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Magnificent Obsession ()

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When churlish, spoiled rich man Bob Merrick foolishly wrecks his speed boat, the rescue team resuscitates him with equipment that's therefore unavailable to aid a local hero, Dr. Wayne Phillips, who dies as a result. Phillips had helped many people, and when Merrick learns Phillips' secret, to give selflessly and in secret, he tries it in a ham-handed way... (imdb)

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Magnificent Obsession belongs to 31 collections
1. Criterion Collection (public: moderated by caffe - 119 stars)
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Date User Score
Nov 17 teaty666 teaty666
70T9
Oct 30 Malcym
7T8
Jul 15 dean_
10T10
Jul 11 braddad68
92T7
Jul 01 FreddieQuell FreddieQuell
74T7
Jun 26 toxicwind toxicwind
6T4
Jun 16 drylandcroc drylandcroc
60T5
May 09 meliorism meliorism
80T8
Apr 05 92filmgeek
61T6
Apr 03 xacviant
84T8
Here begins the great cycle of Sirkian melodramas: a careless playboy (Rock Hudson) reforms and becomes a surgeon with the aim of healing the woman he loves (Jane Wyman). Sirk was still perfecting his formula, and there are moments which sag (too many heavenly choirs), but Wyman and Hudson give moving performances, and Sirk's firm command of character and color make for some formidable heights indeed.
Mar 11 RYM_byrates RYM-byrates
68T8
Feb 09 Buff
40T5
Feb 05 undinum undinum
85T8
Jan 14 cshadows2887
92T9
Nov 24, 2016 Ronin22
67T8
Oct 23, 2016 jerrywarton
69T7
Oct 17, 2016 mightyball
75T5
Sep 10, 2016 Kerc Kerc
20T6
In this film, I learned that hospitals in New Mexico use swinging saloon doors for their inpatient rooms instead of just regular ones.
Jul 16, 2016 kyvetti kyvetti
72T9
Jul 13, 2016 eddiewinslow
60T3
Jul 04, 2016 Col_Needham
100T10
Jul 04, 2016 MrWhiplash
90T7
Jun 05, 2016 MUBIvotes MUBIvotes
37T7
Jun 03, 2016 phil_ii phil-
83T9
May 25, 2016 M-B-M
7T8
May 05, 2016 giska giska
56T9
Apr 11, 2016 zevel6
55T5
Mar 25, 2016 PatsLondon Pats_London
75T4
Mar 25, 2016 DBibby DBibby
75T6
Mar 07, 2016 mandy mandy
7T8
Over the top and melodramatic, but another memorable Sirk film.
Feb 28, 2016 Magmadiver Magmadiver
85T8
Feb 28, 2016 jsim596
3T6
Feb 27, 2016 FrancoZero FrancoZero
16T9
Star Rating: ★★★★1/2
Feb 22, 2016 scottmcc scott.mcc
40T1
Feb 18, 2016 chair39
40T6
Jan 28, 2016 phoBos42
96T10
Dec 15, 2015 robot2xl robot2xl
73T6
Dec 11, 2015 firebirdekb
50T2
Dec 04, 2015 DeLarge DeLarge
87T7
Dec 01, 2015 rTrueFilm r/TrueFilm
90T8
Nov 29, 2015 JakeAesthete JakeAesthete
29T3
More frothy nonsense from Sirk, but much harder to detect the critical aspect than in All That Heaven Allows. I think i prefer my irony served upfront (a la Lubitsch) rather than buried under all the semiotic melodrama. Still ravishing to look at though.
Nov 28, 2015 da5id da5id
50T3
Nov 27, 2015 coroner
80T9
Oct 16, 2015 Niska Niska
41T7
Oct 15, 2015 anandare
70T4
Aug 24, 2015 Patatuela
70T6
Aug 22, 2015 henrybr
68T2
Aug 17, 2015 strangelime
90T8
Jul 31, 2015 GRouleau
74T6
Jul 16, 2015 thirdeye42
78T9
Jun 18, 2015 Dumbwill Dumbwill
80T6
May 30, 2015 Henrik Henrik
70T6
May 29, 2015 jackinthebox jackinthebox
80T8
May 18, 2015 zetes
70T5
May 13, 2015 preppy-3
70T6
Apr 24, 2015 si-sak
70T8
Apr 24, 2015 OldAle1
80T6
Apr 01, 2015 Warren Warren
85T8
Mar 07, 2015 filmcave
80T8
Jan 01, 2015 kccosmo
85T4
Dec 19, 2014 peekingpanda peekingpanda
60T8
Dec 05, 2014 Antares Antares
65T4
Dec 01, 2014 10kfilms
80T8
Nov 10, 2014 n00n2003
8T3
Oct 08, 2014 Kilgore
60T6
Oct 03, 2014 fabiovisnadi fabiovisnadi
92T9
Sep 17, 2014 angela79at
90T10
Sep 11, 2014 sdenka sdenka
80T7
Sep 02, 2014 juliomadiaga
86T6
Aug 09, 2014 Coheed
80T8
Jun 15, 2014 fakesenator fakesenator
68T5
Jun 05, 2014 chiefcuster chiefcuster
40T5
May 22, 2014 thiemen
6T6
Apr 18, 2014 glm01
81T7
80.500
Mar 11, 2014 drawingboard drawingboard
70T6
Mar 10, 2014 Not_Yuman Not Yuman
40T4
Mar 09, 2014 allan danozu
85T9
Mar 05, 2014 Communicants Communicants
80T8
Feb 20, 2014 sebby sebby
70T7
Jan 07, 2014 fact100 fact100
77T9
Dec 05, 2013 HansLucas Hans_Lucas
75T4
Oct 29, 2013 ecalder ecalder
55T4
Oct 21, 2013 Jorg
70T6
Oct 15, 2013 Marcossilva Marcossilva
77T7
Oct 10, 2013 redflag redflag
94T8
Sep 20, 2013 Dogubomb Dogubomb
60T8
Somehow both ridiculous and genuine all at once, classic Sirks?!
