Magnificent Obsession

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"The Great Love Story... by the author of "THE ROBE""
  • NR
  • 1954
  • 1 hr 47 min
  • 7.0  (7,348)

Magnificent Obsession is a 1954 drama film directed by Douglas Sirk and starring Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, and Agnes Moorehead. The film tells the story of a wealthy and reckless playboy named Bob Merrick (Rock Hudson), who, after causing a boating accident that leaves a famous doctor named Wayne Phillips (Otto Kruger) dead, decides to dedicate his life to becoming a doctor so he can help people and atone for his past mistakes.

Bob enrolls in medical school and begins to pursue a career in medicine, but he has trouble fitting in and struggles to gain the respect of his peers. One day, he meets a young widow named Helen Phillips (Jane Wyman), the wife of the doctor he killed during the boating accident. Bob becomes obsessed with Helen and decides to help her regain her sight after she becomes blind due to a fall.

With the help of a mysterious guru named Edward Randolph (Agnes Moorehead), Bob learns about the power of giving without expecting anything in return. He tries to apply this principle to his life and work, but his obsession with Helen continues to distract him from his goals. Meanwhile, Helen wants nothing to do with Bob and resents him for causing her husband's death.

As Bob continues to try to win over Helen, he becomes more and more successful in his medical career. He creates a foundation in the name of the doctor he killed, and his philanthropy makes him a beloved figure in the community. However, his obsession with Helen threatens to undo all of his hard work and drive him to madness.

Magnificent Obsession is a classic example of the melodramatic films of the 1950s. It features lush, colorful cinematography, sweeping orchestral music, and lavish set designs that create a heightened sense of drama and emotion. The film also deals with themes of redemption, sacrifice, and spiritual growth, as Bob learns to put the needs of others before his own desires.

The performances in Magnificent Obsession are excellent, with Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson giving powerful performances as the two leads. Wyman conveys the pain and vulnerability of a woman who has lost her sight, while Hudson brings a level of charm and charisma to his portrayal of the flawed but ultimately lovable Bob Merrick. Agnes Moorehead, in a smaller role as the spiritual mentor Edward Randolph, brings a sense of gravitas and wisdom to the film.

Overall, Magnificent Obsession is a classic Hollywood drama that explores complex themes of love, loss, and redemption. Its lush visuals and excellent performances make it a must-see for fans of classic cinema.

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    1 hr 47 min
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    7.0  (7,348)