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From the Terrace
     

From the Terrace

4.6 3
Director: Mark Robson

Cast: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Myrna Loy

 

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Though somewhat hampered by censorship restrictions, this cinemadaptation of John O'Hara's From the Terrace is still pretty raw for its time. Paul Newman stars as Alfred Eaton, an unhappily married financial adviser, while his real-life wife Joanne Woodward portrays Mary St. John, his promiscuous screen spouse. Mary's libertine behavior is a by-product of her

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Though somewhat hampered by censorship restrictions, this cinemadaptation of John O'Hara's From the Terrace is still pretty raw for its time. Paul Newman stars as Alfred Eaton, an unhappily married financial adviser, while his real-life wife Joanne Woodward portrays Mary St. John, his promiscuous screen spouse. Mary's libertine behavior is a by-product of her husband's inability to express love and affection, a trait he has inherited from his cold-blooded father. The deep-set reasons for this dysfunction, and Alfred's extramarital solution to his problem, are handled tastefully by director Mark Robson. Of the large supporting cast, Myrna Loy is a standout as Newman's alcoholic mother.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
There's soap galore in From the Terrace, a glossy domestic melodrama that's filled with good-looking rich people behaving in not-so-good ways and suffering for it. Based on a sprawling John O'Hara novel, Terrace does feature a good deal of O'Hara's flavorful dialogue, but without the epic context that the novel gave it, and without O'Hara's unique authorial voice, the dialogue comes across as rather unconvincing. The characters, too, are difficult to care much about; because of the gifted cast, they have an interest and an appeal, but their superficiality and coldness keep us at an arm's length even as the performers themselves make us want to care more about them. Everything looks gorgeous, from the clothes and the cars to the sets and the people, all wrapped up in Leo Tover's yummy cinematography. Mark Robson directs with his foot firmly on the brake, which is the last thing this over-long film needs. But the cast is so laden with star appeal that even his leaden helming can't sink the film. Paul Newman is at the height of his physical appeal, and cinematographer Tover loves to linger on his famous baby blues. Newman's hampered by the screenplay, but his star power triumphs. Joanne Woodward also has to fight the material, but her icy goddess is more fully realized. There's also good work from luscious Ina Balin, as well as from Leon Ames and Elizabeth Allen, but the best performance comes from Myrna Loy; when her character disappears, so does a good deal of the film's energy.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/20/2003
UPC:
0024543075493
Original Release:
1960
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital Stereo]
Sales rank:
16,696

Special Features

Closed Caption; Movie tone news: "From the Terrace Star Mobbed at Preview"; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Newman Alfred Eaton
Joanne Woodward Mary St. John
Myrna Loy Martha Eaton
Ina Balin Natalie
Leon Ames Samuel Eaton
Elizabeth Allen Sage Rimmington
Felix Aylmer MacHardie
George Grizzard Lex Porter
Patrick O'Neal Dr. Jim Roper
Raymond Greenleaf Fritz Thornton
Malcolm Atterbury George Fry
Raymond Bailey Mr. St. John
Ted de Corsia Mr. Benziger
Howard Caine Duffy
Kathryn Givney Mrs. St. John
Dorothy Adams Mrs. Benziger
Lauren Gilbert Frolick
Cecil Elliott Josephine
Gordon B. Clarke Weinkoop
Ralph Dunn Jones
John Harding Newton Orchid
Mae Marsh Governess
Jim Martin Sandy
Ottola Nesmith Lady Sevringham
Bill Quinn Von Elm
Stuart Randall Kelly
Felippa Rock Jean Duggy
Clive L. Halliday Lord Sevringham
Elektra Rozanska Mrs. Ripley
Barbara Eden Clemmie
Marie Blake Nellie
Rory Harrity Steve Rimmington

Technical Credits
Mark Robson Director,Producer
L.B. Abbott Special Effects
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
Paul S. Fox Set Decoration/Design
James B. Gordon Special Effects
Ernest Lehman Screenwriter
Maurice Ransford Art Director
Howard Richmond Art Director
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Dorothy Spencer Editor
Leo Tover Cinematographer
William Travilla Costumes/Costume Designer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [1:44]
2. Dead Drunk [1:56]
3. The Steel Magnate [3:41]
4. The Son Who Didn't Die [3:43]
5. Making Allowances [4:06]
6. The Argument Upstairs [2:58]
7. The Other Man [:52]
8. The Boss's Son [3:25]
9. A Hopeless Drunkard [4:23]
10. The Thorntons's Party [5:30]
11. Mary St. John [:16]
12. Mary's New Lover [3:23]
13. The St. Johns [2:25]
14. Five Hundred Dollars [6:05]
15. Samuel's Confessions [1:08]
16. A Transformed Life [1:01]
17. Wedding Day [2:50]
18. Bad News [1:54]
19. Woman-to-Woman [2:03]
20. Serious Talk [1:36]
21. Still in Love [1:07]
22. Sandy's Savior [2:29]
23. Chapter 23 [2:44]
24. MacHardie's Offer [3:12]
25. The Career Man [1:48]
26. Stuck in Mountain City [:09]
27. Natalie [4:00]
28. Lost in the Desert [1:45]
29. One Last Time [7:50]
30. Trouble in Your Home [4:53]
31. The Nassau Investigation [2:39]
32. Benziger's Daughter [5:28]
33. Please Want Me [3:41]
34. Nothing to Offer [4:37]
35. On Thin Ice [:36]
36. One Memorable Night [6:12]
37. Final Things [2:01]
38. It's Gone [1:59]
39. Alfred's Choice [5:04]
40. A New Lfie [1:48]

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From the Terrace 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie has a mix of intrigue, soap, love, revenge, and scandal - its just a great movie. Movies today could take lessons on how to tease the imagination, to stimulate the brain by working its own imagination and still maintain the character of the movie. This is when love story making was at its best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
John O'Hara's popular novel here receives a fine screen treatment.Mark Robson's film benefits from a solid Ernest Lehamn script, strong direction,a beautiful production,Elmer Bernstein's lovely score,and excellent performances by a fine cast.Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward are brilliant in the leading roles,but Ina Balin steals the movie in a wonderfully touching performance as Natalie. But there are two things wrong with this DVD,and that's why I gave it four stars and not five.The biggest problem is that at two hours and twenty-four minutes,the movie itself is far too long(Robson could have easily cut twenty minutes).The second thing is that Fox for some reason skimped on the special features-there's only scene selection,a few Newman-Fox trailers,and one brief newsreel.But all in all,this is a high- class soaper that delivers an evening of good entertainment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
when i first saw this movie, from the terrace i fell in love. i could not remember the title until one weekend amc was having a birthday celebration for paul newman. i watched that movie as many times as they played it. i love the scene between him and the daughter of the coal miner exc. so suttle. watching each other from the sly. her reading a book was a good angle. it was love at first sight. so charged with energy. joanne was wife ex-straw-der ner. just beautiful, simply beautiful. i like love stories that leave the rest to the imagination and my imagination ran a muck. paul newman was fantastic. 5 star movie. thanks for releasing it for the public to buy. from the terrace will complete the list of favorites from paul & joanne charlotte