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All I Desire

1953 1h 19m Drama List
100% Tomatometer 7 Reviews 75% Audience Score 500+ Ratings
An actress (Barbara Stanwyck) comes home to the husband (Richard Carlson) and children she abandoned years before. Read More Read Less

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Ian Thomas Malone ianthomasmalone.com All I Desire could have been a damning indictment on the forced idealism of suburbia, instead conforming to a 1950s audience who weren’t ready to see the dream of the middle class crushed before their eyes. Apr 25, 2023 Full Review Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid Most certainly one of Douglas Sirk's lesser movies, All I Desire lacks some of the heart-rending visual flourishes of his masterworks, but it nonetheless remains a pretty solid piece of soap. Rated: 3/4 Aug 29, 2020 Full Review Sean Axmaker Seanax.com The dark corners in [Douglas] Sirk's America are first explored in All I Desire... Apr 26, 2010 Full Review Andrew L. Urban Urban Cinefile Sustained by wonderful performances, especially by Barbara Stanwyck, the story is engaging and develops in unexpected ways Aug 23, 2008 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews All the flaws cannot be attributed to Sirk, who does fine work slicing up small-town America's bourgeois life. Rated: B Mar 7, 2007 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Jun 30, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steve D Fully engaging and will keep you guessing how it will resolve. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 11/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Stanwyck a force of nature, as usual. Not an interesting story to me. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Not one of Stanwyck's best, though she gives a good performance. Not much of a script to work with. Wooden acting by the "bad guy" of the piece. Predictable. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Bot Boring & Overly Melodramatic. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Here's Barbara Stanwyck in a Douglas Sirk film just before he started his run of masterworks (Magnificent Obsession, All That Heaven Allows, Written on the Wind, Imitation of Life, etc.). She is the only reason to watch this film (but always a good reason), as the rest of the cast, apart from Lena the cook (played by Lotte Stein), is rather unexceptional. Sirk is fixated, as usual, on people's concerns for what others think and how that can ruin lives -- this time at the turn of the 20th century in small town Wisconsin. Stanwyck, who earlier left her family for an acting career -- I mean left her husband and small children -- returns by surprise 12 or 13 years later. Pure melodrama but only 79 minutes and black and white. Stanwyck was luckier to be paired with Fred MacMurray in the later Sirk outing, There's Always Tomorrow. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member Sustained by wonderful performances, especially by Barbara Stanwyck, the story is engaging and develops in unexpected ways Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis An actress (Barbara Stanwyck) comes home to the husband (Richard Carlson) and children she abandoned years before.
Director
Douglas Sirk
Producer
Ross Hunter
Production Co
Universal International Pictures
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (DVD)
Jul 13, 2015
Runtime
1h 19m