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Sunset Boulevard (1950) Movie Information

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Overall Rank:

136

Avg. Rating:

3.22/4

# of Ratings:

306

Genres:

Mystery, Drama

Rating:

NR

Language:

English

Theater Date:

08/04/1950

DVD Release:

11/11/2008

Director:

Billy Wilder

Actors:

William Holden
Gloria Swanson
Nancy Olson
Erich von Stroheim
Jack Webb
Fred Clark

 

 

 

 

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Plot Outline:

A screenwriter is desperate for a job, when he finds himself in front of a legendary silent film era movie star. He writes script for her, but will it be good enough to make him famous? Or does he even want to be famous?

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mitchellyoung 12/01/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
4/4 

Wilder's meditation on fame and stardom is firmly rooted in terrific noir moments. The creepy setting of a vacuous Hollywood mansion - an altar to celebrity past - is fitting in a tale that walks the line between tragedy and black comedy. Wilder's writing has never been sharper, as he is able to cut deep into reflection on human emotion and Gloria Swanson gives a captivating, withering performance.

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Snoogans 05/28/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
4/4 

Here's one classic that I feel deserves all of it's praise. This satire has some great dark comedic moments and the story is a terrific mix of noir, romance and tragedy. Swanson's former star character contains all the right complexities of someone who's own line between reality and fiction has faded.

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sapien 04/04/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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2.5/4 

I seem to be the only person in the world who didn't particularly like this movie's ending. I did, however, think that the rest of it was pretty good.

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  Yojimbo
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03/05/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Sunset Boulevard" by Yojimbo

William Holden stars as a down on his luck screen writer who stumbles upon faded silent movie star Gloria Swanson whilst avoiding some repo men. He sees her as an opportunity to hustle a few bucks only to find himself mired deeper and deeper in her isolated, nightmarish little world. Another cynical classic from Billy Wilder, this film is a black hearted satire on Hollywood society and its obsession with image and self. Swanson is brilliant as the hilariously awful ex-starlet who surrounds herself with her own image, incapable of dealing with a world that has passed her by. Holden's character is not much more sympathetic as the self-interested operator, consumed with self loathing at his own parasitic relationship with the quite clearly insane old dame, and Erich Von Stroheim is creepy as...

Rating of
3/4 

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  Daniel Corleone
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10/09/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Sunset Boulevard review

Joseph C. Gillis (William Holden) accidentally parks into the garage of aging star Norma Desmond (Norma Swanson). Betty Shaefer (Olson) is assisted by Joseph in creating a screenplay while Norma’s loyal butler Max (von Stroheim) keeps an eye on him. One of a few noteworthy lines: Norma Desmond – “The stars are ageless, aren't they?” “All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up.” Joe Gillis – “Life can be beautiful!” Screenplay was well written and the plot very interesting. Soundtrack was soothing the ears unfortunately the characters were not likable. You have a girl about to get married and yet falls for a writer she doesn’t know well, the writer rides the wave of luck since her partner is rich while an fading Hollywood star tried to regain her glory by expecting a picture th...

Rating of
3.5/4 

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  mdtinney
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05/23/2010 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Film noir at it's best!

When I first saw this film I remember thinking "Why did I waste all those years of my life by not watching this movie? Why did I wait until now, when I could have already seen it hundreds of times?" It was such a treat to watch a classic that actually *is* a classic. Every aspect of this film is utterly without flaw and if Sunset Blvd. had been released in any other year it would have been showered with Oscars. Just imagine those poor voters, agonizing whether to choose All About Eve or this one (and the other nominees were no slouches, either). Gloria Swanson's career went pear-shaped after this movie, but its hard to see how she could ever have topped her fine work here. If you've never seen Sunset Blvd., do yourself a favour and watch this and enjoy one of the pure classics.

Rating of
3.5/4 

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