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      The Heiress

      Released Oct 6, 1949 1h 55m Drama List
      100% Tomatometer 14 Reviews 93% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings Catherine (Olivia de Havilland), a young woman who stands to inherit her father's large fortune, falls in love when she meets Morris (Montgomery Clift), who gives her the love and affection her father doesn't, and which she desperately needs. Catherine's father (Ralph Richardson), believing Morris is only after the money, tells Catherine she will be disinherited if she marries him. Morris' true intentions are put to the test when he finds out about the amended will. Read More Read Less

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      Bob Thomas Associated Press The Heiress is a splendid job of recreating a century-old era and three characters thereof. William Wyler has made a fine film, avoiding the pitfalls of costume drama. Jul 25, 2019 Full Review Nell Minow Movie Mom Rated: 5/5 Nov 12, 2004 Full Review Rachel Wagner Rachel's Reviews (YouTube) Her transformation was so surprising! Very entertaining Oct 11, 2020 Full Review Tim Dirks Filmsite The Heiress (1949), as the theatrical poster declared, is "a truly great motion picture" - a bleak tale of crushed, heartbroken expectations and incisively-harsh retribution. The top-line, prestige production was directed by William Wyler... Rated: A+ Sep 29, 2019 Full Review James Kendrick Q Network Film Desk The film works so well because those surging emotional currents, although often pushed just below the surface, give it a constant tension that draws you in like a thriller. Rated: 4/4 May 17, 2019 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy A deft psychological drama powered by superlative performances. Rated: 4/4 May 11, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Georgan G Her character perfectly played by Olivia de Havilland, added to my love of watching the timid, brow-beaten woman become self-assured. So much so that she gets perfect revenge against the two men who betray her. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/07/23 Full Review Red T All Time Classic. The acting is really good across the board. The only issue is while I found each character riveting I didn't love most of them. I found Catherine & her father to be sympatheitc and well acted but never did I root for them. Clift was the best thing in this. Any scene he shares with Olivia is riveting. Everything else about this is pretty much flawless. The music is super memorable and distinct. The deep focus and subtle camera movement along with lavish set design is amazing to watch. This has a very distinct pacing to it that can feel a bit slow and dry a times but always makes up for it with scenes of Catherine & Morris together which are amazing and moving to watch. This blends melodrama and romance in a great coming of age tragedy seamlessly. I love how their scenes hold on long take close ups. The ending I didn't see coming also and made it worth while watching this and tragic. This is something everyone should give a try once. While I think it may not be loved by everyone I think its something everyone will find well made and interesting at the very least and riveting at best. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/03/23 Full Review Matthew B It has been a while since I read Washington Square, and I cannot fully comment on how far William Wyler's adaptation is true to the book. There is one important change in emphasis however. Henry James wrote his work with detachment and irony. We may feel a little sorry for Catherine Sloper, but we are never really invited to identify with her. Wyler's movie version is suffused with ideas of post-war feminist empowerment, and he therefore encourages the viewer to take Catherine's side. Whether or not this is an improvement on the book depends on one's viewpoint. It might be felt that this feminist triumphalism is a simplification of James' novel. Curiously the film's story about an unappreciated heroine rising in strength had a real-life echo. Catherine Sloper is played by Olivia de Havilland, and she too met with discouragement from her male co-stars. While the director fully believed in her, Ralph Richardson sought to upstage her, and Montgomery Clift sneered at her abilities as an actress. In the event, the film is de Havilland's. She went on to win an Oscar, while Clift walked out of a showing of the film because he was unhappy with his own performance. While The Heiress shares the same ending as the original book, there is a sharp change in tone that makes the story seem more modern. I wrote a longer appreciation (with spoilers) of The Heiress on my blog page if you would like to read more: https://themoviescreenscene.wordpress.com/2018/07/12/the-heiress-1949/ Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/24/23 Full Review Liam D An absolutely underrated movie from William Wyler (The Big Country, Friendly Persuasion) impressive and historical filmography Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Tom M Another one of those old films this is highly regarded that I found to be entertaining enough and reasonably well done, but I really don't understand why it is so highly regarded. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Mark A Olivia De Havilland gives a very moving performance, especially toward the end. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 12/16/22 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Catherine (Olivia de Havilland), a young woman who stands to inherit her father's large fortune, falls in love when she meets Morris (Montgomery Clift), who gives her the love and affection her father doesn't, and which she desperately needs. Catherine's father (Ralph Richardson), believing Morris is only after the money, tells Catherine she will be disinherited if she marries him. Morris' true intentions are put to the test when he finds out about the amended will.
      Director
      William Wyler
      Producer
      William Wyler
      Distributor
      MCA, Paramount Pictures
      Production Co
      Paramount Pictures
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 6, 1949, Wide
      Release Date (DVD)
      Feb 6, 2007
      Runtime
      1h 55m