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      Rain

      Released Oct 12, 1932 1h 33m Drama List
      90% Tomatometer 10 Reviews 67% Audience Score 500+ Ratings In the South Pacific, the passengers of a boat must disembark prematurely at the island of Pago Pago due to a cholera scare. Among them are missionaries Alfred Davidson (Walter Huston) and his wife (Beulah Bondi), and a spirited prostitute, Sadie Thompson (Joan Crawford). On the island, Thompson lives it up with the American soldiers stationed in the village, and captures the heart of Sgt. Tim O'Hara (William Gargan). But Thompson's wild ways are too much for Davidson, who tries to convert her. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Derek Smith Slant Magazine Rain’s sometimes blunt portrait of a familiar conflict is complicated by a milieu that is indifferent to demands for piety. Sep 18, 2022 Full Review TIME Staff TIME Magazine Director Lewis Milestone has made semi-respectable, unexciting, the old sure-fire melodrama. Apr 14, 2020 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Its pre-Code standing means that it doesn't pull many punches in its portrayal of religious hypocrisy. Rated: 3/4 Sep 25, 2022 Full Review Jason Shawhan Nashville Scene If you only know her work from the Golden Age of Hollywood, or from her later career adventures in exploitation films and the infamy brought by Mommie Dearest, you are in for quite a surprise. Sep 9, 2021 Full Review Pare Lorentz Vanity Fair Joan Crawford gives an amiable and shrewd characterization: a performance, in fact, which is not so much deep or tender as it is a facile demonstration of how to work before a camera. Jun 5, 2019 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Its shocking sensationalism has lost its punch. Rated: B- Jan 30, 2010 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Steve D Not the best vision but a really good one. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 06/27/23 Full Review 56music SPOILER ALERT: One of Joan's best performances. I own this DVD and watched it again last night. I like that I noticed some nuances I missed previously. Obviously all humans can be tempted by the flesh, but I came to a possiblity in the storyline I may have missed previously, perhaps Sadie knew there was one sure way to get the missionary off her back, perhaps she set a trap and was not as innocent as I previously thought? Perhaps she outsmarted everyone. An oldie but a goodie Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review georgan g This old movie was surprisingly good. Crawford played the prostitute perfectly. The truth about who was "bad" shows in the end. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member The rain falls incessantly in this movie, bringing to mind Matthew 5:45, "he sendeth rain on the just and the unjust alike". In this case, it seems clear that the 'unjust' are actually the devout Christians (Walter Huston and Beulah Bondi), as they sanctimoniously judge Joan Crawford's character and cruelly use their influence to get orders for her immediate deportation from Pago Pago, where this film is set. She is likely a prostitute, but the reason for his action stems from her (gasp) moral crime of listening to music and dancing with some soldiers on the Sabbath. As a more tolerant man observes, "we've all crossed thresholds we don't brag about", but Huston is relentless in cross-examining her about her past, and demanding that she get on the right side of the Lord, even though they've just met. It's interesting to see Crawford stand up to him in what are the best scenes of the film. "You keep yellin' at me to go back and be punished, to suffer - how do you know what I've suffered? You don't know, you don't care, and you don't even ask - and you call yourself a Christian!", she yells, and "Your God and me will never be shipmates, and the next time you talk to him you can tell him this for me - that Sadie Thompson is on her way to hell!" However, she is eventually cowed and resigned to be repentant, which is the first unbelievable part of an unbelievable ending, which I won't spoil. The movie is a little hard to watch because the main characters are so unlikeable. Huston and Bondi are righteous prigs. Crawford is heavily made up and often over-acts her part. There are a few good scenes, however, and it may be of interest to see this adaptation of the short story by W. Somerset Maugham, which spurred several other movies and plays. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member A beautifully-shot, well-acted train wreck with a holier-than-thou, carrot-and-stick approach and a confusing ending which renders it pointless. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member a first strong roles of Joan Crawford, and indeed she looks like gloria. wasnt she? Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In the South Pacific, the passengers of a boat must disembark prematurely at the island of Pago Pago due to a cholera scare. Among them are missionaries Alfred Davidson (Walter Huston) and his wife (Beulah Bondi), and a spirited prostitute, Sadie Thompson (Joan Crawford). On the island, Thompson lives it up with the American soldiers stationed in the village, and captures the heart of Sgt. Tim O'Hara (William Gargan). But Thompson's wild ways are too much for Davidson, who tries to convert her.
      Director
      Lewis Milestone
      Producer
      Joseph M. Schenck
      Distributor
      Reel Media International [us], United Artists, The Roan Group
      Production Co
      Feature Productions, Lewis Milestone Productions Inc.
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 12, 1932, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 12, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 33m
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