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Olivia de Havilland behind the door to Montgomery Clift
Olivia de Havilland behind the door to Montgomery Clift

Thumbnail for The Heiress (1949) The Heiress (1949)

Basics Critics:83Viewers:74Rusty:82
Category: Drama, RomanceNotable as: DramaSub-Category: Black-and-white, Film adaptation, Historical period drama, Romance Film, DramaNarrative location: New York CityRuntime: 114 - 116 minutesColor: black-and-white filmLanguage: English, FrenchCountry: United StatesDirector: William WylerScreenwriter: Henry JamesBased on: Washington SquareMusic: Aaron CoplandCinematography: Leo ToverStars: Olivia de Havilland, Montgomery Clift, Ralph Richardson, Miriam Hopkins, Ray Collins, Mona Freeman, Selena Royle, Harry Antrim, Russ Conway, David Thursby, Vanessa Brown, Betty LinleyProducer: William WylerStudio: Paramount PicturesAwards won: Academy Award for Best Actress (Olivia de Havilland)
Academy Award for Best Art Direction, Black and White
Academy Award for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White
Academy Award for Best Original Dramatic or Comedy Score (Aaron Copland)
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama (Olivia de Havilland)
National Board of Review Award for Best Actor (Ralph Richardson)
National Film Registry
Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Black-and-White (Leo Tover)
Academy Award for Best Director (William Wyler)
Academy Award for Best Picture
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Ralph Richardson)
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Golden Globe Award for Best Director
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Award details: (details at IMDb)

The Heiress is a 1949 American drama film directed by William Wyler and starring Olivia de Havilland as Catherine Sloper, Montgomery Clift as Morris Townsend, and Ralph Richardson as Dr. Sloper. Written by Ruth and Augustus Goetz, adapted from their 1947 play The Heiress. The play was suggested by the 1880 novel Washington Square by Henry James. The film is about a young naive woman who falls in love with a handsome young man, despite the objections of her emotionally abusive father who suspects the man of being a fortune hunter.

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