Monday, March 4, 2013

Tea and Sympathy

1956 American Feature

Cast: Deborah Kerr, John Kerr, Leif Erickson, Edward Andrews, Darryl Hickman, Norma Crane, Tom Laughlin and Dean Jones
Director: Vincente Minnelli
Writer: Robert Anderson, based on his play

Tom Lee is a sensitive boy of 17 whose lack of interest in "manly" pursuits labels him a "sister-boy" at the college he is attending. The head master's wife sees his suffering and tries to help him find himself.


  • Internet Movie Database: 7.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Audience: 71%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

  • DVD: Available
  • Book: Available


  • BAFTA Award nomination for Best British Actress (Kerr).

  • The original 1953 Broadway production of Tea and Sympathy, directed by Elia Kazan, won John Kerr the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance of Tom Lee.
  • Deborah Kerr and Leif Erickson joined John Kerr in re-creating their original stage roles for the film. 
  • Anthony Perkins made his Broadway debut as John Kerr's replacement in the role of Tom Lee.
  • The film features the famous line, spoken by Deborah Kerr to John Kerr (no relation): "Years from now, when you talk about this — and you will — be kind."

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