Gentleman's Agreement

Gentleman's Agreement

DVD - 2002
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Magazine writer Schuyler 'Phil' Green, a widower who has just arrived with his mother and young son in New York, is assigned the task of writing an expose of anti-Semitism. As he searches for a new angle on the topic, he decides to pass as a Jew for several months, which causes no end of trouble for his ailing mother and young son. It also puts his new society girlfriend on the spot, since despite all her intellectual convictions, she cannot quite shake the vicious prejudices of her particular group. In the 40s, Hollywood began exploring serious social problems in an upfront manner, and while a trifle too earnest for some people, this film puts the 'gentleman's agreement' among gentiles to discriminate against Jews directly in the spotlight


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Oct 26, 2018

"Gentleman's Agreement", 1947, is a solid film that gives each of us ample reason to mull over how we treat people we deem fundamentally different than ourselves. In this case the difference is how Jews are treated when they declare themselves to be Jewish. Gregory Peck goes around bullhorning to everyone "I'm Jewish. What are you going to do about it?". He gets some adverse reactions and suddenly everyone, including his fiancee, is an anti-semite. I am not saying anti-semitism isn't part of American life but when you keep pushing the issue it becomes a little like "I just shook hands with a leper. Will you now shake my hand? ". WWII had ended just two years ago when this film was made and Israel did not exist. Gregory was a lot happier with himself and others until he went on his sojourn. What did he expect people to do when he pushes the issue with every single person he meets?

BookReviewer2015 Oct 02, 2017

Solid movie with a good plot.

Oct 19, 2016

Had no idea! What an amazing, thought provoking film. Would Hollywood make such a film today?

Sep 29, 2016

This is a 1947 American drama directed by Elia Kazan, based on Laura Z. Hobson's 1947 novel of the same name.
It is about a journalist (played by Gregory Peck) who poses as a Jew to research an exposé on antisemitism in New York City and the affluent community of Darien, Connecticut.
The movie was controversial in its time because antisemitism appeared prevalent in the "American Establishment."
In fact, John Garfield who played a Jewish veteran in the movie turned into a victim of antisemitism when he was called to testify before the U.S. Congressional House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC).
Garfield denied communist affiliation and refused to "name names," effectively ending his film career.
Some say that the stress of this incident led to his premature death at the age of 39 from a heart attack.
In any case, this film is a historically priceless piece.

Aug 18, 2016

Oh my G, message movies are so boring. 1947's "Gentleman's Agreement" is like the bran flakes of movies: it may be good for you, but it sure is bland. Gregory Peck plays a journalist who poses as Jewish in order to expose anti-Semitism. Yes, it's real! While doing so, he begins to alienate his boring fiance. This won three Oscars: best picture, best director (Elia Kazan), and supporting actress (Celeste Holm). Actual Jews John Garfield and Sam Jaffe have supporting roles. Director Elia Kazan is well-regarded, but, really, he his reputation rests on three movies: "Streetcar," "On the Waterfront," "East of Eden." Written by playwright Moss Hart ("You Can't Take it With You"). It may have been daring in the late 40s, but it's very dated and very dull. The self-righteousness is more clear on blu-ray. Kazan did another movie about racism called "Pinky."

THUD55 Jan 29, 2014

Peck may have picked the wrong girl but at least Celeste Holm got the Oscar to keep her warm. this was a good and poignant movie. this is one that should be shown to high school or college kids to help them learn about racism. I enjoyed this movie.

Jan 27, 2014

I thought that there were some issues brought up that are still relevant today. How many of us stand up every time when our colleagues at work make jokes that make us uncomfortable? Substitute racism for anti-Semitism and you'll find that the same issues face black people when they look for work. Stereotypically "black" names on a job resume result in fewer call-backs than "white" names with the same qualifications - studies have shown this.
What ruined the movie somewhat for me was the ending. Gregory chose the wrong girl!!!

Jan 20, 2014

what did he expect? love?

Feb 04, 2013

Not his best movie but not bad in the least! Most definitely well done!
I found it depicted the situation well but not offensively. Compelling, convicting with a touch of humour as well. LOVE!

Also, Gregory Peck's smile didn't hurt

Feb 12, 2011

Beautiful actors and actresses. Gregory Peck presents the viewer with a wonderful and complex character, whose emotions you can feel deeply. John Garfield branches out from his typical Brooklynite character to make us feel the injustice of intolerance.

The movie deals with the rampant anti-Semitism that was so present in the movie industry at the time. Gentleman's Agreement is not only relevant today for its poignancy and realism, but it meant a risk for every actor and actress who took part in this film. Most Jewish people in the movie industry changed their names to avoid discrimination. What makes this film brilliant is it was made to enlighten, to send a message to generational Americans who had never experienced intolerance. The movie shows us what it would be like to walk in another's shoes.

This movie is historic, cultural art. Warner Brothers and MGM, with their contract studio system, greatly affected society and laid the foundation's for today's Hollywood. Some of their work, like this film, was hard-hitting and real, and our instant-gratification culture may not appreciate it. This film ought to be appreciated for what it is, but that is impossible for people with short attention spans.

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