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Basics Critics:83Viewers:78Rusty:77
Category: Drama, Kids/FamilyNotable as: DramaSub-Category: drama film, film adaptationMain subject: alcoholismNarrative location: New York City, BrooklynRuntime: 128 - 129 minutesColor: colorLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesDirector: Elia KazanScreenwriter: Anita Loos, Betty SmithBased on: A Tree Grows in BrooklynMusic: Alfred NewmanCinematography: Leon ShamroyStars: Dorothy McGuire, Peggy Ann Garner, Joan Blondell, James Dunn, Lloyd Nolan, James Gleason, John Alexander, Francis Pierlot, Gloria Talbott, J. Farrell MacDonald, Ruth NelsonProducer: Louis D. LightonStudio: 20th Century FoxAwards won: Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (James Dunn)
National Film Registry
Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted ScreenplayAward details: (details at IMDb)

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a 1945 film, the first film directed by Greek-American director Elia Kazan, starring James Dunn, Dorothy McGuire, Joan Blondell, and Peggy Ann Garner. The film is based on an American novel A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith first published in 1943. It relates the coming-of-age story of its main character, Francie Nolan, against a backdrop of tenement life in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, in the early 20th century. A 1974 made-for-television film A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, starring Cliff Robertson, Diane Baker, Pamelyn Ferdin and James Olson, was adapted from the 1945 screenplay by Tess Slesinger.

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