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"The Grass is Greener"

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In this1961 comedy film, life has become so rough that an high class British family must open their home to tourists. Enter an American millionaire and the British are suddenly not so stiff, with the wife running to London for a little fun.

Love triangles are usually not like this! Staring Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum, and Jean Simons.

From Amazon.com: A truly brilliant producer brings you a thrilling tale of love and danger that will live in your memory as long as there is romance in your heart ! Plot Synopsis: Queen Elizabeth is running this show.

The men in her court should be thinking about how to add to the glory of the Elizabethan Age and how to foil those pesky Spanish who got far too much influence in England when her older sister Mary was on the throne after their father Henry VIII was succeeded by their sickly half brother.

Elizabeth thinks Michael Ingolby can do great things. Michael is mostly thinking about one of Elizabeth's ladies in waiting, Cynthia. Soon his mind is on survival when Elizabeth sends him on a voyage to Spain.

Review: Cary Grant is the befuddled English earl casually puttering around his tourist attraction of a grand old estate in casual dress while a bull of an American millionaire (Robert Mitchum) crashes into his life and seduces Grant's sophisticated lady (Deborah Kerr).

It's pure fantasy, of course, with its cool, cultured lovers swapping witty banter with the same calm they swap gunshots in an old-fashioned duel. Have adultery and jealousy ever been so civilized?

Stanley Donen never shakes this very British drawing-room comedy of manners free of its talky, stagebound source or its deliberate snail's pace, but he does manages to bring a lightness that softens the wit with an American lilt.

Ultimately, though, it's all about a crack cast in fine form: Mitchum's sleepy-eyed insolence, Kerr's easy elegance, Jean Simmons's flighty outrageousness, and especially the charm and measured grace that is Cary Grant. --Sean Axmaker

Cast & Production:
Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Moray Watson

Directors: Stanley Donen

Producer: Grandon Productions Ltd. [GB]
Audio/Visual: sound, color
Keywords: Comedy

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The Grass Is Greener DVD

Starring: Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr Director: Stanley Donen

• Actors: Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr, Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Moray Watson
• Directors: Stanley Donen
• Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
• Language: English
• Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
• Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
• Number of discs: 1
• Rating
• Studio: Republic Pictures
• DVD Release Date: September 18, 2001
• Run Time: 105 minutes

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