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Tender Is the Night (1962)

Approved | | Drama | 23 February 1962 (West Germany)
A Psychiatrist and his life with a patient he helped to recover.

Director:

Henry King

Writers:

Ivan Moffat (screenplay), F. Scott Fitzgerald (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Jones ... Nicole Diver
Jason Robards ... Dr. Richard 'Dick' Diver (as Jason Robards Jr.)
Joan Fontaine ... Baby Warren
Tom Ewell ... Abe North
Cesare Danova ... Tommy Barban
Jill St. John ... Rosemary Hoyt
Paul Lukas ... Dr. Dohmler - Psychiatrist
Bea Benaderet ... Mrs. McKisco
Charles Fredericks Charles Fredericks ... Mr. Albert Charles McKisco
Sanford Meisner ... Dr. Franz Gregorovious
Mac McWhorter Mac McWhorter ... Colis Clay
Albert Carrier ... Louis
Richard De Combray Richard De Combray ... Francisco Prado
Carole Mathews ... Mrs. Hoyt
Alan Napier ... Señor Pardo
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Storyline

A Psychiatrist and his life with a patient he helped to recover.

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Kicks to Buy! Souls to Sell! How the Reckless Set Lives it Up - And Loves It! See more »

Genres:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1962 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Tierna es la noche See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,900,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Divers are based on real-life couple Gerald and Sara Murphy, friends and patrons of the famous, including the author of this story, F. Scott Fitzgerald. Poet Archibald Macleish once said of the Murphys that "there was a shine to life wherever they were". See more »

Goofs

The American flag adorning the child's sand castle has its stars arranged in the staggered rows of 5 and 6 stars as in the current 50 stars arrangement. An American flag of the 1920's would have had its stars in the 6 rows of 8 arrangement. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Albert Charles McKisco: What's your place in the economy of life, Barban?
Tommy Barban: I shoot
Mr. Albert Charles McKisco: Just any old thing, huh?
Tommy Barban: Well, er... buffalo in Africa, tigers in India, Bolsheviks in Europe...
Mr. Albert Charles McKisco: Don't you ever get the urge to do anything?
Tommy Barban: Yes. I would like to restore the Holy Roman Empire.
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Version of Tender Is the Night (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Tender Is the Night
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Sung by an off-screen vocal group during the opening credits
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Tedious soaper...one which gives no hint as to F. Scott Fitzgerald's passion or genius
5 December 2010 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

An American doctor in the 1930s marries the mental patient he has been treating, but life together in the South of France proves to be an unsettling mix of emotional highs and lows. F. Scott Fitzgerald's epic novel, the last book he had published before his death, is most likely unfilmable; this glossy, indifferently-made adaptation has so little depth that it barely seems to give the source material a chance. Jason Robards continually snarls and flashes his teeth as Dr. Richard Diver (whom everyone ridiculously keeps referring to as 'Dick'); Jennifer Jones is the unstable wife he has 'cured'; Joan Fontaine is Jennifer's decadent sister; Jill St. John is a flirtatious actress out to stir up trouble in paradise. No one involved has the vaguest idea how to approach the material, least of all director Henry King, who allows his cast to visibly flounder. In a dated subplot, Robards, who has been treating a young homosexual, is accused by the boy's father of having similar inclinations, to which Robards responds like a rabid dog. It's too ludicrous to take seriously, and yet too limp and meandering to be passable as camp. The locales are nice and the Oscar-nominated title song is a big plus. Otherwise, an awfully long 'Night'. ** from ****


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