Written on the Wind
Written on the Wind (1957)

Written on the Wind is an excellent melodrama about a Texas oil family who drive themselves to ruin through lust and greed. Robert Stack plays a playboy heir to the oil dynasty who falls in love with Lauren Bacall, a beautiful gold-digger.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 1, 1957
DVD Release Date: August 21, 2001
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

In countless ways visible and invisible, Sirk's sly subversion skewed American popular culture, and helped launch a new age of irony.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A spellbinding twisty story teeming with sexual frustration and whatnot.

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Emanuel Levy

On the surface, it's a sopa opera, a small-town melodrama about a troubled and powerful Texan clan, but it's Douglas Sirk's thematic critique, ironic approach and visual style that makes this Oscar-winning film stand out from the rest of the bunch

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Rob Gonsalves

A continuous aria of need, despair, self-loathing. It says 'Money can't buy you happiness' in 72-point all-caps Futura Bold.

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Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Big screen sudser with Hudson and Bacall leading the tears.

Tim Dirks
Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films

Written on the Wind (1956) is generally regarded as the best of director Douglas Sirk's 1950s lush, vibrantly colorful...

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Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

It has far more strengths than weaknesses, but I can't put it close to his twin masterpieces All That Heaven Allows and Imitation of Life.

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Michael Dequina

Works like gangbusters, with its irresistibly corny opening theme song, larger-than-life performances, sweeping hyper-romance, perfectly-timed bombshells of plot twists.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

a twisted masterpiece of self-parody

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Precisely the type of hell men think of should the phrase "chick flick" be raised, while simultaneously the nirvana woman love to deny loving. A… More
jay nixon
superior soap.
Devon Bott
An advertising secretary (Lauren Bacall) gets swept up in a love triangle amonst two friends, one a millionaire playboy (Robert Stack) and the other is an… More
Michael Gildea
So over the top and melodramatic it's scary. The drunken Robert Stack makes the movie, expecially towards the end when he falls off the wagon and goes in… More
Bruce Bruce
Written on the wind This is one of the true Classic's. It was recommended by my true friend raimoyna, as always she picks the best in Classic Films. This… More
John Ballantine
Another masterpiece by Sirk who always seems hide some subversive themes within all of his work. All of the actors rise to the occasion for the master director.