Dark Victory

Dark Victory
Dark Victory
  • UR
  • 1h 46m
  • 1939
Fresh86%
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Bette Davis' bravura, moving-but-never-morbid performance as Judith Traherne, a dying heiress determined to find happiness in her few remaining months, remains a three-hankie classic. But that success would never have happened if Davis hadn't pestered studio brass to buy Dark Victory's story rights. Jack Warner finally did so...skeptically. "Who wants to see a dame go blind?" he asked. Almost everyone: Dark Victory was Davis's biggest box-office hit yet and garnered Academy Award® nominations for 1939's Best Picture, Actress and Original Score (Max Steiner). "If it were an automobile," Newsweek wrote, Dark Victory "would be a Rolls-Royce." It's the perfect match of star and vehicle.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Fresh86%
Reviews
Creative Loafing
Matt Brunson
Fresh

One of the finest weepies ever made by Hollywood. Davis is nothing short of magnificent.

June 25, 2017
Slant Magazine
Clayton Dillard
Fresh

As one scholar says in the accompanying documentary, "You could spend a lifetime studying 1939."

June 25, 2017
CinePassion
Fernando F. Croce
Fresh

Bette Davis's frisky sprint sets the pace

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Bette Davis loses her sight, and we gain a classic.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that a main character is dealing with a deadly cancer and her friends lie to her about her prognosis. She turns to partying and fast-living to hide from her problems.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:April 22, 1939
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    Stereo
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