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      Peyton Place

      Released Dec 11, 1957 2h 37m Drama List
      65% Tomatometer 20 Reviews 73% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings In this adaptation of Grace Metalious' popular novel, steamy goings-on abound in the small, prim New England community of Peyton Place. Newcomer Michael Rossi (Lee Philips) arrives in town on the eve of World War II and is soon involved with gorgeous but prudish shop owner Constance MacKenzie (Lana Turner), who keeps some secrets from her daughter, Allison. Amidst engagements and school graduations, Michael discovers seething, dark undercurrents that include rape, suicide -- and murder. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Variety Staff Variety Under Mark Robson's direction, every one of the performers delivers a topnotch portrayal. Jul 6, 2010 Full Review Time Out It comes with its full quota of sex, conspiracy and violence, but the story is told in such circumspect fashion that next to nobody was offended. Jun 24, 2006 Full Review Kim Newman Empire Magazine Effective melodrama with some satisfying emotional confrontations, particularly from Lana Turner. Rated: 3/5 Apr 6, 2005 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Slick and satisfying. Rated: 3.5/4 Apr 10, 2022 Full Review André Bazin L'Obs (France) The greatness of American cinema resides not so much in its realism as in its aptitude for integrating that realism into the most varied styles or genres, setting them artistically free in the process. That is what's missing from Peyton Place. Dec 8, 2021 Full Review Janet Graves Photoplay Dealing with some rough material and several interlaced plots, this closeup of small-town life still has taste, dramatic urgency and emotional warmth. Rated: 4/4 Nov 17, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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      john l At the time, Peyton Place was risqué. The novel was a bestseller, not because it was particularly good, but, like Valley Of The Dolls, it was naughty about naughty people. Fast forward to today, it is quaint. Probably get a PG rating but a mild one at that. But for an old chestnut of a film, it's a hoot. The acting is serviceable in wonderful technicolor. The actors were the popular thespians of the time. No nudity. Lots of suggestion. Great for killing some time harking back to a time more innocent than today. Ripping the facade off of the denizens of Peyton Place you find more was going on than meets the eye, but by today's standards it's more amusing than shocking. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 10/21/23 Full Review Liam D A far too long sometimes rather dull melodrama saved by good performances Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/10/23 Full Review Audience Member One of the great melodramas of the 50s with a glorious Franz Waxman score. Beautifully photographed in Camden ME. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member It hasn't really aged well. Some of the messages are so shoved down your throat and/or corny. Nowadays no one seems to care that much about reputation/or things like if a woman is a virgin or not. However, some of the acting like by whoever played Allison was well done and some themes persist today (small town mindset, poor and rich, sexual abuse, etc...). I also liked following along with multiple characters in this little town over the years and the cinematography of that town. I also enjoyed the soap opera drama, the voice over acting, and watching some of the romances on screen. The one scene with Nellie I remember thinking that poor woman needs help/an ear and Constance isn't listening, rite before she offs herself. On the brink of something really good, probably better as a tv show. Would've been better had we had seen how Mr. Rossi and Constance romance evolved, stupid 50s censors lol. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Audience Member Hold up really well as a tribute to the culture of the 50's. Good cast. I was a kid when the scandalous book came out. Today, it seems like a fairy tale. Excellent film! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/16/21 Full Review steve d It is over the top but the actors hold it together. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In this adaptation of Grace Metalious' popular novel, steamy goings-on abound in the small, prim New England community of Peyton Place. Newcomer Michael Rossi (Lee Philips) arrives in town on the eve of World War II and is soon involved with gorgeous but prudish shop owner Constance MacKenzie (Lana Turner), who keeps some secrets from her daughter, Allison. Amidst engagements and school graduations, Michael discovers seething, dark undercurrents that include rape, suicide -- and murder.
      Director
      Mark Robson
      Producer
      Jerry Wald
      Screenwriter
      John Michael Hayes
      Distributor
      20th Century Fox
      Production Co
      Twentieth Century Fox
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 11, 1957, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jul 1, 2011
      Runtime
      2h 37m
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