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      Desire Under the Elms

      Released Apr 12, 1958 1h 54m Drama List
      Reviews 61% Audience Score 250+ Ratings The son (Anthony Perkins) of an 1840s New England patriarch (Burl Ives) lusts after his father's bride (Sophia Loren). Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Isabel Quigly The Spectator Realism, in a play of this kind, has got to be surmounted, over- whelmed, outraged: what happens is beyond realism, and the direction must catch that beyond- ness, that feeling of breaking all bounds, moral, conventional, even artistic. Jul 13, 2018 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 2/5 Jul 7, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member talk about dramatic! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Overwrought is too mild a word for this lulu of a gothic melodrama. Of course being a Eugene O'Neill story the epic tragedy is no surprise but it is turned out in purple prose and declamatory acting. Sophia looks beautiful and is full of ripe sensuality. Burl Ives is made up to look older than his years but just looks foolish and Anthony Perkins keeps his twitchy intensity mostly under control but the film is just short of operatic overstatement which make it hard to take. Add into that the obviously fake settings and the whole thing is too much. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Perkins gives a great performance in this movie of forbidden love, the story is really dramatic, suspenseful, and surprising. I really liked it. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Great movie but leaves you sad at the end of it. Sophia Loren and Anthony Perkins were great and so was Burl Ives. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Audience Member This film is just amazing. I love the cast..amazing acting especially by Anthony Perkins & Sophia Loren. They are both so beautiful & have great chemistry. It's a true classic based on a tragic play. I actually like the's very sad & shocking..yes, but it works. This movie will forever be in my favorites list. :) Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member very interesting rare vintage film lots of romance yet sad it has a crazy tragic endng! Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis The son (Anthony Perkins) of an 1840s New England patriarch (Burl Ives) lusts after his father's bride (Sophia Loren).
      Delbert Mann
      Don Hartman
      Paramount Pictures
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      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 12, 1958, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 5, 2014
      1h 54m
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