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Directed by Elia Kazan

United States 1945 129 mins. In English

Adapted from the much loved novel by Betsy Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn relays the story of a poverty stricken family striving for more in Williamsburg, Brooklyn through the eyes of a young girl (Peggy Ann Garner, winner of the Academy Award for “the outstanding child actress of 1945”) whose circumstances are about to undergo a drastic change. Kazan’s deeply humanist film is one of the ultimate works of Americana captured on celluloid, and his deft direction helped steer actor James Dunn to his only Oscar win as the endlessly encouraging but ever drunken father. “Elia Kazan has directed this picture, his first, with an easy naturalness that has brought out all the tone of real experience in a vastly affecting film.”—Bosley Crowther, The New York Times.



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