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466 Ratings

The Heiress

Directed by William Wyler
United States, 1949
Drama, Romance


A young naive woman falls for a handsome young man who her emotionally abusive father suspects is a fortune hunter.

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The Heiress Directed by William Wyler

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1950 | 4 wins including: Best Actress in a Leading Role

1950 | 4 nominations including: Best Picture

National Board of Review

1949 | 2 wins including: Best Actor

Writers Guild of America

1950 | Nominee: Best Written American Drama (Screen)

Critics reviews

One of the most remarkable aspects of The Heiress is how, despite the high drama, the confrontations are chillingly calm – Morris’s desperate howl at the end is one of the few times we see anyone shout. It may be the only time Clift lets us see a genuine emotion from Morris.
October 30, 2015
In the contemporary languages of therapy and self-help, romantic disappointments and other losses of innocence tend to be spoken of as formative, ultimately productive traumas, events that baptize the young subject into the realities of adult interaction. Catherine understands this; the trouble is that she does not want to be baptized.
February 12, 2014
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