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Leave Her to Heaven

Released Dec 20, 1945 1h 51m Crime Drama List
85% Tomatometer 67 Reviews 85% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings
While on a train, writer Richard Harland (Cornel Wilde) strikes up a relationship with the gorgeous Ellen Berent (Gene Tierney). Ellen quickly becomes obsessed with Richard and abandons her fiancé, Russell Quinton (Vincent Price), to be with him. The couple rushes into marriage, with both of them caught up in romance and Richard intrigued by Ellen's intensity. Only after settling into marriage, however, does Richard realize that she is psychotically jealous and highly unstable. Read More Read Less
Leave Her to Heaven

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Leave Her to Heaven suffers from a surfeit of unlikable characters, but the solid cast -- led by an outstanding Gene Tierney -- makes it hard to turn away.

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Kevin Maher Times (UK) This demented relationship drama by John M Stahl, starring the golden era actress Gene Tierney, is the original Fatal Attraction but better, deeper and darker. Rated: 5/5 Mar 25, 2024 Full Review Eleanor Wilson Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com Leave Her to Heaven is a well-done picture and rates as good screen entertainment. Sep 29, 2021 Full Review Wanda Hale New York Daily News Director Stahl has certainly made the most out of the book and done well directing the young players. Rated: 3.5/4 Sep 29, 2021 Full Review Sean Axmaker Stream on Demand Part Technicolor film noir and part dark romantic melodrama with a psychotic beauty at its center, John Stahl’s gorgeous Leave Her to Heaven is the original Fatal Attraction as a lush melodrama in a picture-perfect world of affluence... Aug 5, 2022 Full Review Virginia Wright Illustrated Daily News (Los Angeles) Overlong In the telling and continuously melodramatic, Leave Her to Heaven is nevertheless a plausible version of the book. Sep 29, 2021 Full Review Marcy Townsley Austin American-Statesman It's a bright, beautiful, shiny apple of a picture, all pith inside. Sep 29, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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Karen R I found the lead actor a little unappealing so couldn't get what the obsession was from Ellen - she had some great clothes. The title is rather silly and doesn't add to the theme of the movie at all unless its a old Hollywood tip of the hat to religion which otherwise is missing from the whole story. Its visually interesting to watch the sets, the fussy Bar Harbour set which looks like a stage set and the fake outdoors in some parts, but worth a look to see how gorgeous the lead lady was and also Jeanne Craig... my sympathies are drawn to Ellen's mother whose marriage was ruined by the daughter and who obviously liked her adopted daughter much more. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/29/24 Full Review Alec B A really strange technicolor noir/melodrama. As silly as a lot of the movie is, there is something strangely beguiling about it. I think the key ingredient is Tierney who gives a performance that sidesteps a lot of the era's conventional femme fatale traits (more subtle and unnerving than outwardly evil) even after she's exposed to the other characters. Also, everyone involved plays this thing straight without much overacting which invites the audience to take all of this seriously. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/21/24 Full Review Farah R One of my favorite classic Hollywood films ever made, Leave Her to Heaven proves that good writing and acting are the two most essential factors in creating a timeless masterpiece. The film's plot is fascinating, and thanks to the solid performances of the entire cast, it's told aptly in a beautifully shot motion picture. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 05/02/23 Full Review Mark A Gene Tierney at her most beautiful. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 12/20/22 Full Review Audience Member It's OK, but somewhat melodramatic for my taste. Vincent Price is humorous at the end as the District Attorney that can do anything he wants in court and isn't challenged. Talk about harassing the witness! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review naadhira a A lot of fun female leads in this film. A gentle reminder of obsessive, toxic relationships and they pull they have to transform a person to someone who is unrecognizable. Rural Maine is beautiful! Take me to Back of the Moon! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis While on a train, writer Richard Harland (Cornel Wilde) strikes up a relationship with the gorgeous Ellen Berent (Gene Tierney). Ellen quickly becomes obsessed with Richard and abandons her fiancé, Russell Quinton (Vincent Price), to be with him. The couple rushes into marriage, with both of them caught up in romance and Richard intrigued by Ellen's intensity. Only after settling into marriage, however, does Richard realize that she is psychotically jealous and highly unstable.
Director
John M. Stahl
Producer
William A. Bacher
Distributor
20th Century Fox
Production Co
Twentieth Century Fox
Genre
Crime, Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Dec 20, 1945, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Apr 10, 2018
Runtime
1h 51m
Sound Mix
Stereo