Number of Times Seen – 1 (25 Dec 2018)
Brief Synopsis – A soldiers returns to his home town after being away for more than 15 years and immediately stirs up trouble with his older brother who raised him.
My Take on it – This is another film that I knew absolutely nothing about when I decided to watch it due to the fact that it features 3 Oscar acting nominees.
The story is told really well and it works on numerous levels as we try to figure out what is really going on in the lives of these characters.
The cast is superb and each of them are able to help develop these complex characters very well to a point where they all seem quite realistic in everything they say and do.
The viewer is able to connect with these characters so easily because they feel so real and genuine the whole way through.
Love how the characters are all layered and we slowly learn so much more about them as things progress.
The plot moves along at a great pace and goes in directions that are quite unexpected which helps make things much more intriguing.
Martha Hyer, Arthur Kennedy and Shirley MacLaine were all nominated for Oscars for their performances here and I’m a bit surprised that Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin also didn’t manage to get nominations for their roles too.
Bottom Line – Great story that works on numerous levels. The cast is superb and each of them give amazing performances in the roles of these complex characters. The story seems quite realistic and allows the characters to feel so genuine that it helps make the viewer connect even more with the story as it unfolds in directions that one doesn’t necessarily expect. Hyer, MacLaine and Kennedy were all nominated for Oscars for their performances. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Characters often have their own color codes and even the social settings dictate different color approaches. Carefully chosen colors are used as exclamation points in certain scenes. Vincente Minnelli alluded to this consideration when he noted, “Even after we’d started filming, I’d roam the streets of Madison. I came across a red brick building with a neon sign, set off the street, and immediately cast it as the house Bama would be living in.” (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)
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