A Tree Grows In Brooklyn (1945)
|Producer(s)||Louis D. Lighton|
|Top Genres||Drama, Family, Film Adaptation|
|Top Topics||Alcohol, Book-Based, Coming of Age, New York|
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn Overview:
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn (1945) was a Drama - Family Film directed by Elia Kazan and produced by Louis D. Lighton.
The film was based on the novel of the same name written by Betty Smith published in 1943.
In Kazan's directorial debut, standout performances make a touching adaptation of Smith's beloved novel. Set in turn-of-the-century Brooklyn, the story follows a family of Irish who struggle to simply survive in their teeming neighborhood. Dunn makes a sometime-living as a waiter, mother McGuire stretches every penny to the exasperation of the local merchants, and Garner dreams of a better life as she reads her way alphabetically though the library hoping to become a writer. The scenes of Garner and her brother (Donaldson) in the streets of Brooklyn are detailed and evocative; the emotional connections in the family seem palpably real. Sincere, moving family drama.
(Source: available at Amazon AMC Classic Movie Companion)..
A Tree Grows In Brooklyn was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2010.
Academy Awards 1945 --- Ceremony Number 18 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Supporting Actor||James Dunn||Won|
|Best Writing||Tess Slesinger, Frank Davis||Nominated|
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Francie Nolan: My cup runneth over.
Katie Nolan: Out the window, our tree they killed it!
Johnny Nolan aka The Brooklyn Thrush: Well, would you like at that now.
Katie Nolan: They didn't have any right to kill it did they papa!
Johnny Nolan aka The Brooklyn Thrush: Now wait a minute. They didn't kill it. Why they couldn't kill that tree.
Katie Nolan: Promise?
Johnny Nolan aka The Brooklyn Thrush: Why sure baby. Don't tell me that tree is gonna lay down and die that easily. Look at that tree. See where it's coming from. Right up outta that cement! Didn't nobody plant it. Didn't ask the cement to grow. It just couldn't help growing so much it just pushed that old cement out of the way. Now when you bust it with something like that, can't anybody help it, like... like that little ole bird up there. He didn't ask anybody could he sing and he certainly didn't take any lessons. He's so full of singing it just has to bust out someplace. Why they could cut that ole tree right down to the ground and a root would push up someplace else in the cement.
Francie Nolan: Neeley ...
Neeley Nolan: Uh-huh?
Francie Nolan: Am I good-looking?
Neeley Nolan: Aw, what's eatin' ya?
Francie Nolan: No, honest, Neeley, I wanna know.
Neeley Nolan: [after considering her for a few moments] You'll pass.
Francie Nolan: You're sweet, Neeley.
Neeley Nolan: Aw, cut the mush.
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After being so impressed by the dailies of the film, executives at Fox wanted to re-shoot the entire movie in Technicolor, but Elia Kazan refused.
Fred MacMurray campaigned for the role of Johnny Nolan and Alice Faye was at one time considered for Aunt Sissy.
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