Sep 16, 2013 Limdebois Limdebois
60T5
Sep 10, 2013 Allan_Kardec Allan Kardec
93T8
Sep 03, 2013 TraverseTown TraverseTown
85T9
Aug 25, 2013 pilgermann pilgermann
80T8
Melodrama to the utmost power but it's really an enjoyable film, and it even got me a bit emotional towards the end.
Aug 13, 2013 wetwillies wetwillies
85T6
I don't know if I really 'get' Mr. Sirk, but I know that I always enjoy watching his films, simply because they are so beautiful to look at. I also know that if Douglas Sirk did not direct this movie, but rather it was handed off to any studio lot filmmaker out there, it would not be nearly as successful. He just has this special flair.
Aug 10, 2013 Sheldrake Sheldrake
80T9
Jul 18, 2013 flowing flowing
60T5
Jun 27, 2013 mallamp
90T10
Jun 11, 2013 Gordon_Cole Gordon Cole
73T6
May 29, 2013 3_Qs ???
53T4
May 25, 2013 green_man Edson Abas
75T8
May 13, 2013 filmcricket
67T7
May 02, 2013 understamp understamp
80T9
Apr 27, 2013 hardcourters rthornhill
91T8
my latest obsession: to see more sirk! thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful and strangely captivating film.
Apr 09, 2013 Forrester
70T6
Apr 05, 2013 FlixR8r FlixR8r
60T5
Apr 05, 2013 8452f92d2b31
100T10
Mar 11, 2013 mxr110
65T5
Feb 21, 2013 Bevo52 Bevo52
83T7
Nov 15, 2012 Ronin21
77T7
Oct 30, 2012 Danilolopes Danilolopes
79T6
Sep 16, 2012 jeffv jeff_v
67T5
Sep 12, 2012 andymalafaia andymalafaia
75T10
Sep 09, 2012 debaser1985
64T4
Sep 09, 2012 ldpfilm ldpfilm
74T5
Sep 02, 2012 CCLZA CCLZA
90T10
I never cease to be amazed at Sirk. Even in the most preposterous plot twists you can't stop rooting for the characters to ultimately succeed. And the visuals are a marvel I relish every second of.
Aug 19, 2012 Weafdog Weafdog
43T8
Jul 29, 2012 B_Side B-Side
65T3
Jul 04, 2012 julianaesk julianaesk
70T3
Jul 03, 2012 cinemahell cinema_hell
75T5
Jul 01, 2012 Carlospro Carlospro
80T8
Jun 30, 2012 netsirhc
8T9
May 31, 2012 DerDude DerDude
7T7
May 10, 2012 glm
80T7
79.750
Apr 21, 2012 nrm4
74T9
Mar 05, 2012 guvolefou guvolefou
75T6
Feb 14, 2012 dsjoerdsma
70T5
Jan 19, 2012 joseywales joseywales
74T7
Jan 10, 2012 jethro
70T5
Nov 16, 2011 chmulcr0n chmul_cr0n
74T8
Oct 24, 2011 Darren Darren
83T8
Oct 06, 2011 avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
67T9
Sep 10, 2011 Duval Spit
79T4
Sep 08, 2011 whitejeft whitejeft
94T9
Aug 10, 2011 WBadger WBadger
82T9
Jul 20, 2011 katsuben
5T9
Jun 23, 2011 Kazaam Kazaam
95T10
Jan 28, 2011 KasperL KasperL
60T6
As always with Sirk, there's the curious combination of a legitimate weepie and the "OMG, this is so over-done, it's funny"-factor. The promising premise was never fully explored... until 'Pay It Forward' bastardized it years and years later, that is. I hate to admit this but Wyman is too unattractive (plain, I guess is the PC wording) for me to invest in the romance. And is it just me or does Rock Hudson look a bit like Sly? (or maybe it's just his acting style?)
