivid potrayal of Kyle's nymphomaniac sister Marylee. Kyle manages to win beautiful, level-headed advertising executive Lucy Moore (Lauren Bacall) away from his best friend, virile Hadley Oil geologist Mitch Wayne (Rock Hudson), but Lucy soon comes to regret her decision to… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In countless ways visible and invisible, Sirk's sly subversion skewed American popular culture, and helped launch a new age of irony."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A spellbinding twisty story teeming with sexual frustration and whatnot."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"On the surface, it's a sopa opera, a small-town melodrama about a troubled and powerful Texan clan, but it's Douglas Sirk's thematic critique, ironic approach and visual style that makes this Oscar-winning film stand out from the rest of the bunch"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"[Sirk's] masterpiece, the grand-daddy of them all."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A continuous aria of need, despair, self-loathing. It says 'Money can't buy you happiness' in 72-point all-caps Futura Bold."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Big screen sudser with Hudson and Bacall leading the tears."
‑ Steve Crum, Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
"Written on the Wind (1956) is generally regarded as the best of director Douglas Sirk's 1950s lush, vibrantly colorful..."
‑ Tim Dirks, Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
"It has far more strengths than weaknesses, but I can't put it close to his twin masterpieces All That Heaven Allows and Imitation of Life."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"Works like gangbusters, with its irresistibly corny opening theme song, larger-than-life performances, sweeping hyper-romance, perfectly-timed bombshells of plot twists."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"a twisted masterpiece of self-parody"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
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