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A Place in the Sun is a 1951 American drama film based on the novel An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser and the play of the same name adapted from it by Patrick Kearney. It tells the story of a working class young man who is entangled with two women, one who works in his wealthy uncle's factory and the other a beautiful socialite. The film was directed by George Stevens from a screenplay by Harry Brown and Michael Wilson, and stars Montgomery Clift, Elizabeth Taylor, Shelley Winters, Anne Revere, and Raymond Burr.

The film was a critical and popular success, winning six Academy Awards. In 1991, A Place in the Sun was selected for preservation in the United Statesmarker National Film Registry by the Library of Congressmarker as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

Plot

George Eastman (Montgomery Clift), the nephew of industrialist Charles Eastman (Herbert Heyes), takes a job in his factory to learn the business. While working there, he starts dating factory worker Alice "Al" Tripp (Shelley Winters), who becomes pregnant.

At the same time, he meets society girl Angela Vickers (Elizabeth Taylor), and loses interest in Al. Shortly after Al tries to blackmail George into marrying her by threatening to expose their relationship to Angela, she is killed in a boating accident, while out on the lake with George. The film ends when George is convicted of her murder.

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Awards and nominations

Academy Awards

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Other honors

American Film Institute recognition

Cannes Film Festival
  • In competition (1951)


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