The Young Philadelphians
The Young Philadelphians (1959)

In this film, Tony Lawrence is an ambitious lawyer driven to success by his poor upbringing. He risks everything by defending a wealthy outcast accused of murder, uncovering a world of lies, stolen inheritance, sex, and murder among the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 21, 1959
DVD Release Date: November 14, 2006
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
A.H. Weiler
New York Times

The trials and tribulations of the rich, like those of the poor, can be undramatic.

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Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Smart drama featuring Paul Newman in early role.

Emanuel Levy

Paul Newman gives a strong performance in Vincent Sherman's glossy melodrama about a young, cynical, ambitious man, born on the wrong side of the tracks but determined to change his lot.

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Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Classy soapsuds with a cast that's better than the movie.

TV Guide

Based on a very popular novel, the film is a competent but undistinguished adaptation that breathes only through the presence of its dynamic star.

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Newman, by then established as a big star, might have chosen better than this over-two-hour-long soap opera.

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Conner Rainwater
A great cast, a great story, and great direction. It's a very interesting chronicle of early 50s mentality. You get to view it in two different forms,… More
jay nixon
slows a little towards the end but a fine film with a great small performance by Alexis Smith.
Sean Gillespie
This might be the most enjoyable, interesting and intriguing Paul Newman movie I have ever seen. Sure, you have The Hustler, Butch Cassidy, The Sting etc, but… More