The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 8, 1956
DVD Release Date: August 9, 2005
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

As the broadcasting tycoon, Fredric March is excellent, and the scenes between him and Peck lift the picture high above the ordinary.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The film may seem mediocre now (it did back then), but it probably speaks volumes about the period, and Bernard Herrmann composed the score.

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Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Dated but still effective soap opera from the Sloan Wilson novel

TIME Magazine

Relentlessly envelops every idea, obscures every issue in a smug smog of suburbinanity.

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TV Guide

A surprisingly engrossing, if shallow and overlong, Hollywood vision of 1950s thirtysomethings, with Peck turning in a dignified title role.

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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.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

A mature, fascinating and often quite tender and touching film.

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Mark Bourne

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.

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Don Willmott

far more valuable as documentation of very particular time and place in American society than it is as drama

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
High toned soaper that does interesting stuff, especially involving post-traumatic stress syndrome. A vet returns to civilian life and is comfortable more or… More
Rico Zamora
This is a classic film that hardly anybody knows about (like most classic films nowadays.) Gregory Peck stars as a family man whose luck is down despite… More
Aj V
There are a lot of good actors in this movie, and the story is realistic, but it's so realistic that it's boring and uninteresting most of the time.… More
Cameron Johnson
Poor ol' Atticus Finch had made it to color from black-and-white, and yet, his suit was still gray. Granted, "To Kill a Mockingbird" came out… More
jay nixon
Well acted but very dated in its attitudes.
Deb S
The film takes a serious look at how difficult it was for men to return to ordinary everyday life after the horror of the war. Gregory Peck accepts a new job… More