Sweet Bird of Youth
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Sweet Bird of Youth

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Director: Richard Brooks

Cast: Paul Newman, Geraldine Page, Shirley Knight

     
 

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Paul Newman recreates his Broadway role in the 1962 film version of Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth. Newman plays handsome hustler Chance Wayne, who romances fading film star Alexandra Del Lago (Geraldine Page) in hopes of winning a movie contract for himself. The mercenary Wayne and the self-destructive Alexandra find themselves in Chance's home town,See more details below

Overview

Paul Newman recreates his Broadway role in the 1962 film version of Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth. Newman plays handsome hustler Chance Wayne, who romances fading film star Alexandra Del Lago (Geraldine Page) in hopes of winning a movie contract for himself. The mercenary Wayne and the self-destructive Alexandra find themselves in Chance's home town, where corrupt politician Boss Finley (Oscar-winner Ed Begley) rules the roost. Finley's daughter Heavenly (Shirley Knight), impregnated by Chance during his last visit, dreams of a reunion with her old beau, but Finley and his brutish son Tom Jr. (Rip Torn) make certain that no such reunion occurs. Even the well-intentioned interventions of Heavenly's Aunt Nonny (Mildred Dunnock) fail to move the stubborn Finley. Warned to leave town or risk a broken skull, Chance is dumped by Alexandra, whose recent "comeback" film has proven a success and who thus no longer needs a gigolo to feed her ego. From this point on, Richard Brooks' screenplay departs so radically from the Tennessee Williams original that to elucidate the differences would require a book in itself. Suffice to say that the play's Chance Wayne is rendered "less than a man" by the vengeful Finley, whereas the film's Wayne emerges with all his working parts intact. A second version Sweet Bird of Youth (1989), purportedly based on Williams' own rewrite of his earlier material, was filmed for television in 1989, with Elizabeth Taylor and Mark Harmon in the leads, and with Rip Torn, Tom Finley Jr. in the original, stepping into the role of Boss Finley.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/02/2006
UPC:
0012569573123
Original Release:
1962
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:00:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; New featurette Sweet Bird of Youth: Chasing Time; Vintage Geraldine Page and Rip Torn screen test; Theatrical trailer; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Newman Chance Wayne
Geraldine Page Alexandra Del Lago, Princess Cosmonopolous
Shirley Knight Heavenly Finley
Ed Begley "Boss" Finley
Rip Torn Thomas J. Finley, Jr.
Mildred Dunnock Aunt Nonnie
Madeleine Sherwood Miss Lucy
Philip Abbott Dr. George Scudder
Corey Allen Scotty
Barry Cahill Bud
Dub Taylor Dan Hatcher
James Douglas Leroy
Barry Atwater Ben Jackson
Charles Arnt Mayor Henricks
Dorothy Konrad Mrs. Maribelle Norris
James Chandler Prof. Brutus Haven Smith
Robert Burton Director
Roy E. Glenn Charles
Davis Roberts Fly
Mike Steen Deputy
Kelly Thordsen Sheriff Clark
William Forrest Benny Taubman

Technical Credits
Richard Brooks Director,Screenwriter
Robert Armbruster Musical Direction/Supervision
Henry Berman Editor
Pandro S. Berman Producer
Lee Le Blanc Special Effects
George W. Davis Art Director
Harold Gelman Score Composer
Henry W. Grace Set Decoration/Design
Hugh Hunt Set Decoration/Design
Milton Krasner Cinematographer
Urie McCleary Art Director
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Tennessee Williams Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sweet Bird of Youth
1. Boozing Cruising Credits [3:40]
2. Checking In [4:56]
3. Get Out of Town [5:18]
4. Unavailable [3:16]
5. Boss Finley [5:14]
6. Fanfare and Theme Song [3:47]
7. A Man Going Places [3:32]
8. The Gullible [3:29]
9. Heavenly's Choice [4:29]
10. Nice Monster [5:39]
11. The Camera Doesn't Lie [5:17]
12. For the Record [4:18]
13. Shameless Lovers [4:37]
14. Easter Surprise [5:34]
15. Bound for Successville [5:26]
16. War Wipeout [2:36]
17. A Lurch in Church [5:03]
18. Brass Ring [6:48]
19. Tom Jr.'s Warning [5:58]
20. Experts at Pretending [2:40]
21. Unfinished Business [4:13]
22. Forget About Me [3:04]
23. The Rally [2:08]
24. Walter Winchell's Call [4:52]
25. Faces in the Mirror [4:40]
26. Public and Private Hell [3:06]
27. Goodbye, Meal Ticket [3:41]
28. Leaving Time [2:15]

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