Love is a Many-Splendored Thing

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Based on the autobiographical novel by Han Suyin, Love is a Many Splendored Thing was evocatively location-filmed in Hong Kong. Jennifer Jones plays Ms. Suyin, a Eurasian doctor and the widow of a Chinese general. She falls in love with American news correspondent Mark Elliot William Holden, who unfortunately cannot obtain a divorce from his present wife. This, together with the disapproval of Dr. Suyin's tradition-bound relatives and Hong Kong's strict racial laws, forces the couple to carry on their romance in ...
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Based on the autobiographical novel by Han Suyin, Love is a Many Splendored Thing was evocatively location-filmed in Hong Kong. Jennifer Jones plays Ms. Suyin, a Eurasian doctor and the widow of a Chinese general. She falls in love with American news correspondent Mark Elliot William Holden, who unfortunately cannot obtain a divorce from his present wife. This, together with the disapproval of Dr. Suyin's tradition-bound relatives and Hong Kong's strict racial laws, forces the couple to carry on their romance in a clandestine fashion. The romance ends in tragedy, but with renewed hope for a happier future. The one lasting legacy of Love is a Many Splendored Thing is its Oscar-winning title song, written by Paul Fain and Sammy Webster; Oscars also went to Alfred Newman's musical score and Charles LeMaire's costume design.
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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
An immensely popular tearjerker, Love is a Many-Splendored Thing has dated very badly through the years, but it still holds great appeal for aficionados of good soap operas. As an over-the-top romantic melodrama, it's hard to beat, but those who are not prone to tearing up at the sight of a forlorn Jennifer Jones standing bravely and lonely atop a high, windy hill would be well advised to look elsewhere -- and quickly. Love makes no attempt to disguise its soapiness, and it wears its manipulative nature right out on its sleeve -- and that gets quite wearying after a while. Fortunately, Love has a couple of classic weeper performances from Jones and William Holden, both of whom knew just how to play this kind of material for maximum effectiveness. Even more fortunately, Love has all the gorgeous surface trappings -- beautiful sets and scenery, gorgeous costumes, sumptuous photography, a sweepingly romantic score -- that provide the real joy in films of this type. The title song is also still memorable, although nowadays it may evoke laughter more than passion and tears. Love is anything but a great film, but it's the kind of guilty pleasure that many find irresistible.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/1/1993
  • UPC: 086162103933
  • Original Release: 1955
  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Format: VHS

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Performance Credits
William Holden Mark Elliott
Jennifer Jones Han Suyin
Torin Thatcher Mr. Palmer-Jones
Isobel Elsom Adeline Palmer-Jones
Virginia Gregg Ann Richards
Murray Matheson Dr. Tam
Candace Lee Oh-No
Richard Loo Robert Hung
Soo Yong Nora Hung
Philip Ahn Third Uncle
Jorja Curtright Suzanne
Donna Martell Suchen
Kam Tong Dr.Sen
James Hong 5th Brother
Marie Tsien Rosie Wu
Barbara Jean Wong Nurse
Kei Chung Interne
Aen Ling Chow
Edward Colmans Dining Room Captain
Ashley Cowan British Sailor
Lee Tung Foo Old Loo
Herbert Heyes Father Low
Walter Soo Hoo 3rd Brother
Joseph Kim Gen. Song
Marc Krah Wine Steward
Weaver Levy Soldier
Keye Luke Elder Brother
Stella Lynn
Henry S. Quan Officer
Beulah Quo Aunt
Leonard Strong Fortune Teller
Technical Credits
Henry King Director
Buddy Adler Producer
George W. Davis Production Designer
Sammy Fain Score Composer
Carl Faulkner Sound/Sound Designer
Charles LeMaire Costumes/Costume Designer
Alfred Newman Score Composer
John Patrick Screenwriter
William H. Reynolds Editor
Walter Scott Production Designer
Leon Shamroy Cinematographer
Jack Stubbs Production Designer
Lyle Wheeler Production Designer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Greatest Movie of All...

    This is a once in a lifetime movie! It is truly the best movie that I have ever seen. If you are looking for a great love movie- this is by far best!! !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful film not presented well on DVD

    This motion picture was shot in CinemaScope, which is best seen in the letterbox format when presented on television. The new DVD offereing is in the widescreen process. The vertical allows for a fuller picture top and bottom. but at the same time causes that flaw of distortion in the anamorphic process that shows people and things to appear scrunched up, too slim, when the picture is not allowed to be expanded to it's proper 2x1 width. Disappointing, but still worth having. 20th Century-Fox has many CinemaScope films still unreleased to DVD. It would be wonderful to see them released

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