A man tries to clear the name of his executed father. This film is based on Maxwell Anderson's classic Broadway play.
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  • Based On The Play By Maxwell Anderson
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 17 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: May 20, 2003
  • Originally Released: 1936
  • Label: Alpha Video
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33

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User Ratings: 92
Splendid screen version of Maxwell Anderson's poetic stage drama. Not for children, however. Full Review
Maclean's Magazine
Jul 22, 2019

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A young man (Burgess Meredith), returns to New York City 15 years after his father (John Carradine) was tried and executed for a murder he did not commit. His search to find the real killers brings him to the slums of the city, where he falls in love with a young girl, Marianne (Margo), and uncovers the truth he's been searching for his entire life.

Adapted from the Broadway play by Maxwell Anderson ("Key Largo," "The Bad Seed"), and nominated for two Academy Awards, Winterset is a moody journey into the dark arms of malice, murder and retribution. A rain-drenched testament to the tortured human condition.

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Based on Maxwell Anderson's Broadway play, this crime drama centers around Meredith's struggle to clear the name of his father who was executed for a crime he didn't commit. Academy Award Nominations: 2.


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Pretty Good Movie Lover: from Walnut Creek, CA US -- January, 25, 2009

Anderson received the NY Drama Critics Circle award for Winterset. As a movie it struggles to overcome staginess and some deep implausibility, but it is well filmed, even if it is hard to swallow The Penguin as a romantic lead. Inspired by the Sacco and Vinzetti case. Music by Nathaniel Shilkret. Nominated for best art direction and musical scoring Oscars. Good print.

Powerful poetic drama . . . Movie Lover: from Cincinnati, OH US -- November, 10, 2004

Because of the poetic treatment of this contemporary urban tale, this film isn't going to appeal to everybody. But if you bring your imagaination, and let the film work its magic, you will be moved.

The original leading actors from the Broadway production are here -- Burgess Meredith (his movie debut), Margo, and Eduardo Cianelli, and all turn in sterling performances.

Print quality is very good -- a little worn, but still very watchable. You won't be disappointed.

Winterwhat? Movie Lover: from Columbia, MD US -- July, 24, 2003

I still have no idea what the title is supposed to mean, but the movie is fun if one doesn't mind melodrama. Obviously inspired by the Sacco & Vanzetti case, the story makes John Carradine a Christlike Italian immigrant unjustly convicted of murder due to "radical" beliefs not far from FDR's New Deal. Years later, his son, played by young Burgess Meredith, tries to clear his name, while the real killer (played by Eduardo Cianelli), just out of stir, tries to kill him and anyone else connected with the crime. The movie reflects its stage origins in using a small number of sets, setting up a nice claustrophobia when it looks like Meredith can't leave the crowded hovel of a vital witness without getting shot.

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  • Sales Rank: 4,763
  • UPC: 089218625892
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