A Place in the Sun
A Place in the Sun (1951)

In this film, handsome young George Eastman goes to work in a relative's factory. He has a brief rendezvous with assembly-line worker Alice Tripp, but he forgets all about her when he falls for dazzling socialite Angela Vickers. Alice… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 15, 1951
DVD Release Date: August 21, 2001
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A good example of the kind of soporific nonsense that won rave reviews and armloads of Academy Awards back in the 50s, while the finest work of Ford, Hawks, and Hitchcock was being ignored.

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Evan Williams
The Australian

One of the great studio dramas of the period and one of this column's favourite films, with haunting performances from Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift.

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)

Montgomery Clift's performance as upward-striving pauper George Eastman is a career peak, and Elizabeth Taylor is a gleaming paragon as his high-society paramour.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Hopelessly inadequate as a reading of Dreiser's great novel, and as usual Stevens seems too preoccupied with the story's monumentality to have much curiosity about its characters.

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Philip Kemp
Total Film

Most of Dreiser's acrid social satire is smoothed away by Stevens' grandiose style, and it's all too stately to be affecting.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

Stevens's unsentimental characterisation and the pair's fine performances make this one of Clift's most memorable films.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Typically slow and stately in the later Stevens manner.

Philip French
Observer (UK)

George Stevens's meticulously observed 1951 version of Theodore Dreiser's massive 1925 novel An American Tragedy ...

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Peter Bradshaw

Gripping from first to last.

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Jim Hunter
A lower class relative of a well-positioned family courts two girls, one a clandestine factory worker and the other a society girl of means, but the unions… More
Stella Dallas
rip liz :'( the film is a showcase for ms taylor at the height of her beauty, along with her male counterpart, montgomery clift. i don't believe… More
Daniel Mumby
In my review of High Society, I remarked that it is often the way that the first adaptation of a story often does it the 'tough', 'proper'… More
Aj V
Sometimes this movie was very good, romantic, dramatic, and brilliant, but at other times I was bored, and it was too melodramatic. Overall a pretty good… More
Saskia D.
MWEEEH not what I hoped or expected. Taylor's character was boring and bland, I know that she can do a lot better. Clift annoyed the crap out of me, in his… More
Devon Bott
Maybe it was the Hays code or maybe it's just the 1950s sense of morality, but when a man knocked up a girl back then, it was his duty to marry her,… More