Magnificent Obsession

Magnificent Obsession

DVD - 2008
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Reckless playboy Bob Merrick crashes his speedboat, requiring emergency attention and the use of the town's only resuscitator--at the very moment that beloved local Dr. Phillips has a heart attack and dies waiting for the life-saving device. Bob and the doctor's widow, Helen, find themselves inextricably linked amid a series of increasingly wild twists, turns, trials, and tribulations.--Container.

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BOOBOO6669
Oct 08, 2018

please get more copies of this great film you have no copies now

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WinterOwl1
May 04, 2018

I've only to say that I found the 1954 adaptation incredibly moving, and perfectly casted. Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson together were a screen-acting powerhouse duo. I took a quick look at the 1935 version after viewing the other one, and very little about it impressed me enough to keep on watching. The actors just lacked the same kind of pathos that the 1954 cast had. My favourite Douglas Sirk film to date.

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marieloudavril
Apr 21, 2018

i always find fascinating to watch old movie of 1930-1955 era and the acting of Rock Hudson and others well known. it is a very serious movie , with a lot of drama, based on one philosophy in doing good to someone in secret will pay off at the end. will open many blessings to you .

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akirakato
Feb 03, 2015

DISC 1 includes "Magnificent Obsession" made in 1954 directed by Douglas Sirk; DISC 2, "Magnificent Obsession" made in 1935 directed by John M. Stahl.
The story is based on the 1929 novel of the same name by Lloyd C. Douglas.
Both films are more or less the same, but I like the 1954 version better simply because the speadboat scenes are so exciting.
After her husband death, Helen Phillips receives a flood of calls, letters and visitors all offering to pay back loans that Dr. Phillips refused to accept repayment of during his life.
Many claimed he refused by saying "it was already used up."
Edward Randolph, a famous artist and Dr. Phillips's close friend, explains to Helen what that phrase means.
This helps her to understand why her husband left little money, even though he had a very successful practice.
One night, Merrick ends up at the home of Edward Randolph, who explains the secret belief that powered his own art and Dr. Phillips's success.
Merrick decides to try out this new philosophy.
His first attempt causes Helen to step into the path of a car while trying to run away from Merrick's advances.
She is blinded by this accident.
Merrick soberly commits to becoming a doctor, trying to fulfill Dr. Phillips's legacy.
Although it sounds pedantic, the story turns out interesting and fascinating.

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Nursebob
Jan 29, 2015

Sirk has outdone himself with this sudsy weeper. It is awash with rich vibrant colours, impassioned performances and a lush musical score complete with heavenly choir. His odd mixture of romantic melodrama and Christian voodoo may not always gel, but he embellishes it with so much froth you hardly notice. I suppose you could read all sorts of meaning into the film’s outrageous plot: how blindness takes many forms from the physical to the metaphysical; how averting one’s eyes from the baser trappings of human nature leads to a clearer spiritual vision; or how our sense of reality changes when familiar elements are removed from their usual context. There is certainly enough symbolism in Sirk’s use of shadows, doorways and windows and he wraps it all up in so much religious hocus-pocus, including a mock witch-burning. I chose to watch it as a magnificently overdone soap opera instead, and as such it was pure joy!

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mellietells
Feb 28, 2013

I found the 1952 version very earnest, and though i enjoyed the acting, the story was leaden, and too serious.

Even though I did not like the story all that much I decided to watch the older version, starring Irene Dunne and Robert Taylor. MUCH better! Story just as lame, but the humour that was put into it was most welcome. The actors generally seemed more at ease in their roles. i would give it a higher rating, but the other version doesn't deserve it.
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