Wonderful film, with great performances, although you'll need to bathe after viewing. 4 Stars

I can think of few films in which the characters are anywhere near as dislikable as those in Sweet Bird of Youth.

Tennessee Williams had a way with such characters.

As directed by the wonderfully literate Richard Brooks, this Broadway transplant, almost loses it’s studio trappings, but never quite gets outside of the lot, except for a few locations shots.

Thinking through them, Heavenly Finley, as played by the wonderful Shirley Knight, is the only one with whom I’d consider sharing a dinner table.

Mr. Newman’s southern accent probably took root back in 1958, first with Martin Ritt, directing him in The Long, Hot Summer (Twilight Time), and then in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Warner Archive), Faulkner, directed by Richard Brooks, and again based upon Tennessee Williams.

A lovely Blu-ray representation of the film from Warner Archive. Note that the film was shot by Milton Krasner, in CinemaScope with Lenses supplied by Panavision.

No mumps in sight.

Also, since it was 1962, before women were permitted to have nipples unless they were English, there’s a rather disturbing field enlargement (dupe), as Shirley Knights jumps into water, which apparently exposed more than censors would allow.

Wonderful film, with great performances, although you’ll need to bathe after viewing.

Image – 5

Audio – 5

Pass / Fail – Pass

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I can think of few films in which the characters are anywhere near as dislikable as those in Sweet Bird of Youth.

Tennessee Williams had a way with such characters.

As directed by the wonderfully literate Richard Brooks, this Broadway transplant, almost loses it's studio trappings, but never quite gets outside of the lot, except for a few locations shots.

Thinking through them, Heavenly Finley, as played by the wonderful Shirley Knight, is the only one with whom I'd consider sharing a dinner table.

Mr. Newman's southern accent probably took root back in 1958, first with Martin Ritt, directing him in The Long, Hot Summer (Twilight Time), and then in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Warner Archive), Faulkner, directed by Richard Brooks, and again based upon Tennessee Williams.

A lovely Blu-ray representation of the film from Warner Archive. Note that the film was shot by Milton Krasner, in CinemaScope with Lenses supplied by Panavision.

No mumps in sight.

Also, since it was 1962, before women were permitted to have nipples unless they were English, there's a rather disturbing field enlargement (dupe), as Shirley Knights jumps into water, which apparently exposed more than censors would allow.

Wonderful film, with great performances, although you'll need to bathe after viewing.

Image - 5

Audio - 5

Pass / Fail - Pass

Upgrade from DVD - Yes

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:laugh: You're right about taking a bath after seeing this movie full of despicable people except for Heavenly. Thanks for the review as I await my preorder.
 

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While Paul Newman and Shirley Knight are mentioned in your review, the film's stand out performance is not. Geraldine Page gives a performance that is a master class in acting all by itself and blows everyone else off the screen.
Which is precisely why I knew someone would chime in
 
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At least Newman kept his balls intact in the film version, getting by with just a scar on his pretty face. He suffered much more on stage.
And yes, Page was absolutely brilliant. And yes, I'd take Knight to dinner and somewhere dark later on for at least a cuddle.
A side bar: I saw a revival with Irene Worth (a wow!) and Christopher Walken, who exuded pheromones as he strutted across the stage.
 
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A side bar: I saw a revival with Irene Worth (a wow!) and Christopher Walken, who exuded pheromones as he strutted across the stage.


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"Well!........I may have done better………but God knows I have done worse!"
 
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I'd take Knight to dinner and somewhere dark later on for at least a cuddle.
I realize it was just a movie role and all, but when I saw Shirley Knight, very obese and completely nude in the TV movie about the McMartin trial decades ago, it just kind of affected the way I felt about her even when watching her earlier work when she was young and quite attractive. It's too bad to watch beautiful, vibrant actors age and put on the pounds, but life happens to them, too. Knight was extraordinary in that HBO film, but it was just so sad to see her that way. My bad for idealizing youth and beauty, but I was a victim of Madison Ave., too.
 
