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Sweet Bird of Youth

Original Theatrical Date: March 19, 1962
  • OSCAR WINNER:
  • Best Supporting Actor - Ed Begley

Handsome Chance Wayne (Paul New man) never found the Hollywood stardom he craved, but he's always been a star with the ladies. Now, back in his sleepy, sweaty Gulf Coast hometown, he's involved with two of them: a washed-up, drug-and-vodka-addled movie queen (Geraldine Page in her Oscar nominated role) and the girl he left behind and in trouble (Shirley Knight).

Newman, Page, Rip Torn and Madeleine Sherwood re-create their stage roles, and Ed Begley won the Oscar for his portrayal of the town's corrupt political boss in a bravura film version of Tennessee Williams' Broadway hit.

Sex. Money. Hypocrisy. Financial and emotional blackmail. Familiar elements of Williams' literary realm combine powerfully as Chance battles his private demons in a desperate bid to redeem his wasted life and recapture his lost sweet bird of youth. 

Genre: RomanceDrama