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Sylvia (1965)

Unrated | | Drama | 12 March 1965 (West Germany)
Sylvia West is a young poetess engaged to Frederic Summers, an eccentric millionaire. Summers, a man who always fears he is being loved for his money, decides to make a small check on his ... See full summary »

Director:

Gordon Douglas

Writers:

Sydney Boehm (screenplay), Howard Fast (novel) (as E.V. Cunningham)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carroll Baker ... Sylvia: West (Karoki, Kay, Carlyle)
George Maharis ... Alan Macklin
Joanne Dru ... Jane (Bronson) Phillips
Peter Lawford ... Frederic Summers
Viveca Lindfors ... Irma Olanski
Edmond O'Brien ... Oscar Stewart
Aldo Ray ... Jonas Karoki
Ann Sothern ... Mrs. Argona / Grace Argona
Lloyd Bochner ... Bruce Stamford III
Paul Gilbert Paul Gilbert ... Lola Diamond
Jay Novello ... Father Gonzales
Nancy Kovack ... Big Shirley
Gene Lyons ... Gavin Cullen
Anthony Caruso ... Muscles
Alan Carney ... Gus
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Storyline

Sylvia West is a young poetess engaged to Frederic Summers, an eccentric millionaire. Summers, a man who always fears he is being loved for his money, decides to make a small check on his prospective bride. The results of this check completely shock him. Not one fact matches 'his' Sylvia. Intregued and bewildered, Summers hires detective Alan Maklin and has him make a thorough investigation on 'Who Is Sylvia.' Written by filmfactsman

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Carroll Baker is the Fury. George Maharis is the Force. Sylvia is the Explosion!

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Drama

Certificate:

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Trivia

This film had a long gestation. Producer Martin Poll bought the rights to the novel in 1961 and planned to have Paul Newman star. When the project was revived in 1964, Robert Reed was considered for the lead. See more »

Goofs

In the library sequence, none of books are marked with the Dewey Decimal System coding or other markings that would enable anyone to easily find or shelve books. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Argona: The word is "tilt", honey. If you're getting a proposition you can't handle, just yell "tlit one".
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Connections

Referenced in A Patch of Blue (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Love and Learn
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Music by Harold Arlen
Sung by Paul Anka
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Sylvia Is An Enriching Movie Experience
14 March 2001 | by kylerklSee all my reviews

Sylvia is a well developed film, from cast to direction. It was far ahead of its' time. The plot is slow in the beginning but quickly moves to a steady pace. Sylvia confronts difficult issues few movies can handle with any lasting credibility. The characters are rich and diverse in their perspectives. Carroll Baker delivers a superb performance as the female lead. Carroll Baker's supporting actors and actresses enrich the weave of the emotional undercurrents of the film. Sylvia is also complemented with the use of vivid symbolism and well formed dialogue.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

12 March 1965 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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