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I realize it was just a movie role and all, but when I saw Shirley Knight, very obese and completely nude in the TV movie about the McMartin trial decades ago, it just kind of affected the way I felt about her even when watching her earlier work when she was young and quite attractive. It's too bad to watch beautiful, vibrant actors age and put on the pounds, but life happens to them, too. Knight was extraordinary in that HBO film, but it was just so sad to see her that way. My bad for idealizing youth and beauty, but I was a victim of Madison Ave., too.
This is just hearsay but I knew someone who knew Shirley Knight very well and she said that Knight's weight gain was intentional. Knight was at that 50-ish age when she realized she could no longer play leading roles and rather than go the plastic surgery/dieting route to play the Hollywood game, she figured the weight gain could give her a shot in the arm as a character actress. It worked for Shelley Winters who went from glamour parts in the 1950s to character parts in the 1960s. Her hunch was right and she was a busy lady in the 80s and 90s, winning three Emmys for her TV work.
 

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Geraldine Page is a delight to watch in this film; I've seen it several times and will have to pick up the blu-ray eventually. And man, I have to say----I MUCH prefer this "softened for the censors" version, as compared to the original stage play. I absolutely despised the ending to the play! The ending of the film is quite satisfying.
 

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Geraldine Page is a delight to watch in this film; I've seen it several times and will have to pick up the blu-ray eventually. And man, I have to say----I MUCH prefer this "softened for the censors" version, as compared to the original stage play. I absolutely despised the ending to the play! The ending of the film is quite satisfying.
Hey, Wayne: Scarface or gelding? Your choice.
 

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Hey, Wayne: Scarface or gelding? Your choice.
Hey, it's Tennessee Williams! What do you expect, Henry Travers to show up at the end in full angel regalia?

Speaking of unsavory characters, I've always found Rip Torn especially frightening in this film. Apparently Israel Horovitz, the playwright, once said that whenever he saw Rip Torn in a play, he was convinced Mr. Torn was going to jump off the stage and get him, and it was only when seeing Rip Torn for the first time in a film, that he felt completely safe.
 

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Huh, I just realised I'm not being at all consistent. I enjoy the happy ending film version of this story, as compared to the very bleak stage version which I dislike greatly. But, in the case of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," the film's happy ending causes me to roll my eyes; I think it's ridiculous, and prefer the bleaker stage version.
 

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Wow a 5 for image- I've never seen this film look that great and I will definitely pick this up as it's one of my favorites. No body does loneliness like Geraldine Page. Now where is The Trip To Bountiful?
 

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At least Newman kept his balls intact in the film version, getting by with just a scar on his pretty face. He suffered much more on stage.
And yes, Page was absolutely brilliant. And yes, I'd take Knight to dinner and somewhere dark later on for at least a cuddle.
A side bar: I saw a revival with Irene Worth (a wow!) and Christopher Walken, who exuded pheromones as he strutted across the stage.
The play was all the worse for him because he had to go through it eight times a week including twice on Saturdays and Sundays. Not even Prometheus had it that bad!:laugh:
 
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The play was all the worse for him because he had to go through it eight times a week including twice on Saturdays and Sundays. Not even Prometheus had it that bad!:laugh:
Or Sisyphus. Although I suspect the house must have been dark at least once a week to give him time to grow back a pair!
 
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Very distressed to hear of Shirley Knight's passing. I was lucky enough to see her on stage in Kennedy's Children for which she won a Tony award.
 
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Very distressed to hear of Shirley Knight's passing. I was lucky enough to see her on stage in Kennedy's Children for which she won a Tony award.
Off-Broadway in Brecht/Weill's Happy End in which she also sang. She was still young and willowy. I loved her acting and didn't care how she looked. A fantastic and often overlooked talent. RIP.
 
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