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
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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