Gentleman's Agreement

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  • NR
  • 1947
  • 1 hr 58 min
  • 7.2  (17,708)

Gentleman's Agreement is a 1947 American drama film directed by Elia Kazan, based on Laura Z. Hobson's best-selling novel of the same name. It stars Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire, and John Garfield, and was released by 20th Century Fox. The film follows the story of Philip Schuyler Green (Peck), a journalist who is assigned to write a series of articles on anti-Semitism in the United States. To fully understand the subject, Green decides to pretend to be Jewish and live among Jewish people for a few months, experiencing firsthand the discrimination and prejudice they face.

Green's project is met with skepticism and resistance, especially from his colleagues and friends, who do not understand why he would go to such lengths to write these articles. However, as Green begins to immerse himself in the Jewish community, he realizes the extent of the discrimination and hatred that they face, including job discrimination, restrictive housing policies, and social exclusion.

Green also develops a relationship with Kathy Lacey (McGuire), a non-Jewish woman who is initially unaware of his true identity. As their relationship deepens, Green struggles with whether or not to reveal his true identity to Kathy, and how to reconcile his newfound understanding of anti-Semitism with his own personal beliefs and values.

The film explores themes of prejudice, discrimination, and social responsibility, as well as the challenges of confronting systemic injustice and inequality. It also touches on the complexities of identity and the importance of empathy and understanding in overcoming prejudice and bigotry.

Gentleman's Agreement was hailed as a groundbreaking film for its time, and was considered to be a bold statement against anti-Semitism and bigotry in America. It was also a critical and commercial success, receiving eight Academy Award nominations and winning three (including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actress for Celeste Holm).

The film's powerful message and nuanced exploration of social issues continue to resonate with audiences today, making it a timeless classic of American cinema.

Gentleman's Agreement is a 1947 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 58 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.2.

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    7.2  (17,708)