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Forever Amber

Released Oct 22, 1947 2h 20m Drama List
18% Tomatometer 11 Reviews 52% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Left at a farmer's doorstep during the English Civil War, Amber St. Clair (Linda Darnell) -- a girl of noble birth -- grows up in a small village under the puritanical eye of her guardian. Wanting more out of life, she flees her home for London, following a traveling soldier, Bruce Carlton (Cornel Wilde). Once in the city, Amber and Bruce form a relationship, but Bruce soon leaves for the high seas. Alone and pregnant, Amber decides to continue her upward social climb. Read More Read Less

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James Agee TIME Magazine Linda Darnell ... makes a handsome but unexciting Amber. Cornel Wilde, as Amber's steady, Lord Bruce Carlton, uses both of his facial expressions frequently. Mar 2, 2018 Full Review Variety Staff Variety Here is a $4 million (and claimed to be more) picture that looks its cost. Oct 23, 2007 Full Review Bosley Crowther New York Times The film runs for two hours and twenty minutes, which is just about an hour too long considering its repetitious nature and the fact that it is pretty trashy stuff. Rated: 2/5 Jan 28, 2006 Full Review Nell Dodson Russell Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder Forever Amber has the advantage of an eye-pleasing technicolor job to gloss over the fact that it's just two-and-one-half hours of yawn bait. Jan 15, 2022 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Hollywood had to considerably tone down the cinematic adaptation, although it also met with its fair share of puritanical naysaying. Rated: 3/4 Sep 18, 2021 Full Review Nathanael Hood The Retro Set However, the adaptation's studio-mandated propriety keeps it from truly transcending the tired strains of soap opera melodrama. Rated: 6/10 Jun 3, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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Danielle N The book is amazing and the movie was great too. The people that gave this movie 18% are ignorant and would probably prefer the kardashians or jersey shore. Merely empty headed fools with no appreciation for the generations before them. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/26/23 Full Review Audience Member The best movie score ever composed! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member a good movie to watch . Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review dave j Tuesday, August 12, 2014 (1947) Forever Amber ROMANTIC DRAMA Like "Forrest Gump" when it's taking a fictional character, in this case Amber, played by Linda Darnell going through actual events to gain a proper title since females at that particular time which was during the Victorian era were deemed as second class citizens. Viewers are going to subject Amber experiencing "The Great Fire Of London" as well as the "plague" with the difference here is that we're not given the exact time frames during which all of that had happened. Her name is Amber St. Clair, and the film showcases her farm working parents arranging their daughter a marriage with another farmer. Except that her main goal was to avoid that kind of lifestyle, and rather strive for something better. So when the opportunity was there when some swordsmen were passing through looking for temporary refuge, since one of the men was badly injured. Amber took the opportunity to sought on after them by volunteering as a barmaid on the inn where they were staying. Some men were trying to make advances on her except that she only has eyes set for one person, and that is on Bruce played by Cornel Wilde since he's given a title as a "Lord" in service to King Charles II played by Charles Sanders. And it there is when she does nothing but lie in order to get a title. One of the problems I had is that although she loves Bruce, I can't understand why he can't make any sacrifices for her or can't be told the truth about her very complicated situation in regarding to what happened to her such as being locked up in the gallows while he was away for long periods at a time. It's hard to recommend a movie that refuses to acknowledge ones sacrifice for the love of someone else. 2 out of 4 stars Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member "It's a lush Fox production, photographed in Technicolor by the great Leon Shamroy and directed by a wholly uninterested Otto Preminger." Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member A very well done period piece starring the beautiful Linda Darnell. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Left at a farmer's doorstep during the English Civil War, Amber St. Clair (Linda Darnell) -- a girl of noble birth -- grows up in a small village under the puritanical eye of her guardian. Wanting more out of life, she flees her home for London, following a traveling soldier, Bruce Carlton (Cornel Wilde). Once in the city, Amber and Bruce form a relationship, but Bruce soon leaves for the high seas. Alone and pregnant, Amber decides to continue her upward social climb.
Director
Otto Preminger, John M. Stahl
Producer
William Perlberg
Screenwriter
Philip Dunne, Ring Lardner Jr., Kathleen Winsor, Jerome Cady
Distributor
20th Century Fox, Fox
Production Co
20th Century Fox
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Oct 22, 1947, Wide
Release Date (DVD)
Apr 29, 2014
Runtime
2h 20m
Sound Mix
Mono
Aspect Ratio
Scope (2.35:1)