Sunset Boulevard (1950)Closed Captioning
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Gloria Swanson, as Norma Desmond, an aging silent-film queen, and William Holden, as the struggling young screenwriter who is held in thrall by her madness, created two of the screen's most memorable characters in "Sunset Boulevard." Winner of three Academy Awards®, director Billy Wilder's powerful orchestration of the bizarre tale is a true cinematic classic. From the unforgettable opening sequence -- a body found floating in a decayed mansion's swimming pool -- through the inevitable unfolding of tragic destiny, "Sunset Boulevard" is the definitive statement on the dark and desperate side of Hollywood. Erich von Stroheim as Desmond's discoverer, ex-husband and butler, and Nancy Olson as the bright spot amidst unrelenting ominousness, are equally celebrated for their masterful performances.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 57
- Fresh: 56
- Rotten: 1
- Average Rating: 9.3/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: While all the acting is memorable, one always thinks first and mostly of Miss Swanson, of her manifestation of consuming pride, her forlorn despair and a truly magnificent impersonation of Charlie Chaplin.
Fresh: ...They rate a nod for daring, as well as credit for an all-around filmmaking job that, disregarding the unpleasant subject matter, is a standout.
Fresh: What's not recognized enough is the indelible, self-sickened performance of William Holden as Desmond's boy-toy/hired hack.
Fresh: Still the best Hollywood movie ever made about Hollywood.
Great Movie, but...
This is a FANTASTIC movie that easily translates across generations. But I'd sure rather own it than rent it!
I LOVE THIS MOVIE!
I'm only 10 and i loved it!
OMG Norma Desmond scares me! This is one of the best movies from the 50's. iTunes, I approve. :)
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 1950
- © 1950 by Paramount Pictures; Renewed 1978. All Rights Reserved.TM & 2008 by Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.