Time: 122 Minutes
Rating: Not Rated
AWARDS: Won Academy Awards for Best Cinematography, Costume Design, Director, Film Editing, Score and Screenplay. Nominations for Best Actor (Clift), Actress (Winters) and Best Picture.
George Stevens' puts young love to the ultimate test in this melodrama that shows how one youthful indiscretion can ruin your whole life. Clift plays George Eastman the white trash nephew of a prominent family given the chance to better himself by working his way up in the family business. After one brief encounter, he dreams of dating local socialite Angela Vickers (Taylor), but is nowhere near her league. So, despite warnings to the contrary, he begins to date fellow employee Alice Tripp (Winters), a shy, single girl looking for true love. Since they could both be fired if they're caught together, they keep their relationship a secret. George's dreams of a promotion finally come true after months of hard work, seemingly giving the young couple a bright future. However, after spending an evening with Angela, George's affections find a new home and it's not in the arms of poor, clingy Alice.
Unfortunately for him, his lust did take seed and Alice is not about to face this major social disaster alone. Since she can't return home in this condition and is unwilling to get rid of the baby, her condition leaves very few options. Plus, she's desperately in love with George and wants him to marry her. The one kink in the plan is that George is in love with Angela, who amazingly reciprocates his feelings despite the disapproval of her parents. He is on the verge of total happiness and if it weren't for Alice he'd have the life he always dreamed about and thinks he deserves. His desperation to be rid of the problem and her unrelenting pressure, lead George and Alice down a path of dark intentions that proves both of their undoing. Their youthful indiscretion forces them to pay a heavy price, one neither of them could have imagined while they were sharing those stolen moments in the dark. If it weren't for the first class acting by all involved, A PLACE IN THE SUN would be an unbearable, moralistic tale about the dangers of succumbing to one's baser impulses. It practically equates premarital sex with murder…or, at the very least, the death of one's future.