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Tea and Sympathy 1956

  • Vincente Minnelli
  • June 6, 1956
  • 122 mins
  • English
  • Drama
Where does a woman's sympathy leave off -- and her indiscretion begin?
Tom Lee is a sensitive boy of 17 whose lack of interest in the "manly" pursuits of sports, mountain climbing and girls labels him "sister-boy" at the college he is attending. Head master Bill Reynolds' wife Laura sees Tom's suffering at the hands of his school mates (and her husband), and tries to help him find himself.

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I'm ambivalent, on the one hand a thoughtful look at gender stereotypes, on the other, seems to be saying that all you need is the right woman to make an "all-right guy." Still, I can't watch the "Walking Scene" without thinking of Robin Williams and Nathan Lane in The Birdcage.

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