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A Place in the Sun (1951) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by George Stevens and produced by George Stevens and Ivan Moffat.

The film was based on the novel An American Tragedy written by Theodore Dreiser published in 1925.

A Place in the Sun was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1991.

Academy Awards 1960 --- Ceremony Number 33 (source: AMPAS)

Best ActorMontgomery CliftNominated
Best ActressShelley WintersNominated
Best CinematographyWilliam C. MellorWon
Best Costume DesignEdith HeadWon
Best DirectorGeorge StevensWon
Best Film EditingWilliam HornbeckWon
Best Music - ScoringFranz WaxmanWon
Best PictureGeorge Stevens, ProducerNominated
Best WritingMichael Wilson, Harry BrownWon
Best Animated Short FilmFrantisek Vystrecil, ProducerNominated

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Review: A Place in the Sun (1951)

By 4 Star Film Fan on May 31, 2018 From 4 Star Films

George Stevens is only one among a plethora of filmmakers who came back from WWII changed. He had seen a great deal of the world’s ugliness — Dachau Concentration Camp for instance — and as a result, the films he made thereafter were more mature ruminations on humanity at large. Ad... Read full article

A Place in the Sun (1951)

By Beatrice on Jul 25, 2015 From Flickers in Time

A Place in the Sun Directed by George Stevens Written by Harry Brown and Michael Wilson from a play by Patrick Kearney and the novel An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser 1951/USA Paramount Pictures Repeat viewing/Netflix rental #249 of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die George Eastman: I ... Read full article

A Place in the Sun (1951)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Mar 10, 2014 From 4 Star Films

In this film starring Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, and Shelley Winters, with George Stevens directing, a young man (Clift) tries to rise up in his uncle’s company. He is poorly-educated yet ambitious and he slowly moves up in the Eastman?business. While he works George begins to fall fo... Read full article

A Place in the Sun (1951)

By Aurora on Mar 2, 2014 From Once Upon a Screen

The nominees for Best Motion Picture in 1952 for film achievements in 1951?were Vincente Minnelli’s An American in Paris, Anatole Litvak’s Decision Before Dawn, George Stevens’ A Place in the Sun, Mervyn LeRoy’s Quo Vadis, and Elia Kazan’s A Streetcar Named Desire. ?It ... Read full article

The Style Essentials--Edith Head Style Finds A PLACE IN THE SUN at 2013 Golden Globes

on Jan 25, 2013 From GlamAmor

With the Golden Globes a couple weekends ago and the Screen Actors Guild coming up, we're now deep into awards season here in Los Angeles. At any of these shows, I am always fascinated by the inevitable influences from classic cinema that appear on the red carpet. Film noir was front and center at... Read full article

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Angela: Tell mama... tell mama all.

Angela: [George kisses Angela] Angela: Every time you leave me for a minute, it's like goodbye. I like to believe it means you can't live without me.

George Eastman: I love you. I've loved you since the first moment I saw you. I guess maybe I've even loved you before I saw you.

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The box office failure of the 1931 adaptation of An American Tragedy prompted the filmmakers to seek an alternative title. One such title was "The Prize". There was a $100 reward for whoever came up with the best new title, and George Stevens's associate Ivan Moffat successfully pitched for "A Place in the Sun". He never received his $100 reward.
In the scene where Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor are gaily zooming around the lake in a speedboat, director George Stevens wanted the engine to sound more ominous. Recordings of German Stuka dive bombers were used.
Anne Revere, who played Montgomery Clift's mother, was a descendant of American Revolution hero Paul Revere, but she became another victim of the McCarthy-era "Red Scare" blacklisting because of her supposed "liberal" politics. After this film she did not appear in another movie until 1970.
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