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Sunset Boulevard (1950)

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Billy Wilder

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About the Movie

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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 60
  • Fresh: 59
  • 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. – Thomas M. Pryor, New York Times, Jul 7, 2010

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. – William Brogdon, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: What's not recognized enough is the indelible, self-sickened performance of William Holden as Desmond's boy-toy/hired hack. – Michael Atkinson, Village Voice, Dec 3, 2003

Fresh: Still the best Hollywood movie ever made about Hollywood. – Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Great Movie, but...

This is a FANTASTIC movie that easily translates across generations. But I'd sure rather own it than rent it!


I'm only 10 and i loved it!


One of my favorite film noirs, I firmly believe that Gloria Swanson was robbed of an Oscar. Her preformance is nothing short of brilliant. I realize that when it was released, it wasn't as popular as it is today but how could they deny Gloria's amazing transformation into Norma Desmond?

Rent or buy (which I recommend) this film! You won't regret it!

Sunset Boulevard (1950)
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 1950

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