Other Side of Midnight

Other Side of Midnight

Director: Charles Jarrott

Cast: Charles Jarrott, Marie-France Pisier, John Beck, Susan Sarandon

     
 

One woman's life of love and larceny is recounted in this soapy drama based on the best-selling novel by Sidney Sheldon. In the midst of WWII, innocent French girl Noelle Page (Marie-France Pisier) falls in love with dashing American pilot Larry Douglas (John Beck). When Larry is given new orders taking him back to America, he tells Noelle that he'll come back for her… See more details below

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One woman's life of love and larceny is recounted in this soapy drama based on the best-selling novel by Sidney Sheldon. In the midst of WWII, innocent French girl Noelle Page (Marie-France Pisier) falls in love with dashing American pilot Larry Douglas (John Beck). When Larry is given new orders taking him back to America, he tells Noelle that he'll come back for her -- when he doesn't, she becomes bitter and pledges to use men for their money and power, not for love. Noelle goes on to become a famous actress and weds Constantin Demeris (Raf Vallone), a Greek multi-millionaire. But she can't shake her passion for Larry, and eventually she hires him to work as her personal pilot. While at first he does not recognize her, soon Larry and Noelle are once again involved in a torrid affair, and when Larry's wife Catherine (Susan Sarandon) refuses to give him a divorce, he and Noelle begin planning a scheme to arrange an "accidental" death for Catherine. The Other Side of Midnight marked the American debut of actress Marie-France Pisier, following her role in the international success Cousin, Cousine. 20th Century Fox presents this film in its Cinema Classics Collection, which comes with an anamorphic 1.85:1 widescreen picture and bonus materials that are highlighted by an audio commentary discussion with producer Frank Yablans, director Charles Jarrorr and author Sidney Sheldon, lead by film historian Laurent Bouzeraeu.

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Editorial Reviews

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This epic, lavish adaptation of Sidney Sheldon's best -selling 1974 novel is so misguided in so many ways that it plays like a self-parody instead of the glossy romantic tragedy the filmmakers obviously intended. The first problem is the script, which mixes ludicrous plotting, paper-thin characterizations and howl-worthy dialogue into one overstuffed, wrong-headed mess. To make matters worse, the story's tone shifts back and forth between screwball comedy and lurid melodrama in a thoroughly jarring fashion and it gives the viewer no reason to become emotionally involved in what's going on (John is such an obvious cad from the start that it seems ludicrous for the film's two heroines fall in love with him). Director Charles Jarrott only accentuates these problems by giving the film a limp pace that makes its two hour and forty minute running time positively numbing and a flat, television-styled look that robs the film's locations of their color and appeal. The final nail in the coffin of The Other Side Of Midnight is its misguided casting: Susan Sarandon is likable and energetic as Catherine but Marie-France Pisier's acting style is too steeped in remote, European cool to hit the melodramatic heights the character of Noelle requires and John Beck lacks the looks and charisma to make Larry the lady-killer the plot needs. To sum up, The Other Side Of Midnight is so inept that it might amuse devotees of camp misfires (Andy Warhol once proclaimed it one of his favorite films because of its plastic quality) will test the patience of most other viewers.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/06/2007
UPC:
0024543412090
Original Release:
1977
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:46:00
Sales rank:
11,522

Special Features

A commentary discussion with legendary producer Frank Yablans, director Charles Jarrorr and author Sidney Sheldon, lead by film historian Laurent Bouzeraeu; Still gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marie-France Pisier Noelle Page
John Beck Larry Douglas
Susan Sarandon Catherine
Raf Vallone Constantin Demeris
Clu Gulager Bill Fraser
Christian Marquand Armand Gautier
Michael Lerner Barbet
Sorrell Booke Lanchon
Louis Zorich Demonides
Charles Cioffi Chotas
Dimitra Arliss Sister Teresa
Jan Arvan Warden
Josette Banzet Madame Rose
Matilda Calnan Old Dressmaker
John Chappell Doc Peterson
Lilyan Chauvin Mrs. Page
Denise de Mirjian Nun
Roger Etienne Jacques Page
Howard Hesseman O'Brien
George Keymas Dr. K
Lidia Kristen Housekeeper
Curt Lowens Henri Correger
Peter Mamakos Cocyannis
Jacques Maury Philippe Sorel
Louis Mercier Paris Cab Driver
Noelle Page Actor
Antony Ponzini Paul Metaxas
Lina Raymond Sultry Girl
Charles Siebert Steve
George Skaff Doctor
George Sperdakos Spyros
Roger Til Hotel Detective
Titos Vandis President of Council
Than Wyenn Greek Priest

Technical Credits
Charles Jarrott Director
Jack B. Bernstein Associate Producer
Raphael Bretton Set Decoration/Design
Fred Brost Asst. Director
Donn Cambern Editor
John De Cuir Production Designer
Lee C. Harman Makeup
Robert Huke Camera Operator
Larry Jost Sound/Sound Designer
Fred Koenekamp Cinematographer
Harold Kress Editor
Michel Legrand Score Composer
Anthony Mondello Set Decoration/Design
Herman Raucher Screenwriter
Irene Sharaff Costumes/Costume Designer
Theodore Soderberg Sound/Sound Designer
Daniel Taradash Screenwriter
Frank Yablans Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Other Side of Midnight
1. Main Titles [3:55]
2. Noelle [4:08]
3. Learning the Truth [4:08]
4. Catherine [:59]
5. Arrival in Paris [5:02]
6. Larry [5:58]
7. Love and Romance [3:40]
8. Their Last Night [:22]
9. Not Promoted, But Not Fired [5:13]
10. Left Alone [5:24]
11. Pregnant [:26]
12. A New Direction [3:14]
13. A Hollywood Producer [5:13]
14. Keeping a Secret [:38]
15. Larry Woos Catherine [6:25]
16. News of a Wedding [:30]
17. A Rising Star [3:06]
18. Constantin [5:17]
19. A New Romance [4:19]
20. Noelle's Plan [2:00]
21. Meeting the Boss [5:19]
22. Recognition [3:58]
23. The Flight to Zurich [6:21]
24. A Rekindled Romance [1:15]
25. What Noelle Wants [6:34]
26. Attempted Murder [3:42]
27. Hiding From Her Husband [5:00]
28. Claim of Innocence [5:25]
29. The Trial [4:51]
30. Verdict [4:28]
31. Death by Firing Squad [5:41]
32. Finding Catherine/End Credits [:10]

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