Tea and Sympathy

A sensitive prepschooler called "sister boy" by his peers, is offered more than tea and sympathy by the lovely housemaster's wife to help the boy prove his manhood. The frankness may be muted but the power remains in this stellar film.
Tea and Sympathy
3.3K ratings
SALE: $10.80
List Price: $12.99
You Save: $2.19 (17% Off)
Available: Usually ships in 14-21 business days
Format:  DVD-R
item number:  WAC 631108D
on most orders of $75+

DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 2 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: January 18, 2011
  • Originally Released: 1956
  • Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Audio:
    • English

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Performer: , , , , , , , , , , &
Directed by
Edited by
Written by
Composition by
Produced by
Director of Photography:

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 10


User Ratings: 962
Dated and bowdlerized but nonetheless sincere. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Jan 1, 2000
...Very well acted by Ms. Kerr, Leif Erickson and Edward Andrews...
USA Today
Nov 30, 1990
Rating: B -- Though stale, betraying its theatrical origins (Kazan did it on stage), Minnelli's version still reflects the sexual and social anxieties of the McCarthy era as well as of his own life. Full Review
May 13, 2007
Surprising as it may seem, in the light of the screen's Production Code, which generally compels evasion of the more delicate sexual subjects in American films... Tea and Sympathy has been given a strong and sensitive screen rendering. Full Review
New York Times
Mar 25, 2006
The only two dramatic moments in the play have been so expanded, made so explicit, that they lose their impact. Full Review
The Spectator
Feb 15, 2019
Remarkable early report on The War on Homosexuals. Full Review
Classic Film and Television
Aug 26, 2006
The film's details -- indeed, its very timidity -- still ensure fascinating viewing. Full Review
Time Out
Jun 24, 2006

Description by OLDIES.com:

Homosexuality was a taboo subject in 1956 Hollywood. So it was a challenge for screenwriter Robert Anderson to adapt his hit Broadway play about a sensitive prepschooler called "sister boy" by his peers, and the lovely housemaster's wife who realizes she must offer more than tea and sympathy to help the boy prove his manhood. The frankness may be muted but the power remains in this stellar film. Under Vincente Minnelli's direction, Deborah Kerr and John Kerr reprise their Broadway roles as older woman and younger man in poignant performances that reveal the compassion and the torment of being human. Their stage costar Leif Erickson joins them in counterpoint as the emotionally clenched housemaster.

Product Description:

Film version of the Robert Anderson play about a prep school boy, thought by many to be homosexual, who turns out to have an affair with a teacher's wife.

Plot Synopsis:

An adaptation of the Broadway play about a sensitive boy accused of being a homosexual. Tim Robinson Lee is a delicate, artistically-inclined youth who doesn't engage in the libidinally-charged activities of his teenage classmates. As a result, he becomes the target of derision and misunderstanding -- attitudes that extend to the school's macho housemaster and the boy's own father. Only the wife of the housemaster, Laura Reynolds, has the heart and intelligence to see beyond the obvious and extend her friendship and sympathy to the boy.


Production Notes:

  • Color by Metrocolor. Shot in CinemaScope.
This product is made-on-demand by the manufacturer using DVD-R recordable media. Almost all DVD players can play DVD-Rs (except for some older models made before 2000) - please consult your owner's manual for formats compatible with your player. These DVD-Rs may not play on all computers or DVD player/recorders. To address this, the manufacturer recommends viewing this product on a DVD player that does not have recording capability.
Studio Vaults
Warner Archive Collection

Similar Products


Product Info

  • Sales Rank: 22,611
  • UPC: 883316311080
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
  • International Shipping: 1 item

To place an order or for customer service, call toll-free 1-800-336-4627 or outside the United States, call 1-610-649-7565
Open Monday-Friday: 9am-10pm, Weekends: 11am-7pm (Eastern Time)
Se habla Español! Spanish-speaking representatives available, Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm (Eastern Time)