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Rated NR · 122 minutes · 1951

George Stevens's overblown, Oscar-laden adaption of An American Tragedy (1951, 122 min.) is hopelessly inadequate as a reading of Dreiser's great novel, and as usual Stevens seems too preoccupied with the story's monumentality to have much curiosity about its characters. But William C. Mellor's cinematography and the star power of Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor manage to keep this going. Michael Wilson and Harry Brown wrote the script, and Shelley Winters gives a good performance in a thankless part.
Director: George Stevens
Writer: Theodore Dreiser, Patrick Kearney and Michael Wilson
Producer: George Stevens
Cast: Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Shelley Winters, Keefe Brasselle, Raymond Burr and Anne Revere

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