- Subtitles: English
- Rated: Not Rated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 58 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: January 18, 2005
- Originally Released: 1952
- Label: Paramount
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital Mono - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
USA Today - 06/07/1991
"...Olivier is all-out magnificent, his greatest performance on film..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
George Hurstwood is a respectable family man of comfortable means. But he throws it all away for the love of Carrie. Based on the Theodore Dreiser novel that publishers deemed "too immoral," William Wyler's Carrie is a power-house of human passions transformed into soul-withering frailties. As Carrie, the smalltown girl come to Chicago, Jennifer Jones "seems to have stepped out of the pages of the book" (Time). And Laurence Olivier gives one of his finest portrayals as love-doomed Hurstwood. "Olivier has always given credit to Wyler for teaching him how to act in the movies when they did Wuthering Heights together, but it's in Carrie that he showed how much he had learned." (Pauline Kael, 5001 Nights at the Movies)
A sterling performance by Olivier is the centerpiece of this drama based on the novel SISTER CARRIE by Theodore Dreiser. When a farm girl follows her dreams to turn-of-the-century Chicago, she enters a bleak world of grueling, poorly-paid factory work. Determined to better her condition, she attaches herself to a salesman and then to a married restaurant manager who loses everything in order to keep her. As she ascends to success in the footlights, she leaves behind the man who rescued her.
When Carrie steps onto the train that will take her to Chicago, she regards the trip as a grand adventure. But her glorious dreams of the big city quickly die, for all that awaits Carrie there is a bleak life of grueling and poorly-paid factory work... until Drouet, a traveling salesman, comes her way. Breaking all the rules of morality at the time, Carrie moves in with Drouet without benefit of matrimony. At first she's content, but when Drouet introduces her to the elegant, wealthy and married Hurstwood, who manages a restaurant, Carrie instantly sizes up the difference between the two men -- to Drouet's disadvantage. Hurstwood returns her affections, and one day, on impulse, he steals the money from his restaurant's safe. He and Carrie flee to New York to avoid arrest -- but the consequences of that decision will alter both their lives in ways they cannot imagine...
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