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Dark Victory

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Edmund Goulding

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About the Movie

Acclaimed Academy Award-winner and Emmy-winner Bette Davis ("All About Eve," "What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?") stars in this three-hanky drama as a hedonistic socialite who is diagnosed with a fatal brain tumor and learns to value the simple things in life. Co-starring Oscar-winner Humphrey Bogart ("Casablanca," "The African Queen," "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre"), former president Ronald Reagan ("The Killers," "Knute Rockney, All American"), Oscar-nominee Geraldine Fitzgerald ("Wuthering Heights"), Oscar-nominee Henry Travers ("It's A Wonderful Life"), and George Brent ("Jezebel"). Davis' emotional performance earned her an Oscar nomination. An outstanding Hollywood production, it was nominated for Best Picture and Best Music.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 21
  • Fresh: 18
  • Rotten: 3
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Guilty pleasure: One of Warner's best acted melodramas and Bette Davis's all-time favorite, in which she lives hard but dies in dignity as an heiress gone blind. Also Davis revenge as Tallulah Bankhead failed to bring the role to life in the 1934 play. – Emanuel Levy, Variety, Mar 31, 2011

Fresh: Even by the standards of a typical Bette Davis melodrama Dark Victory is an embarrassment of riches. – Keith Uhlich, Slant Magazine, Feb 1, 2015

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Customer Reviews

awesome classic!!!

i wish there were more movies like this one!!!

Very Moving and So True!

If you just watch it to get the message of the movie, it is so worth it. Flawless acting, and a wonderful plot. It is a very moving picture that can't be overlooked!

One of Bette's Best

This film is a staple if you love old movies. Bette Davis plays a slightly spoiled rich girl with a brain tumor. The film follows her through many stages of the disease--from denial, to anger, to acceptance and grace. Along the road, she finds true love and her soul. This is definitely a classic for all times.

Dark Victory
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1939

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