Sweet Bird of Youth

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  • 1989
  • 1 hr 31 min
  • 5.4  (629)

Sweet Bird of Youth is a 1989 American made-for-television drama film directed by Nicolas Roeg and starring Elizabeth Taylor, Mark Harmon, and Valerie Perrine. It is based on a Tennessee Williams play of the same name, which was first performed in 1959. The story is set in St. Cloud, a sleepy seaside town in Florida. Mark Harmon stars as Chance Wayne, an ambitious and charming but troubled young man who returns to his hometown after a ten-year absence, accompanied by fading Hollywood actress Alexandra Del Lago (played by Elizabeth Taylor). Chance hopes to win back his lost love, a local girl named Heavenly (played by Kay Lenz), and to make it big in Hollywood.

Valerie Perrine delivers a standout performance as Aunt Nonnie, a wealthy and well-connected woman who holds the keys to Chance's future. She is also a tragic and complex figure in her own right, haunted by her secret past and struggling with her own mortality.

As Chance and Alexandra settle into the town, they encounter a range of colorful characters, including local politicians, corrupt businessmen, and a group of African American union organizers. The film explores themes of love, ambition, betrayal, aging, and redemption, and it does so with style, wit, and pathos.

The film's cinematography is striking, with vivid colors and striking compositions that capture the beauty and decay of the Florida landscape. The performances are uniformly excellent, with Taylor and Harmon bringing both star power and emotional depth to their roles. Perrine, in particular, is unforgettable as the fragile and tragic Aunt Nonnie.

The film is faithful to Tennessee Williams' original play, but it also updates and expands upon it in interesting ways. The film's portrayal of racism and labor exploitation in the South is particularly noteworthy, and it adds an important dimension to the play's themes of power and oppression.

Overall, Sweet Bird of Youth is a powerful and moving drama that showcases some of the finest acting and filmmaking of its era. It is a testament to the enduring power of Tennessee Williams' work and to the talent and vision of the filmmakers who brought it to the small screen. If you are a fan of Williams' plays, classic Hollywood films, or simply great dramas, Sweet Bird of Youth is not to be missed.

Sweet Bird of Youth is a 1989 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 31 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.4.

Sweet Bird of Youth
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  • Runtime
    1 hr 31 min
  • IMDB Rating
    5.4  (629)