The Magnificent Ambersons Movie Review 1942

Information and Film Reviews for The Magnificent Ambersons the Movie

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Welles's second film. A fascinating, inventive translation of the Booth Tarkington novel about a wealthy turn of the century family collapsing under the changing currents of progress. Pure Welles, except the glaringly bad tacked-on ending that the studio shot (under the direction of the great Robert Wise and Fred Fleck), after taking the film from him. It seems they wanted the proverbial happy ending.


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Available on VHS
Running time 88 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Family Ties, Price of Fame, Period Piece: 1900s, Family Drama, 4 Bones
Orson Welles
Joseph Cotten, Anne Baxter, Tim Holt, Richard Bennett, Dolores Costello, Erskine Sanford, Ray Collins, Agnes Moorehead
Freddie Fleck, Robert Wise, Orson Welles
Bernard Herrmann, Roy Webb


Natl. Film Reg. 1991;; N.Y. Film Critics 1942: Actress (Moorehead).

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