Madeleine (1950)

David Lean's Madeleine was inspired by a true story that rocked the English legal system to its foundations in the mid-19th century. Told in flashback, the film explains why aristocratic young Scotswoman Madeleine Smith (Ann Todd, then… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 31, 1950
DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
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Time Out

One of three films Lean made virtually as star vehicles for his wife Ann Todd. Here she manages to extend the range of her semi-hysterical screen personality into a flimsily forceful character who pits her amoral deviousness against... rigid hypocrisy.

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TV Guide

The script and direction are handled with amazing restraint, cleverly and carefully constructed, heightened by Todd's inherently enigmatic image.

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Emanuel Levy

This compelling character study is one of the three films David Lean made with his then wife Ann Todd.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Well-made courtroom drama.

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Fernando F. Croce

Murder underneath patrician façades

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Luke Baldock
Another piece of Lean excellence as he handles a story of dark romance and accusations of murder. It's a rare ambiguous story as we see what the court is… More