A Place in the Sun


Release Date 1951-08-14
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A Place in the Sun

A Place in the Sun is a 1951 American drama film based on the 1925 novel An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser and the play, also titled An American Tragedy. It tells the story of a working-class young man who is entangled with two women; one who works in his wealthy uncle's factory and the other a beautiful socialite. The novel had been filmed once before, as An American Tragedy, in 1931. A Place in the Sun was directed by George Stevens from a screenplay by Harry Brown and Michael Wilson, and stars Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, and Shelley Winters; its supporting actors included Anne Revere, and Raymond Burr. The film was a critical and commercial success, winning six Academy Awards and the first ever Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama. In 1991, A Place in the Sun was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

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Actors & Characters

Montgomery Clift Montgomery Clift George Eastman George Eastman
Elizabeth Taylor Elizabeth Taylor Angela Vickers Angela Vickers
Shelley Winters Shelley Winters Alice Tripp Alice Tripp
Anne Revere Anne Revere Hannah Eastman Hannah Eastman
Keefe Brasselle Keefe Brasselle Earl Eastman Earl Eastman
Fred Clark Fred Clark Bellows, defense attorney Bellows, defense attorney
Raymond Burr Raymond Burr Dist. Atty. R. Frank Marlowe Dist. Atty. R. Frank Marlowe
Herbert Heyes Herbert Heyes Charles Eastman Charles Eastman
Shepperd Strudwick Shepperd Strudwick Anthony 'Tony' Vickers Anthony 'Tony' Vickers
Frieda Inescort Frieda Inescort Mrs. Ann Vickers Mrs. Ann Vickers


William C. Mellor Cinematography
George Stevens Director
William Hornbeck Editor
Franz Waxman Music
George Stevens Producer
Harry Brown Writer
Michael Wilson Writer