Excellent Movie on Tonight: The Heiress

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  1. jason_els

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    If you get TCM (Turner Classic Movies) set your DVR for 6pm EDT because William Wyler's, The Heiress is making her debut.

    Ten years after making Gone With the Wind, Olivia de Havilland made what is arguably her best picture and one of the best movies of all time.

    The Heiress is the story of a young woman with a suitor played by an absolutely stunning pre-car crash Montgomery Clift. She's got money, position, and a beautiful house on Washington Square. Will her grouchy and controlling widower father allow her to marry the man of her dreams or not?

    It's a simple plot really, not complicated in the least, but The Heiress is based upon the novel Washington Square written by Henry James; a most subtle and careful writer. The book was adapted into a stage play where de Havilland played the title role on Broadway. Combine the performances of Clift, Miriam Hopkins, the Oscar-winning performance of de Havilland, the Oscar-nominated performance of Sir Ralph Richardson and you have a cast capable of bringing a very simple story into the realm of believability. The Oscar-nominated score by Aaron Copland is just wonderful and Wyler, who directed such classics as Roman Holiday, Ben Hur, Funny Girl, Mrs. Miniver, Memphis Belle, and Wuthering Heights is just the director to bring this film to life.

    de Havilland will surprise you if you've never seen her outside of Gone With the Wind. Here she proves her acting capability as in no other film and she keeps you guessing right up to the very end in one of the most famous closing shots in movie history.

    Olivia de Havilland is still with us, one of the last, and the brightest of stars left, from Hollywood's Golden Era.

    I hope you enjoy this movie if you choose to watch it. Yeah it's melodramatic but it's good melodrama done with the most capable cast and crew Hollywood had. It's quite faithful to the play so there's little waste to the lines and plot flow. It just moves and keeps enough twists to hold your interest. That ending shot though, is not one you'll soon forget.

    The film did blockbuster business in the big cities when it opened but didn't do so hot across the country. It took time for The Heiress to find its audience and turned a profit after several months. What wasn't expected to happen was that the film would become like Citizen Kane, gaining in respect and prestige as it aged. Mike Nichols and Tom Cruise were planning to do a remake of The Heiress having loved the script but then they screened the original and realized it couldn't possibly be done any better. They'd be trampling on a classic. A remake was finally made under the original novel's title, Washington Square, but like most remade classics, it deviated so far from the original in an effort to be unique, that it crashed and burned.
     
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    I soooo wish I had cable!
     
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    This is a real classic - don't make movies like this anymore. Too bad!
     
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    Jason - hope U R feeling better!
     
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