A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

DVD - 2008
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Story of life in turn-of-the-twentieth-century Brooklyn slums, as seen from the eyes of a bright young girl who is charmed by her alcoholic father.

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Apr 01, 2012

Francie: "Neeley..." Neeley: "Uh-huh?" Francie: "Am I good looking?" Neeley: "Aw, what's eatin' ya?" Francie: "No, honest Neeley... I wanna know." Neeley (after considering her for a few moments): "You'll pass." Francie: "You're sweet, Neeley." Neeley: "Aw, cut the mush."

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Apr 01, 2012

Katie: "You're the only sister I got. I don't care what people say about you for myself... but I got the kids to worry about - if I don't worry about 'em, nobody else will. You're... well... you're bad for 'em, Sissy." Sissy: "Whattya tryin' to say, kid?" Katie: "I don't want you to come 'round here no more. My mind's made up, so don't try to change it with any of that soft talk of yours." Sissy: "I won't, Katie - not if you mean it. But let's keep on talkin' 'bout you... Soft's one thing, but - hard's another." Katie: "Alright, it ain't nice to be hard... but my kids is gonna be somebody... if I gotta turn into granite rock to make 'em..." Sissy: "I wish you hadn't've said that, kid. Bye, Katie."

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Apr 01, 2012

Aunt Sissy: "Look, tell me somethin'... When Papa's home... I bet him and Mama laugh a-plenty, don't they... you know...like they always did?" Neeley: "Sure, Pop can make anybody laugh when he wants to - except when he's drunk." Francie: "SICK, Neeley, Mama said to call it!" Neeley: "Ok, sick then." Aunt Sissy: "Look, Hon, tell ya what you can do for me... Do all the laughin' you can - you know! Keeps everybody healthy!" Neeley: "Ok." Francie: "Laughter is the singing of the angels." Aunt Sissy: "You're a funny kid... head fulla all them things... kinda like your Pop." Neeley: "She lies like Pop too."

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Apr 01, 2012

Librarian: " "Anatomy Of Melancholy"... Are you sure you want this?" Francie: "Yes, maam." Librarian: "Don't you think it's a trifle over your head?" Francie: "Yes, maam." Librarian: "Well then why did you select it?" Francie: "Well, I read all the authors beginning with "A", and all the "B"s down to Burton. It's next." Librarian: "You mean you're trying to read your way straight through the library?" Francie: "Yes, maam." Librarian: "But a book like this... you'll only be confused -" Francie: "Please! I wanna read clear through the alphabet! I wanna know everything in the world!!"

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Nov 15, 2014

Great movie, must see at Christmas time. Just watch it.

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Apr 01, 2012

Heartbreaking tale of a struggling, impoverished, working class family in the early 1900's, in a Brooklyn tenement. Dad Johnny is a happy-go-lucky, alcoholic dreamer, and a poor provider for the family... full of empty promises. Practical Mom Katie breaks her back housecleaning for pennies, and has become a self-loathing, bitter, shadow of herself. She (mistakenly) dislikes the 'bad' influence her free spirited sister has on her children. The focus, however, starts with their ragamuffin kids, whose everyday (sad) activities include rag picking and petty theft. Son Neeley (who constantly cracked me up) seems oblivious to any hardships. Eventually, sweet little Francie the bookworm takes the spotlight, Daddy's little girl. He can do no wrong in her eyes. She is that resilient little tree, growing in Brooklyn, bursting up through the concrete. The entire cast was phenomenal, but I was hugely impressed with 13 year old Academy Award winner, Peggy Ann Garner. She brought tears to my eyes. This was the first feature film for directorial giant Elia Kazan (On The Waterfront, A Streetcar Named Desire, etc.). I absolutely loved it. Laughed, cried. Magnificent. FIVE STARS PLUS.

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