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Hey 20th Century Fox! Where In H@LL Is The DVD Release Of This Classic?

  • Feb 20, 2009
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An Elia Kazan Masterpiece yet to be released on DVD...

OK, OK... So what?  The film isn't as wonderful as the book.  They never are.  Because the book is lengthy and takes place from before Francie is born untll after she is 16 years old, the movie concentrates on Francie as a teenager ages 14 - 15.  Also one of Katie's sisters is eliminated and her qualities and quotes from the book are giving to Sissy, somewhat toning down her character. Other characters, like Francie's school teacher, are changed to protagonists to ease the transition to film.

However, Elia Kazan's masterpiece with Dorothy McGuire as Katie Nolan, the hard as nails mamma, Joan Blondell as the effervescent, fun loving aunt Sissy, Oscar award winning James Dunn as Johnny Nolan, the drunkard pipe-dreaming father and little Peggy Ann Garner was so wonderful as the young, sweet and sensitive Francie. Thankfully,  the Academy gave her an Oscar for Most Promising Juvenile Performer in the year of our Lord 1945.

I am no wimp by any stretch of the imagination but EVERY SINGLE time I view my "homemade/bootleg" DVD copy I bawl like a little baby...

This film is LOOONG overdue for a U.S DVD Release. Come on 20th Century Fox/Turner or whomever owns the rights to "A Tree..."  - make this film available to those who have loved this film for ages and those that have yet to appreciate this marvelous masterpiece.

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Movie description The story centers on young Francis Nolan, whose father's sudden death leaves the family to somehow survive in a harsh, desperate time. Like the tree in the back of their house, uncared for and forgotten, their struggle to survive is a valiant one. Based on Betty Smith's 1943 novel. Academy Award Nominations: 2, including Best Screenplay. Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor--James Dunn.

Credits Writer: Frank Davis Producer: Louis D. Lighton Cast: James Gleason, Peggy Ann Garner
Editorial reviews "Kazan avoids romanticizing poverty, and his focus on performance is already firmly in place."
Uncut - Danny Leigh (06/01/2005)

Awards 1945 Academy Awards, Best Supporting Actor: James Dunn
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