6.2/10
144
2 user 3 critic

The Sea Wall (1957)

This Angry Age (original title)
During the 1950s, in French Indochina, the Dufresne family struggles to survive amid harsh economic times and natural disasters.

Director:

René Clément

Writers:

René Clément (screenplay) (as Rene Clement), Marguerite Duras (novel) | 2 more credits »
Reviews
4 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

It's the spring of 1944 and Therese is in a hurry to get back to Paris. The trains aren't running from the village where she has gone to visit her father's grave and to fill two suitcases ... See full summary »

Director: René Clément
Stars: Simone Signoret, Stuart Whitman, Geneviève Page
Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Aging gunslinger Jacob Wade hopes to settle down with his estranged son, but his old enemies have other plans for him.

Director: Henry Levin
Stars: Jack Palance, Anthony Perkins, Neville Brand
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

From the Louis Hemon novel "M. Ripois and His Nemesis" about Andre Ripois, a philanderer in pursuit of love and riches from Paris to London. Andre is breaking up with his wife, Catherine, ... See full summary »

Director: René Clément
Stars: Gérard Philipe, Valerie Hobson, Joan Greenwood
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

True story of the life of Jimmy Piersall, who battled mental illness to achieve stardom in major league baseball.

Director: Robert Mulligan
Stars: Anthony Perkins, Karl Malden, Norma Moore
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Desperation and secret passions on a family farm lead to tragedy.

Director: Delbert Mann
Stars: Sophia Loren, Anthony Perkins, Burl Ives
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Evlyne, a judge's young wife, falls in love with Remy, that lives in Paris, during Holidays. After following him in the lovers city, she decides to return home to inform her husband about ... See full summary »

Director: René Clément
Stars: Michèle Morgan, Jean Marais, Jean Servais
Scar Tissue (1975)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A naive young girl is forcefully kidnapped while babysitting the son of a wealthy food mogul. Her and the boy are held hostage by an ex-stuntman and a vengeful movie star.

Director: René Clément
Stars: Maria Schneider, Sydne Rome, Vic Morrow
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A boy is kidnapped and murdered on the French Riviera. The police, who had watched the delivery of the ransom to TWO men give chase once they determine that the boy is dead. The police ... See full summary »

Director: André Cayatte
Stars: Anthony Perkins, Jean-Claude Brialy, Renato Salvatori
The Damned (1947)
Adventure | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Oslo, April 19th 1945, as the Third Reich is living its last days, a group of Nazis and sympathizers (a Wehrmacht general; an SS commander and his "assistant"; an Italian industrialist and ... See full summary »

Director: René Clément
Stars: Marcel Dalio, Henri Vidal, Florence Marly
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Lisa Macklin, an Italian woman, has a fight with her American husband Robert in a Paris night club. He leaves the next day for a business trip and Lisa says she does not want to see him ... See full summary »

Director: Anatole Litvak
Stars: Sophia Loren, Anthony Perkins, Gig Young
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

After the Civil War, a Southern boy aged 12 runs away from his foster home, wanders the countryside and meets various odd characters along the way.

Director: Servando González
Stars: Anthony Perkins, Dana Elcar, Henry Hull
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

This film is the moving story of Edda Ciano, the daughter of Italian dictator Mussolini, who was unable to prevent the atrocious assassination of her husband by fanatics of her father.

Director: Carlo Lizzani
Stars: Silvana Mangano, Frank Wolff, Vivi Gioi
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Silvana Mangano ... Suzanne Dufresne
Anthony Perkins ... Joseph Dufresne
Richard Conte ... Michael
Jo Van Fleet ... Mme. Dufresne
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Guido Celano Guido Celano ... Bart
Shao Chuan Chu Shao Chuan Chu ... Caporal
Nehemiah Persoff ... Albert
Yvonne Sanson ... Carmen
Alida Valli ... Claude
Larry Williams Larry Williams ... Roland
Edit

Storyline

In French Indochina, during the 1950s, a family of French colonists struggles to survive amid harsh economic times. The Dufresne family has invested all of its savings into a rice farm.The mother, Mrs. Dufresne, has given all of her love and care to raise her twins. The twins, brother Joseph and sister Suzanne are in their 20s and are inseparable. They love their mother who can sometimes be overly-protective, bossy and stressed out. The family has a few Vietnamese house servants who benefited from the family's generosity when they received free plots of land from the Dufresne homestead. Hard economic times are forcing many farmers to sell their lands to major landowners and corporations. The Dufresne family is regularly asked to sell their farm but mother Dufresne refuses. One day, Albert, the son of a local tycoon, is at the Dufresne farm offering 15,000 dollars for the lands. The price is fair but mother Dufresne refuses to sell, out of pride. Her son, Joseph, tired of the dead-end ... Written by nufs68

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Out of Our Raging Generation... See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Italy | France | USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

31 October 1957 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sea Wall See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In 1958, Columbia Pictures distributed this film on a double bill with Screaming Mimi (1958). See more »

Quotes

Albert: It's so nice to be with people as gay as you are
Suzanne Dufresne: What did he say?
Mme. Dufresne: As gay as we are
Joseph Dufresne: If he only knew...
See more »

Connections

Remade as The Sea Wall (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Uh Huh (the Crawl)
(as Uh Uhu("Crawl")
by Leroy Kirkland and Billy Dawn
sung by Silvana Mangano
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Fondly remembered jewel-of-the-mekong
11 February 2007 | by lqualls-dchinSee all my reviews

This movie hasn't been around in decades, and i was only a child when i saw it, yet it has stayed in my memory as few other movies have. I remember that it was shot on location in Southeast Asia, and that the wide-screen color imagery just seemed so exotic, humid and slightly decaying. The close relationship of the two "teenagers" (Anthony Perkins and Silvana Mangano) seemed disturbing and poignant. Am i correct in remembering a scene where Mangano dances to excite a potential boyfriend, while Perkins watches, consumed with jealousy? Jo Van Fleet as their beleaguered mother, with her exhaustion and her sudden rages, seems like the third panel in the triptych of Van Fleet's "aging women" roles (the other two are in EAST OF EDEN and in WILD RIVER). I also remember Alida Valli as the sophisticated woman (does she have some sort of limo?) who gets involved with Perkins.

I've read the novel by Duras, which i love, but i haven't seen this movie since its first release, when my (twin) sister and i were taken to it by our grandmother. We were excited because there were very few movies which seemed to be about twin siblings (i didn't realize that the characters weren't supposed to be twins until i read the novel a few years later). The relationship between Perkins and Mangano did seem to be especially close. I also have no idea where this movie is: there hasn't been a public screening of this movie in the US in almost 50 years! (If there has been, i'm ready to be informed of that fact.)


18 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed