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An American Romance

1944 2h 31m Drama List
86% Tomatometer 7 Reviews 40% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
Czech Stefan Dangosbiblichek (Brian Donlevy) immigrates to America where, despite having almost no money, he is allowed through Ellis Island. Stefan makes an arduous journey on foot to Minnesota, where his cousin works in a mine. Ambitious and energetic, he changes his name to Steve Dangos and eagerly learns English from teacher Anna O'Rourke (Ann Richards), whom he soon marries. The couple move to Chicago to pursue Steve's dream of success, but the way to American citizenship proves rocky. Read More Read Less

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Bosley Crowther New York Times Mr. Vidor made a great big color picture with an abundance of vivid American scenes but with a story so banal and tedious that the whole film seems one massive platitude. Rated: 2/5 Jul 1, 2013 Full Review Time Out No other American director ever matched Vidor's sense of personal struggle, or the muscular poetry he found to express it. Jul 1, 2013 Full Review Dave Kehr Chicago Reader Even as the drama disintegrates, Vidor's skill in presenting the rhythms of collective action (here, the work of the mills and factories) raises the documentary sections of the film to the level of his best work. Jul 1, 2013 Full Review Don Q. Cine-Mundial [Breaks] old molds to give way to ideas of renewal and progress, essential in the growth and power of a nation. [Full review in Spanish] Sep 18, 2019 Full Review Film4 Staff Film4 It takes a while to get going, but is an exemplary piece of film-making nevertheless. Jul 1, 2013 Full Review TV Guide Virtuoso performance by Donlevy from young immigrant to old industrialist keeps this overlong saga moving. Rated: 3/4 Jul 1, 2013 Full Review Read all reviews

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joe m Pure unadulterated pap - yet so enjoyable! The tale of a immigrant, Steve Dangos (Donlevy), from some unnamed Scandinavian country who makes his way from Ellis Island to the Mesabi iron range. He meets a school teacher (Richards) who helps learn him. Well, he gets to know iron mining. Then he goes out to an unnamed Midwest city and gets to know steel manufacturing. Finally, he uses all his learning and experience to get in to the auto industry and become a huge success. The tired yet inspiring Horatio Alger story then mixed in with documentary like elements of all these industries. Carried by the two leads and just a heartwarming piece of American mythos, hammy as the whole thing is. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review s r I really enjoyed this tribute to the American dream and the principles of individual initiative. A sincere, feel good film. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member a big technicolor epic about america thru the eyes of an immingrant Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Czech Stefan Dangosbiblichek (Brian Donlevy) immigrates to America where, despite having almost no money, he is allowed through Ellis Island. Stefan makes an arduous journey on foot to Minnesota, where his cousin works in a mine. Ambitious and energetic, he changes his name to Steve Dangos and eagerly learns English from teacher Anna O'Rourke (Ann Richards), whom he soon marries. The couple move to Chicago to pursue Steve's dream of success, but the way to American citizenship proves rocky.
Director
King Vidor
Production Co
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (DVD)
Jan 19, 2010
Runtime
2h 31m