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Plot: Victor and Hillary are down on their luck to the point that they allow tourists to take guided tours of their castle. But Charles Delacro, a millionaire oil tycoon, visits, and takes a ... Runtime: 104 mins Release Date: 23 Dec 1960
Great movie to watch on a rainy afternoon (by furuiyanagi)
this is a spectacular movie, where one sees Cary Grant and Kerr and Mitchum having some of the best screenplay to work and a supporting cast such as the character Sellars played by Moray Watsun. Despite what the other comment that was made about the film this comedy is about a couple that deals with adultery and lies but stick it out comically, through thick and thin, rags or riches. beautiful movie and the other person who made a comment on it was wrong, obviously he/she had not really watched the film. Deborah Kerr has an affair, they don't talk about swapping partners, Jean Simmons is <more>
not dating or married to Robert Mitchum. What version was this person watching, huh? anyway people should not be allowed to make comments if they are going to lie in them.
Being a huge Deborah Kerr fan and a minor Robert Mitchum and Jean Simmons fan I looked very much forward to watching this movie. My expectations were not disappointed! I had a lot of fun! The great dialogs as well as the actors managed to crack me up several times. Cary Grant is perfect typecasting. He has to deal with his beloved wife's infidelity. Mitchum and Kerr are rather unusual compared to their previous roles. He is very charming and straight-forward. When he sees something he wants, he takes it. She is truly funny! They have a great chemistry and you can tell that they were good <more>
friends in real life. But pay also special attention to Jean Simmons as the gin-drinking, all-knowing Hattie. She is hilarious! All together , the movie is great fun! Very British and very 50s/60s!
One of my all-time favorite movies (by merlin-105)
A witty and, for its time, unusually mature treatment of marriage, affairs, and the choices we make. Both Deborah Kerr and Cary Grant deliver wonderful performances, and Jean Simmons is a scream. I've seen this movie several times and enjoyed it more each time.
Static but entertaining nonetheless (by fletch5)
Enjoyable cast and often deliciously witty dialogue succeed enlivening this otherwise rather static comedy. It can't shake off its staginess, which results in occasional moments of slight weariness, but for the most part, "The Grass Is Greener" is classy and quite entertaining. There are some splendid scenes between the four leading actors that make you smile. Really big laughs aren't guaranteed, but the film leaves an overall good feeling.
Excellent ! (by fegorleo-1)
Personnaly, I had a lot of fun watching this. Event though I have a hard time understanding British accent, it was well enough performed so that I could get into it. I found the characters very believable, and I loved the 60ies quality of the whole thing. 'En vrac", it all reminded me of: Breakfast at Tiffany's, the De Funès movies, some Cassavetes I'm not kidding , something like the libertine atmosphere of these times. Of course, the theatrical dimension of the directing is overwhelming at first, you think it's going to end up in a car chase in a zoo or something, but <more>
no, in the end there is a beautiful reflexion on man's generosity in love, and about a faithful woman's charm. I'm all for it!
A few previous reviewers seem to have viewed this film with a very weird set of expectations. In fact, 'The Grass is Greener' is exactly what it wants to be: a clever little drawing-room comedy. Slightly mannered, slightly stylized, very upper-crusty. And utterly delightful, on all counts.The cast is a dream come true. Grant plays slightly against type, to great effect. He's not the strong leading man, for once, but a rather repressed, befuddled and sorely taken-for-Granted husband. Mitchum makes a perfect foil: straightforward, brash, emotional. They're a perfect match, and <more>
their conflict is worked out... perfectly. With never a harsh word spoken, and only a very genteel amount of violence.The ladies make a great backdrop for all this. Deborah Kerr has never been more charming, or more effortlessly natural. She has the film's broader comedic moments, and handles them beautifully. Jean Simmons is always a delight, and she plays her catty best-friend role to the hilt.But the real star is the dialog. Underplayed, yet always literate and obliquely witty. Grant's references to "Dun-dee cake" always make me laugh, since cake is so obviously not what he's talking about. The dramatic aspects of the story are equally clever. The central concept of *not* confronting an errant spouse seems particularly wise.Of course, if you're looking for a typical Hollyood-style romantic comedy, or a broad farce along the lines of Donen's later 'Charade,' you do need to adjust your expectations. This is a very different kind of film, a far more British - or perhaps simply more erudite - type of comedy. More along the lines of 'Blithe Spirit,' or the original 'Pygmalion.' And easily on a par with the best of its kind. A film to be savored, not devoured.
Drawing room comedies seem to be a thing of the past. Their demise was apparently one reason Cary Grant decided to thin down his late career: his kind of parts just weren't being written anymore. By the time this film version of a stage hit came out in 1960, the genre had just about run its course. How fortunate to have four full-fledged stars take on the leading roles. What is Robert Mitchum doing in an English castle, interacting with "upper class royalty"? For one thing, he plays a Texas millionaire--an impressive entree most places. Then, the rest of the cast are all <more>
transported Brits, so long established in America as to be de facto Americans. They can still deliver their clipped English lines, thought, with great flair. "So, now you're a millionare, and I'm growing mushrooms . . . oh well, that's the way the world wags." Deborah Kerr is bright and vulnerable, Jean Simmons, pert and sophisticated, Robert Mitchum, cool and crafty, and Cary Grant urbane and witty. It's fun to see this quartet trading double entendres and quaint quips. Stanley Donnen does his best with a stagy script, relying on his experienced cast to carry off the humor and action. It succeeds nicely, and its downright fun to follow their stylish jousts.Tea, brandy, or champagne?
Although I'm a film buff, I was unaware of the existence this delightful,sophisticated comedy until I saw it recently on TV in Buenos Aires, of all places. Grant, Kerr and Simmons are splendid, as usual, and Mitchum is, well, Mitchum and that's good enough for me. The plot offers the conceit of Mitchum taking Kerr away from Grant, her fusty husband, because Mitch is hot and Grant's not, a rather daring concept for 1960. Grant, of course, has a trick or two up his sleeve and alls well that ends well. The witty dialogue and snappy direction Stanley Donen puts to shame the witless, <more>
charmless crap churned out by Hollywood hacks for the past 25
This delightful morsel is even more impressive given the bare post-Eisenhower era of its release. While we tend to view 1960 as the beginning of the JFK cultural renaissance, in fact the decade dawned with Ike in the White House and Nixon on the horizon. Extramarital hijinks, dealt with adult sophistication, tolerance and forgiveness are rare enough, but the Bible-thumpers must have bust a gut on this one. I disagree with those who chastise the title, I think it's perfect. That such a topic is explored without losing the light comedic magic of Grant, the earnest angst of Kerr, the <more>
irreverent sexuality of Simmons and the brooding strength of Mitchum is testament to the ability of Stanley Donen to guide without herding. It all fits, wonderfully, in a movie that glows brighter with the passage of time, and the tsunami of trash that was to follow.