Magnificent Obsession

1954

Action / Drama / Romance

41
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 90%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 73%
IMDb Rating 7.1 10 5069

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Rock Hudson as Bob Merrick
Agnes Moorehead as Nancy Ashford
Jane Wyman as Helen Phillips
Barbara Rush as Joyce Phillips
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by nightlavender-92827 10 / 10

Love it !

I have to disagree with the previous person's review. This movie is so good and moving and reflects the time it was made in. Jane Wyman does look older than Rock but I think its that horrible short bob of a hairstyle she wears but I realize it was her trademark look throughout her career even up until the TV show Falcon Crest. If you like sentimental movies you can really lose yourself in and really suspend your imagination , you'll love this. Also I couldn't help but notice the similarities in looks between Elvis and Rock, they could've been brothers! All in all, a very good movie.

Reviewed by charlesem 6 / 10

Taking melodrama seriously

Lloyd C. Douglas, Lutheran pastor turned novelist, was in some ways the anti-Ayn Rand. His Magnificent Obsession, published in 1929 and first filmed in 1935 with Irene Dunne and Robert Taylor directed by John M. Stahl, advocates a kind of "pay it forward" altruism, the obverse of Rand's laissez-faire individualism. Douglas preached a gospel of service to others with no expectation of rewards to oneself. Fortunately, director Douglas Sirk and screenwriters Robert Blees and Wells Root keep the preaching in the 1954 remake down to a minimum - - mostly confining it to the preachiest of the film's characters, the artist Edward Randolph (Otto Kruger), but also using it as an essential element in the development of the central character, Bob Merrick (Rock Hudson), in his transition from heel to hero. This was Hudson's first major dramatic role, the one that launched him from Universal contract player into stardom. Not coincidentally, it was the second of nine films he made with Sirk, movies that range from the negligible Taza, Son of Cochise (1954) to the near-great Written on the Wind (1956). More than anyone, perhaps, Sirk was responsible for turning Hudson from just a handsome hunk with a silly publicist-concocted name into a movie actor of distinct skill. In Magnificent Obsession he demonstrates that essential film-acting technique: letting thought and emotion show on the face. It's a more effective performance than that of his co- star, Jane Wyman, though she was the one who got an Oscar nomination for the movie. As Helen Phillips, whose miseries are brought upon her by Merrick (through no actual fault of his own), Wyman has little to do but suffer stoically and unfocus her eyes to play blind. Hudson has an actual character arc to follow, and he does it quite well -- though reportedly not without multiple takes of his scenes, as Sirk coached him into what he wanted. What Sirk wanted, apparently, is a lush, Technicolor melodrama that somehow manages to make sense -- Sirk's great gift as a director being an ability to take melodrama seriously. Magnificent Obsession, like most of Sirk's films during the 1950s, was underestimated at the time by serious critics, but has undergone reevaluation after feminist critics began asking why films that center on women's lives were being treated as somehow inferior to those about men's. It's not, I think, a great film by any real critical standards -- there's still a little too much preaching and too much angelic choiring on the soundtrack, and the premise that a blind woman assisted by a nurse (Agnes Moorehead) with bright orange hair could elude discovery for months despite widespread efforts to find them stretches credulity a little too far. But it's made and acted with such conviction that I found myself yielding to it anyway. (charlesmatthews.blogspot.com)

Reviewed by hannahma57 5 / 10

sentimental slop

As already noted, excellent production values, Technicolor, a creditable performance by Rock Hudson as compared to the rug-chewing of the Jane Wyman. Points off for the dumb-ass plot and heavenly choirs jabbing their elbows into your consciousness in case you weren't weeping correctly at the sloshy parts.

What I hated the most (I'm a doctor) were the most unbelievable aspects of the so-called plot: surgeons are not really all self-sacrificing saints; there is no such thing as a "resuscitator", the McGuffin on which the whole movie hangs; subdural hematomas don't make you blind; there aren't any intracranial "fibromas" that can suddenly throw you into a coma, are diagnosable with a ten-second bedside visit without any imaging, and are amenable to surgery that restores your sight; and even in the 1950's people didn't spend a month in hospital with pneumonia. It's like all those TV medical dramas: I keep wanting to throw things at the screen and yell "Bullshit!" Lloyd Douglas, the author of the book this gobbler was based on, was an MD. I assume he didn't have script approval.

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