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Kirk Douglas vents his anger at Lana Turner.
Kirk Douglas vents his anger at Lana Turner.

Thumbnail for The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)

Basics Critics:75Viewers:68Rusty:76
Category: Drama, RomanceNotable as: Romance FilmSub-Category: Romance Film, Film à clef, Comedy, DramaRuntime: 116 - 119 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesDirector: Vincente MinnelliScreenwriter: Charles SchneeMusic: David RaksinCinematography: Robert L. SurteesStars: Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, Walter Pidgeon, Dick Powell, Barry Sullivan, Gloria Grahame, Gilbert Roland, Paul Stewart, Leo G. Carroll, Elaine Stewart Producer: John HousemanAwards won: Academy Award for Best Art Direction, Black and White
Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White (Robert L. Surtees)
Academy Award for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Gloria Grahame)
Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (Charles Schnee)
National Film Registry
Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Actor (Kirk Douglas)Award details: (details at IMDb)

The Bad and the Beautiful is a 1952 MGM melodramatic film that tells the story of a film producer who alienates all around him. It stars Lana Turner, Kirk Douglas, Walter Pidgeon, Dick Powell, Barry Sullivan, Gloria Grahame and Gilbert Roland. The film was directed by Vincente Minnelli and written by George Bradshaw and Charles Schnee. The Bad and the Beautiful resulted in five Academy Awards out of six nominations in 1952, a record for the most awards for a movie that was not nominated for Best Picture nor for Best Director. In 2002, the United States Library of Congress deemed the film "culturally significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry. The song, "The Bad and the Beautiful", penned by David Raksin, has since become a jazz standard.

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