Tea And Sympathy

A sensitive prepschooler called "sister boy" by his peers, is offered more than tea and sympathy by the lovely housemaster's wife to help the boy prove his manhood.


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Tea And Sympathy
 
4.2

(based on 6 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

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    (1)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Classic style (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Movie buff (5), Collector (4)

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4.0

" A New Kind of Love "

By J.Gabin

from Pasadena, CA

About Me Movie Buff

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Tea And Sympathy:

I found the picture quality quite acceptable for a remastered edition still there are a few blemishes and marks fly by,lots of white specks,and a few bad frames. Average quality transfer (widescreen) for a M.G.M picture in this Warner Archive Collection.
The audio track is "ok", some minor issue from time to time nothing really serious.

RECOMMENDED

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Terrific melodrama

By Chris

from Hamden, CT

About Me Audiophile, Avid Reader, Collector, Movie Buff

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Classic
  • Engaging

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyone

    Comments about Tea And Sympathy:

    One of Vincente Minnelli's masterpieces. A clever, complex study of mainstream atttitudes toward homosexuality in the 50s (and now). The satire of American masculinity is sly and intelligent. A genuine classic of the old Hollywood.
    My one concern is that these DVDrs are showing problems even as they improve with cover art and trailers. Many tend to stick or load very slowly. I hope the technology is improved.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Very Well-Done

    By Toke

    from Seattle, WA

    About Me Collector, Movie Buff

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Classic
    • Warner has started trend

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Education

      Comments about Tea And Sympathy:

      A movie I always wanted to own...so thank you.
      Warner Archive...why not do it with your TV
      products as well? Maverick, 77 Sunset Strip,
      Hawaiian Eye???

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Fails the Test of Time

      By Bill

      from Lakewood, CO

      About Me Movie Buff

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Lead performances

      Cons

      • Print Quality
      • Unconvincing

      Best Uses

      • Nostalgia

      Comments about Tea And Sympathy:

      I first saw this movie in 1956, when I was about the same age as the character of Tom and facing many of the same self-doubts. To me, the movie seemed sensitive and timely.

      20 years age, when the movie was first released on laserdisc in its original CinemaScope format, I bought a copy for nostalgic reasons. Unfortunately, my reaction to the film was clouded by the poor video and audio quality of the laserdisc. I still have the laserdisc, but I never watched it a second time.

      When this "remastered" DVD was announced, I decided to give the film a third look to decide if it really had stood the test of time. Although the picture and sound quality are still poor (see below), I was finally able to assess the film on its own merits.

      Yes, the performances by the two Kerrs are excellent, but the rest of the movie suffers by comparison. The dreadful performance by Edward Andrews as the father, the overly macho performance by Erickson as the housemaster, and the excessive comraderie of the other boys (except for a fine performance by Darryl Hickman as the roommate) greatly diminish the credibility of the story. What seemed sensitive in 1956 seems way over the top today. You could argue that the housemaster and the other boys are actually the gay characters. The depressing "Letter from Laura" scene at the end (mandated by the Production Code) drags the film down even further.

      And then there's the quality of the DVD itself. Taken from the same low-grade print as the laserdisc, the image is only slightly improved, and the sound is still low and muffled. In addition, my copy froze up about midway through, and I had to skip two chapters to get it running properly again. I haven't yet decided whether I'll return the DVD for replacement or just toss it out and hang on to the laserdisc.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Deborah Kerr Shines!

      By alice_[...]

      from Des Moines, IA

      About Me Cinephile, Collector

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Classic

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Entertainment

        Comments about Tea And Sympathy:

        This is a great movie, with great performances. Very vivid cinematography and great direction by Vincente Minnelli. This DVD offers a great transfer of the film and while I would have loved for it to have some special features I am very happy to have the film on DVD.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Deborah Kerr at her best!

        By stargone

        from Oak Lawn, IL

        About Me Collector, Movie Buff

        Pros

        • Classic
        • Entertaining

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Entertainment

          Comments about Tea And Sympathy:

          The dvd takes a lot of time loading. When you can finally watch it's fine. The dvds in the past especially in the beginning were perfect.
          Now the dvds always seem to have problems. The price goes up and the quality goes down.

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