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      The Story of Temple Drake

      Released May 6, 1933 1h 10m Drama List
      86% Tomatometer 7 Reviews 65% Audience Score 250+ Ratings A hedonistic woman kills her rapist and admits to it during trial to save a man who is falsely accused. Read More Read Less

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      Nicholas Bell The film, directed by Stephen Roberts, is a progressive provocation riding solely on its considerable shock value as well as a signature role for actress Miriam Hopkins. Rated: 3/5 Aug 10, 2020 Full Review Nathanael Hood The Retro Set Essential Pre-code cinema? Yes. Rated: 7/10 Jan 9, 2020 Full Review Mattie Lucas From the Front Row Made with the full knowledge of how society at large felt about "girls like her," and those stereotypes of the "loose woman" are consistently interrogated and subverted. Rated: 3.5/4 Jan 4, 2020 Full Review James Kendrick Q Network Film Desk quite a good film apart from its scandalous reputation, which tends to overshadow any of its other accomplishments Rated: 3/4 Dec 27, 2019 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy If anyone needs an example of the sort of movie that forced the Hays Office prudes to become moral watchdogs over the American film industry, The Story of Temple Drake will serve just fine. Rated: 3/4 Dec 15, 2019 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Dated melodrama. Rated: C+ Nov 8, 2012 Full Review Read all reviews

      Audience Reviews

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      acsdoug D Excellent pre-coder with an excellent performance by the lovely Miriam Hopkins. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 05/21/24 Full Review Steve D I applaud Hopkins but she alone can't make it do anything but shock. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/03/24 Full Review Tom M The film has a reputation for being racy and scandalous for its era. It may be, but there are many pre-code movies that are far more lewd and suggestive than this. Hopkins is perfect as she goes from spoiled to victim to redemption. Perhaps her finest dramatic performance. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 05/23/20 Full Review Audience Member I've never been a huge Faulkner fan, but I wanted to watch this because it was so controversial at the time that it was banned and remains difficult to find even today. This movie is one of the films that was directly responsible for the enactment of the Hays Code. I don't like people telling me what I'm not supposed to watch, so I sought it out. It's a good story that addresses some of the misogynistic views toward sexual assault that we still cling to today. The last time I checked it was available in its entirety on Youtube. Watch it. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Audience Member great supporting cast Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Disappointing pre-code film. While certainly dark in tone, it doesn't have the punch of Faulkner's novel. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis A hedonistic woman kills her rapist and admits to it during trial to save a man who is falsely accused.
      Stephen Roberts
      Benjamin Glazer
      William Faulkner, Oliver H.P. Garrett, Maurine Dallas Watkins
      Paramount Pictures
      Production Co
      Paramount Pictures
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      May 6, 1933, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Aug 1, 2018
      1h 10m