Dec 06, 2010 SlantMag SlantMag
35T10
"What people don't quite give Sirk credit for nowadays in their rush to justify his intellectual credentials is the fact that if he didn't necessarily believe in the cheesecake he served up." - Eric Henderson
Dec 01, 2010 Madeline Madeline
76T4
Oct 24, 2010 screentime
74T7
Oct 11, 2010 pikul
85T4
Oct 05, 2010 jorge
80T8
Sep 25, 2010 Al Chambers
85T4
Aug 14, 2010 IMDb_byvotes IMDb-byvotes
70T6
Apr 09, 2010 BaalMan
75T5
Mar 16, 2010 ledfloyd
60T3
Mar 10, 2010 margot margot
90T7
Feb 13, 2010 3rdman_ii 3rdman
8T8
Feb 01, 2010 billkerwin billkerwin
92T9
An outrageous but entertaining "women's picture" directed with great style.
Jan 19, 2010 onetwothree
70T9
Jan 01, 2010 kastenm kastenm
68T5
Dec 09, 2009 aevitatis
65T3
Dec 09, 2009 dfernandes dfernandes
70T5
Dec 02, 2009 cinebaixar
80T6
Nov 12, 2009 Kaiserkomori Kaiserkomori
50T5
Oct 29, 2009 BigEvil Nathan S
2T3
Fucking ridiculous. A lame story of hard-earned redemption with simplistic, banal morality. The problem is that Hudson's character, blamed for all the catastrophes that occur throughout the film, isn't really guilty of anything except being hard-headed. Laced with overcooked sentiment and soapy performances, this one doesn't have the provocative charm that would later mark the superior All That Heaven Allows.
Oct 23, 2009 svenerik svenerik
85T8
Although it is my least favorite Sirk film, it is still one that I would happily view again, simply because Sirk is always working on at least two levels at a time. The blindness part was one bridge to far into melodrama craziness for me, but this is partly because I'm just not a huge Jane Wyman fan I think.
Oct 11, 2009 lyrradsemaj lyrradsemaj
65T4
Oct 08, 2009 ehrenkm
35T1
Oct 03, 2009 winds winds
5T6
Sep 09, 2009 negative
2T6
Aug 30, 2009 Theodora Theodora
75T6
Jul 19, 2009 FitFortDanga MartinTeller
83T8
Not as subversive as Sirk's better works, but I've decided that the subversion is not the real reason I like him so much. It adds an extra layer of depth, but it's really just a sideshow. The main attraction is Sirk's wonderful flair for melodrama, the way he elevates it above the usual soapiness one expects. You never feel the characters are being stupid or unreasonable. And this is a mighty fine melodrama. Tears were jerked. Hudson and Wyman are better in ATHA, but they're wonderful here too.
May 31, 2009 spiritofeden
78T9
May 18, 2009 okidude
5T10
Apr 24, 2009 JooJoo JooJoo
6T10
Upon a retrospective of Sirk's work, Rainer Werner Fassbinder spoke of a "direct tenderness" that he found unique and startling - I understand this now. I won't deny there's some hokum involved, but if you find yourself attached to these characters, everything is accepted. Wyman & Hudson are two of the finest actors that have ever lived.
Apr 23, 2009 imdb imdb
70T8
Mar 30, 2009 Jos Jos
91T10
Mar 02, 2009 Derrick_X Derrick X
84T9
Mar 02, 2009 paulofilmo paulofilmo
74T9
A beautiful, humanistic morality tale. Sensitively shot, with wonderful performances, colour, and a score that seems to master both a plaintive hue and a rousing swell. I was enamored. It doesn't have the power, style, or provocation of say, A Patch of Blue, but I love the chocolate box stuff, too.
Feb 22, 2009 sidehacker sidehacker
55T3
Feb 19, 2009 schnofel schnofel
59T6
Feb 12, 2009 mattburgess mattburgess
76T8
Dec 26, 2008 kangadoodoo kangadoodoo
70T8
Dec 06, 2008 kyleloomis kyle.loomis
2T2
Nov 02, 2008 filmaffinity filmaffinity
73T9
Sep 09, 2008 Gody85 Gody85
63T8
Jun 23, 2008 MrsEmmaPeel MrsEmmaPeel
76T6
May 04, 2008 lynchian
71T6
Apr 30, 2008 Mango
6T9
Feb 09, 2008 filmzz
92T6
Dec 10, 2007 welike
50T10
Dec 07, 2007 AddisondeWit
77T7
Sep 14, 2007 DrinkMilk
65T7
Sep 14, 2007 Moribunny Moribunny
75T9
Magnificent Obsession is hardcore melodrama, much of it definitely silly, with simplistic moralism to top it off. It's also involving, well-paced, saturated with color, and within the confines of a genre founded on exaggeration, most of it is notably believable and effective. Classic Douglas Sirk, in other words.
Jul 25, 2007 TroyAnderson
90T10
Apr 27, 2007 Stain Stain
100T10
Douglas Sirk's best film. The ultimate in Extreme Chick Pictures. Half the audience will be in tears, and the other half will be laughing
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