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Magnificent Obsession
- Douglas Sirk

Overview - Rock Hudson bursts through the screen as reckless playboy Bob Merrick in Douglas Sirk's MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION. He creams across a lake at 150 miles per hour in a brightly painted speedboat. Merrick's haughty indulgence sets off a fantastically spectacular chain of tragic events that will transform him and all of those around him.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Rock Hudson bursts through the screen as reckless playboy Bob Merrick in Douglas Sirk's MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION. He creams across a lake at 150 miles per hour in a brightly painted speedboat. Merrick's haughty indulgence sets off a fantastically spectacular chain of tragic events that will transform him and all of those around him. When the speedboat jaunt ends in an accident, Merrick must be resuscitated using the town's only life-saving mechanism, and as a consequence, leaving the saintly local surgeon, Dr. Philips, to die of a heart attack at his stately villa across the lake. When Merrick learns of his part in the doctor's death, he makes a half-hearted attempt to square things with the devastated widow, Helen (Jane Wyman). However, his careless ham-fisted apologies accidentally cause an accident that leaves Helen completely blind. Under the sure, visionary hand of master melodramatist Sirk, these sprawling, high-pitched coincidences congeal to create a stunning window into the morals and mysteries of the American family and value system. Merrick's trail towards redemption by way of a mysterious brand of Christian philanthropy engenders the "Magnificent Obsession" of the title, as he embarks on a desperate study of medicine in order to cure Helen's blindness and hopefully atone for a life's worth of sins.

Cast List

Gregg Palmer - American Supporting Actor
Palmer Lee - American Supporting Actor
Paul Cavanagh - Actor/1930s-1950s
Robert Blees - American Screenwriter
Agnes Moorehead - American actress, JOHNNY BELINDA, HUSH, HUSH SWEET CHARLOTTE
Wells Root - American Screenwriter
Jane Wyman - Oscar-winning American actress, THE LOST WEEKEND, JOHNNY BEL
Sarah Jane Faulks - Oscar-winning American actress, THE LOST WEEKEND, JOHNNY BEL
Jane Durrell - Oscar-winning American actress, THE LOST WEEKEND, JOHNNY BEL
Otto Kruger - American Actor
Frank Skinner - American Composer/D. 1968
Ross Hunter - Producer
Martin Fuss - Producer
Douglas Sirk - Director/Producer
Claus Detlev Sierk - Director/Producer
Detlef Sierck - Director/Producer
Bernard Herzbrun - Art Director
Milton Carruth - American Editor\1950s
Emrich Nicholson - Art Director
Sara Shane - Actress
Rock Hudson - American actor
Roy Scherer Jr. - American actor
Roy Fitzgerald - American actor
Barbara Rush - American Actress
Russell Metty - American Director of Photography

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 108
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 715515034821
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Release Date: January 2009

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Romance
Tear Jerker
Self-Discovery
Personal Triumph
Melodrama
Theatrical Release
Essential Cinema

 
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Reviews:
"[A]droitly constructed, with committed performances by the two stars, and gorgeous, shadowy cinematography..." -- Grade: B+ - 01/16/2009 Entertainment Weekly


"MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION was the first of Sirk's big-budget, Technicolor melodramas for Universal, but he was already working with distancing devices -- action reflected in mirrors or hard surfaces; colors so bright that they seem to detach themselves from the physical world...." - 01/19/2008 New York Times

 
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