The Little Foxes (1941) - Drama, Romance

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The ruthless, moneyed Hubbard clan lives in, and poisons, their part of the deep South at the turn of the twentieth century.

Director: William Wyler
Stars: Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall
Length: 116 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 12 out of 119 found boring (10.08%)

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The Little Foxes is as entertaining today as it was in 1941.

It seemed like they were simply their to bring a sense of realism to the movie, but it felt as if there was a deeper meaning to their presence and depiction that i didn't pick up on (probably because i was bored out of my mind).

This is an early effort by the great director William Wyler, who adapts the righteous and noteworthy Lillian Hellmann's somber play into a film in and of itself, employing fascinating visual descriptions and subterranean language without ever intruding.

This fascinating film is about a trio of money hungry, manipulating siblings and the lengths to which they are prepared to go in order to achieve what they want.

Slow-moving, overly melodramatic, overly scheme-filled, overwrought.

As the greedy, conniving Regina Giddons, Bette Davis gives a fascinating performance which ranks with her very finest.

Wyler masterfully unfolds the fascinating story with his customary visual elegance, helped by Toland's cinematography, while juggling a multitude of interesting characters.

The movie wasn't all bad though, Bettie Davis plays a fantastic anti-hero, and the later scenes of drama in the movie do, in part, make up for the slow beginning.

In part I think the bored came from the confusion because I had absolutely no idea what was going on.

This movie was immensely entertaining and as stated previously, I only wish I could have seen more.

Her "coming of age" translates to finally standing up to her domineering mother.

another stunning actress.

All I can say is, even Stalinist propaganda was more interesting than this film.

"The Little Foxes" is a fantastic example of 1940s Hollywood drama that will keep the audience on the edge of its seat.

a very well made, and very dry, gem of the golden age.

I am not going to lie though, I was pretty bored throughout the movie.

The Little Foxes is superlatively directed by Wyler, his use of the camera is relentless, he keeps the drama taut and does such a great job engrossing the audience into the story and its atmosphere to the extent it's like being there.

A deceptively slow start soon draws into the machinations of the Hubbard clan whose brazen backstabbings and betrayals even today make our jaws drop.

But, given the performances and the intriguing and relentless build-up of the story, it never feels as such.

I must admit the storyline was very thought out and well done but also could be a little dragged and boring at times.

Aside from that, this is a somewhat difficult yet absorbing drama to watch, and after seeing Davis as Regina Giddens, it would be hard to see Tallulah conveying Regina's cold cruelty.

There were many fascinating shots of the scenery throughout the movie, and the scenes moved at a constant steady pace.

This was the first movie i've seen in this class that actually bored me, i actually zoned out for the first time in a long time.

The play was undoubtedly great material to work with, but Wyler made it even more exciting without being too stagey.

and it bored me silly.

What we get throughout this film aside from brilliant acting is breathtaking cinematography.

I was very exciting to discover that the original play "The Little Foxes" was written By Lillian Hellman, a women in the late 1930.

This movie was just so intense, and the acting was incredible.

Stunning performances .

Bette Davis did an absolutely stunning job playing Regina, a cold, mean, money-oriented kind of woman.

Later the performances and the camera start to slow down, the movie becoming visually simplified as the drama intensifies, culminating in sequences of long takes and stark close-ups.

In the second part, the characters' cat-and-mouse games and attempts to outwit each other come to a head, resulting in some compelling moments.

To my surprise, on watching it a second time, ten years after the first, it seemed turgid, stagy, and even more predictable than the play.

The plot twists in this movie were unexpected and kept the movie exciting, as well as an incredibly superb level of character development that really allowed you to get a sense of who the characters really were.

Superb adaptation of Lilian Hellman's celebrated stage play sees Bette Davis delivering a compelling performance as the conniving matriarch of an ailing family.

Generally, though, I expected to be gaping and ended up yawning.

Like Being Hit in the Head with a Boring Hammer .

Absorbing character studies, gets better with each viewing.

The story may be compellingly told but it is still overlong and wordy, making the dealings hard to follow and even the more sympathetic characters hard to care about.

The greed and corruption that runs rampant in the Hubbards is stunning, even from today's perspective.

The supporting characters are equally enjoyable to watch!

Hellman play about greed within a dysfunctional family in the South at the turn of the 20th century becomes an absorbing screen drama.

Bette Davis is superb (of course) and her character Regina Giddons (nee Hubbard) is fascinating in its repulsiveness and sheer selfishness.

She would do anything in order to get as much money as she could, then get away from her Southern charmed life for a more exciting life in Chicago.

That is intriguing to an audience...

The climax in which she sits as her husband dies is breathtaking, time after time; she becomes a fixated, horrified and horrifying, porcelain doll.

Davis' stunning portrayal of the supremely grasping Regina Giddens leads a stellar cast which does a superb job of delineating a finely drawn group of characters.

Her riveting performance in this movie made me conscious of what a truly good actor can do.

Although at some parts, the scenes seemed to really dragged out and dry.

I enjoyed it very much.

The Little Foxes is coming of age film as much as it is a drama.

An equally absorbing turn comes from Patricia Collinge, playing a timid, flighty woman whose whole performance seems a build up to her hysterical crescendo two-thirds of the way through, after which she seems to fade forlornly from the narrative.

It's a wonderful movie and one which is worth watching.

Charles Dingle's evocation of Ben, an evil but intelligent man who NEVER stops thinking, even for a moment, of what will work to his advantage, is another breathtaking performance.

I found in her background many fascinating aspects justifying such a stance against capitalism and the choice to focus her story on a strong-minded woman who overcomes the abuse from her brothers and earns her independence by playing with their weapons.

Seeing her connive and manipulate is enjoyable.

A gleefully macabre and intensely suspenseful movie based on the Lillian Hellman play.

This also led to the disintegration of their compelling partnership in screen storytelling.

The lack of humanity in the greedy siblings is a bit problematic (they seem almost unrealistic) as is the fact that Wright's passage through life is more fascinating than the siblings' business deals since she is playing a more likable character than any of them - but overall, it is quite compelling stuff.

The downside was, in my opinion, the movie was a bit too drawn out for my liking.

-evil study where good persuasively, and in a non-contrived way, triumphs.

Good performances by all involved carry the initially-confusing story through, though the end is too ambiguous.

The majority of the time I was very bored.

The first part contains many less obvious touches that fit together well, so it is worth watching carefully, even if parts of it seem slow.

Watching it was like being hit in the head with a boring hammer, alternating with an irritating hammer, over and over, thud, thud thud.

Great Bette Davis drama, with the great lady giving a fascinating performance.

Still The Little Foxes is a riveting drama that will keep your interest through the whole film even if you don't buy the message totally.