A Place in the Sun (Re 2013) Cert. U Picture house at FACT

  • Released2013
  • Running time133 minutes
  • DirectorGeorge Stevens
  • GenreClassic
  • CastMontgomery Clift, Shelley Winters, Elizabeth Taylor

Essentially a remake of 1931’s AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY, George Stevens’ movie of Theodore Dreiser’s hefty novel is far superior, not least for the calibre of its stars.

Clift is a handsome young drifter given a lowly job in his wealthy uncle’s factory, where he meets and, against orders, beds co-worker Alice (Winters), who sees him as an escape from her drudgery.

But as he mingles in more refined family circles, George becomes smitten by the glamorous socialite Angela Vickers (Taylor at her most radiant), only to find himself trapped by Alice’s pregnancy.

The consequence is the tragedy of the novel’s title, and involves a young Raymond Burr, working up his later Perry Mason role as a local DA. But apart from its six Oscars, A PLACE IN THE SUN is most memorable for the smouldering romance between Clift and Taylor.

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