Tea and Sympathy
Warner Archive Collection (series)
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.
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- 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
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Performer:||Leif Erickson, John Kerr, Edward Andrews, Darryl Hickman, Dean Jones, Norma Crane, Jacqueline deWit, Tom Laughlin, Peter Votrian, Steve Terrell, Kip King & Richard Tyler|
|Directed by||Vincente Minnelli|
|Edited by||Ferris Webster|
|Written by||Robert Anderson|
|Composition by||Adolph Deutsch|
|Produced by||Pandro S. Berman|
|Director of Photography:||John Alton|
Dated and bowdlerized but nonetheless sincere. Full Review
...Very well acted by Ms. Kerr, Leif Erickson and Edward Andrews...
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
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
The only two dramatic moments in the play have been so expanded, made so explicit, that they lose their impact. Full Review
Remarkable early report on The War on Homosexuals. Full Review
Classic Film and Television
The film's details -- indeed, its very timidity -- still ensure fascinating viewing. Full Review
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.
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.
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.
- Color by Metrocolor. Shot in CinemaScope.
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