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Release Date: January 16th, 1991

DVD Release Date: June 19th, 2001

Not Yet Rated|2 hr 8 min

Plot Summary
Washed-up film director Harry Dawes (Humphrey Bogart) gets a second chance at stardom when he discovers stunning peasant Maria Vargas (Ava Gardner) dancing in a nightclub in Madrid, Spain. Goaded by his producer, strong-arming Wall Street financier Kirk Edwards (Warren Stevens), Harry convinces her to screen test for, and then star in, his next big picture. But as Edwards' possessive nature and the realities of stardom weigh on Maria, she seeks a genuine lover with whom she can escape.

Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ava Gardner, Edmond O'Brien, Marius Goring, Rossano Brazzi, Valentina Cortese, Elizabeth Sellars, Warren Stevens

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Genres: Drama

Production Co: United Artists

Keywords: Sacrifice, 1950s, Love, Passionate, Deception, London, Temptation


Nominated Writing (Story and Screenplay)