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723 Ratings

The Bad and the Beautiful

Directed by Vincente Minnelli
United States, 1952
Drama, Romance


An actress, a director, and a writer are asked to help revive the career of ruthless Hollywood studio bigwig Jonathan Shields. However, all three are reluctant because they have all been used and betrayed by him in the past.

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The Bad and the Beautiful Directed by Vincente Minnelli

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1953 | 5 wins including: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

1953 | Nominee: Best Actor in a Leading Role

National Board of Review

1952 | Winner: Top Ten Films

Critics reviews

The grinding system of Sunset Blvd. and In a Lonely Place is here a plush, well-oiled machine feeding on neurosis, the go-getter’s vicious hustle and the visionary’s elusive humility fuse into art on occasion. A fountain of inspiration for 8½ and The Player, though the most trenchant analysis is Minnelli’s own in Two Weeks in Another Town.
March 02, 2015
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The film has an air of glossy sophistication but the soul of a jet-black noir, never more pronounced than in Douglas’s famous explosive tirade against Turner, which culminates with an earth-shaking “Get out! Get out! Get out!” that, decibel-wise, stands up to the actor’s climactic table thumping in Paths of Glory.
July 09, 2012
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