From the Terrace

From the Terrace

DVD - 2003
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Chronicles the life of a young man whose struggle for success threatens his personal happiness.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2003.
Branch Call Number: DVD FROM TER
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (144 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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Rdgz
Aug 04, 2014

This is a remarkable movie that explores the role of men as well as women in middle to upper class society just after WW2 and into the 1950 including the sacrifices both personal and moral that are made to achive them.

Joanne Woodward is an incredibly georgeous sirene that is swept by Paul Newman's character and personal charm. Once married she is neglected so he can pursue his ambitions and slowly drifts into amorality and infidelity.

There are no guilties or saints... just imperfect people. It is a terrific tale.

Paul Newman was an actor who was handsome through out his entire life and I expected him to be so in this movie but the one that surprised me was Joan (his future wife) she was both geourgeous and as the character who has to change the most through out the movie she also had the most challenging part to play... she was phenomenal.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Jun 17, 2014

Over these many years I have been told, time & again, about what a really great actor Paul Newman was in his heyday.

Well, I have now seen Newman in 6 films that all came from the first decade of his acting career, and, let me tell you, I am not at all impressed. In fact, I'd actually go so far as to say that Newman was one of most over-rated and disappointing, big-name actors from that particular era, bar none.

Set in the year 1946, From The Terrace was yet another star-vehicle of Newman's where I strongly felt that, at 35, he was clearly too old for his part. This time around he played a young soldier returning to his Philadelphia home after the war.

The very minute Newman's character (a spoilt, tormented rich kid named Alfred Eaton) sets foot inside the door of his home the story immediately accelerates into a most tedious and predictable soap opera of non-stop bickering, jealousy and resentment, with a generous dash of infidelity thrown into the mix for good measure.

I, for one, found this 1960 film (with its plodding 145-minute running time) to be a tiresome ordeal which went far beyond anything even reasonably tolerable.

Paul Newman, or not, I would never, ever recommend this bitchy, backstabbing bull to anyone.

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Bookworm39
Nov 14, 2012

Loved this movie. The story, clothes, hairdos from that era were wonderful. Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman were wonderful in it.

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easter84ba
Jun 24, 2012

Hollywood's perfect couple is not that perfect after all (as far as this movie is concerned). Paul Newman's physique here is every man's envy - he's got those abs worthy of a GQ or Esquire ads, topless! Although the story revolves around infidelity and the eternal quest for success, the film defines America's changing moral standards and personal satisfaction.

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