The Little Foxes

The Little Foxes

DVD - 2014
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An evil southern woman sets out to destroy everyone in the way of her goals of wealth and power.


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Jan 13, 2017

Birdie just wants to go back to Lionnet - to happy memories of her mother that Zan will never have of hers. having been married for her plantation, she is continually shamed and mocked by her husband and his family, except for Alexandra.

not realizing it is a nefarious request, Alexandra lovingly does her mother's bidding and brings her father home from the hospital. she lives to regret bringing him home, but in the end learns to speak her own mind.

Regina plots revenge on all who go against her wishes - reminds me of current politics.

Sep 26, 2015

Waited months (4) for this movie and although it took a while to get drawn in, found myself entranced at a certain point by plot/acting etc., Sets are great too, all those huge, lavishly furnished rooms, balconey etc. Kept harkening back to movie Jezebel while watching, trying to decide which was the better movie - Jezebel of course, although this was good too. B. Davis just makes the movie!

Jan 27, 2015

Lillian Hellman’s hard-hitting play about avarice and corruption in a wealthy southern family circa 1900 leaps effortlessly onto the big screen thanks to a convincing cast and seamless direction. When a yankee entrepreneur decides to invest in a cotton mill for their small town, the three Hubbard siblings, Regina, Oscar and Ben, are only too happy to enter into what promises to be a very lucrative partnership. With cheap, exploitable labour and free water access guaranteed by the governor the greedy trinity have only to provide the remaining capital to cement the deal. Unfortunately Regina’s estranged husband controls her purse strings and being a man of honour he refuses to back any venture which takes advantage of the poor and defenseless. With their dreams of wealth and power thus threatened, the Hubbards quickly prove that they are willing to stoop to any depths in order to get what they want, no matter who gets hurt in the process. Director William Wyler doesn’t miss a single nuance in Hellman’s brilliant script; beneath the cultured niceties and layers of pancake make-up there is an aura of wickedness and decay in the Hubbard household as brothers and sister growl and snap at each other while Regina’s frail husband clings desperately to his values and her young daughter suddenly finds herself at a moral crossroads. Bette Davis is superb as Regina, a venom-spitting cobra with puppy dog eyes. Her restrained performance gives us a character who is ruthless yet terribly vulnerable; even in the midst of her vitriolic tirades we catch brief glimpses of helpless rage and immense tragedy. But it is Patricia Collinge as Aunt Birdie, Oscar’s browbeaten wife whose family once owned the plantation which the Hubbards now claim as their own, who gives the film its soul. Ignored, mocked, and ridiculed at every turn her pathetic attempts to regain the respectability she once enjoyed is the very essence of faded southern gentility in the years following the Civil War. As one black servant succinctly sums it up, “There are those who’d eat the world...and those who’d just sit and watch.” It’s these prophetic words, later paraphrased with ominous overtones by Ben Hubbard, which give this 70-year old drama an uncomfortably contemporary feel.

Sep 19, 2014

"Little Foxes" was first a very successful play on Broadway. Director William Wyler was smart enough to have Lillian Hellman who wrote the play, be his screenwriter. He also used cinematographer Gregg Toland, who is famous for his work on such film as "The Grapes of Wrath" and "The Best Years of Our Lives". If you liked those films, then "Little Foxes" won't disappoint you. Bette Davis plays Regina Giddens who will stop at nothing to get her way. I can't think of actress better suited for the role. The other cast members are Herbert Marshall, Teresa Wright, Dan Duryea, and Richard Hewitt. In 1941 "Little Foxes: was nominated for 9 Academy Awards and was rated by NBR as one of the top ten movies of the year. It will be in your top ten movie list once you see this classic movie. Some feel this is Bette Davis at her best. I don't see how you can come out not being a winner with "The Little Foxes".
P.S. KCLS has 2 copies of "The Little Foxes". At present, both are available. Now would be the perfect time to watch this masterpiece of classic film making.

hania4987 Oct 15, 2013

fascinating portrayal of a dysfunctional family filled with cruelty, duplicity and avarice. A Hollywood classic and one of William Wyler's masterpieces. Outstanding!

HOL Dec 21, 2012

I love me some Bette Davis, but his film was too slow for me.

Oct 05, 2011

Bette Davis is so good in this movie. Classic movie fans will enjoy this movie.

Jul 12, 2011

Bette Davis stars as Regina Giddens, a self-made woman finally driven over the edge by her dreary, righteous husband and daughter. (SPOILER: I am not pro-murder, not even here. But can you please tell me what is so wrong with building a cotton mill in an economically depressed area, near where the cotton is grown? Miss Hellman is seemingly unconcerned with economics, or the carbon footprint.) Collinge is a champion scene-stealer, and Duryea provides skillful comic relief.


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