Peyton Place

Peyton Place

DVD - 2004
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Allison MacKenzie looks back on life in the New England town where she grew up around the time of Pearl Harbor. Beneath the town's placid God-fearing exterior lay any number of dark secrets.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2004.
Edition: Widescreen version.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (157 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.


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Jan 31, 2015

Set in 1941, Peyton Place is a sleepy New England whistle-stop where they set their clocks by the four seasons, where the locals are whiter than white and the dreams of youth are quietly sacrificed in order to maintain the town’s WASP conformity. It’s the kind of place that would make Garrison Keillor long for the lights of Broadway. But all is not as it seems as the camera slowly peels away the respectable affectations to expose the town’s darker side. Taking the form of parallel storylines that gradually converge, the movie contains enough controversial topics to fill ten lesser films; from rape, suicide and abortion to murder, teen pregnancy, and pre-marital skinny-dipping. Even a wholesome birthday party turns into a seething cauldron of flaming teenage hormones thanks to a small bottle of liquor and a 78 rpm of Blue Moon. This is a sprawling big-screen soap opera featuring some splendid performances and an over-the-top script that is nonetheless intriguing; the explosive courtroom scene towards the end was especially well done and Robson doesn’t miss a single nuance as even the most fleeting of glances can trigger an entire strings section. He may not show the technicolor flair of Douglas Sirk but this unsparing critique of Middle American social and moral conventions rarely misses its target.

Apr 12, 2012

This is a Classic Movie from the 1950's. Enjoyed it, it was a different version than the Television Series of Peyton place as some of the characters were different and the story was not the same. I imagine this was the original story from the book.


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