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The Bad and the Beautiful

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Vincente Minnelli

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Plot Summary

Academy Award-winner Kirk Douglas ("Lust for Life," "Gunfight at O.K. Corral") stars in this drama about the life of an ambitious Hollywood producer, as seen through the eyes of a writer, a director, and an actress. Nominated for six Oscars, it won five, including Best Screenplay. Douglas was nominated for Best Actor. Gloria Grahame ("Oklahoma!," "Crossfire") received an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Lana Turner ("Peyton Place," "The Postman Always Rings Twice") delivers what many consider to be her finest performance as Douglas' actress lover. With Oscar-nominee Walter Pidgeon ("Mrs. Miniver," "Forbidden Planet"). Directed by Academy Award-winner Vincente Minnelli ("Gigi," "An American in Paris "). Acclaimed actor/producer John Houseman ("The Paper Chase," "Julius Caesar") produced. Inducted into the Library of Congress National Film Registry.

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Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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96%
  • Reviews Counted: 23
  • Fresh: 22
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 7.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Under Minnelli's direction it becomes a fascinating study of a man destroyed by the 50s success ethic, left broke, alone, and slightly insane in the end. – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Hollywood here looks diabolically seductive. – Peter Bradshaw, Guardian, Apr 19, 2012

Fresh: A gaudy soap opera that also manages to satirise gaudy soap operas. Hows about that? – David Jenkins, Little White Lies, Apr 19, 2012

Fresh: Douglas gives a terrific study of male ego, all relaxed charm and going places. – Cath Clarke, Time Out, Apr 17, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Kirk Douglas is Truly Evil & this movie is MEAN

So Kirk Douglas plays a manipulative Hollywood. At the beginning, Lana Turner and two other men are called in to his crumbling acting studio. His illustrious work is failing and he is asking them to help him out for one movie. Then it flashes back to how three different people (a producer, an actress, and a playwright) meet him, and how he betrays them.

This is kind of an odd movie. The performances and characters are impeccable and true art. The story was brilliant. However, the story didn't really fit me taste. But BUY IT. It is worth it.

The Bad and the Beautiful
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2002

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