Limelight Poster

Release Date: October 23rd, 1952

DVD Release Date: April 11th, 2000

G|2 hr 25 min

Plot Summary
Depressed over her failed dance career, Terry (Claire Bloom) attempts suicide, only to be rescued by Calvero (Charles Chaplin), an impoverished, once-famous stage clown. Calvero revives Terry's health and prospects, and in the process recovers his own self-esteem as well. When Terry proposes marriage, Calvero thinks their age difference is too great, and leaves to become a street clown so that Terry's friendship with a promising young composer (Sydney Chaplin) can instead blossom.

Cast: Charlie Chaplin, Claire Bloom, Sydney Chaplin, Nigel Bruce, Buster Keaton, Norman Lloyd, Andre Eglevsky, Melissa Hayden

Director: Charlie Chaplin

Genres: Comedy drama, Drama

Production Co: Celebrated Productions

Distributors: United Artists

Keywords: Melodramatic, Amusing, Sacrifice, London, Office, Love, Rise

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Limelight focuses far too much on the club's downfall and not nearly enough on what attracted its denizens there in the first place, managing only to preach to the choir, forgetting to also take it to church. show more

  • Depending on your age, Limelight could make you nostalgic for those bad old days - and sort of glad you'll never be able to relive them. show more

  • All outrageous stuff. Gatien's story is worth telling. Which makes it all the more unfortunate that director Billy Corben presents it in such a methodical fashion. show more

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Nominated Film and British Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1953)
Winner Music (Original Score)