The Member of the Wedding
The Member of the Wedding (1952)

This film version of Carson McCullers' play tells the touching story of a 12-year-old tomboyish girl in Georgia who, as the result of the impending wedding of her older brother, recognizes that she has to start doing some growing up of… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 30, 1952
DVD Release Date: May 2, 2000
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

The story is pleasantly enacted and the scenery and skiing are superb.

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TV Guide

An overly static adaptation of Carson McCullers' 1950 Broadway hit about the end of adolescence, saved by the playwright's dialogue.

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Brandon Judell

Classic performances.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Dull and droopy -- a stage transplant that didn't take.

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Emanuel Levy

Zinnemann's evocation of painful childhood boasts lyrical dialogue from screipters Edna and Edward Anhalt, who altered very little of Carson McCuller's terrif book, first adapted to the stage in 1950.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Julie Harris earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance, admittedly a tad too mannered and theatrical for my taste. The real acting fireworks come from the remarkable Ethel Waters.

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Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Wonderful, moving play-based film featuring great Ethel Waters performance.

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jay nixon
Some good acting by Ethel Waters in this slice of life and coming of age drama. The usually superior Julie Harris is shrill and annoying trying to be convincing… More
John Ballantine
The actors make the most of a rather plodding story. It is surprising that this film received all the honours that it did. It was behind its time.