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1950 2.0/5 IMDb 8.5/10 (139k) NR SuperHD 110 minutes

When a struggling screenwriter stumbles upon the crumbling mansion of washed-up actress Norma Desmond, she persuades him to help her mount a comeback.

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William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson, Fred Clark, Lloyd Gough, Jack Webb, Charles Dayton, Cecil B. DeMille Directed by Billy Wilder

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  • Winner, Afi - Top 100 Movies
  • Winner, Golden Globe Awards - Best Motion Picture (Drama) 1951
  • Nominee, Academy Awards - Best Actor nominee 1951 William Holden
  • Winner, Academy Awards - Best Writing 1951
  • Winner, Academy Awards - Best Music Score 1951
  • Nominee, Academy Awards - Best Film Editing nominee 1951
  • Winner, Academy Awards - Best Art Direction Black and White 1951
  • Nominee, Academy Awards - Best Cinematography Black and White nominee 1951
  • Nominee, Academy Awards - Best Director nominee 1951 Billy Wilder
  • Nominee, Academy Awards - Best Picture nominee 1951
  • Nominee, Golden Globe Awards - Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture nominee 1951
  • Winner, Golden Globe Awards - Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama) 1951
  • Winner, Golden Globe Awards - Best Director (Motion Picture) 1951
  • Nominee, Academy Awards - Best Actress nominee 1951 Gloria Swanson
  • Nominee, Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actor nominee 1951 Erich von Stroheim
Rotten Tomatoes® Scores
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Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

A tour de force for Swanson and one of Wilder's better efforts.

Don Druker, Chicago Reader, 2007-08-14


...They rate a nod for daring, as well as credit for an all-around filmmaking job that, disregarding the unpleasant subject matter, is a standout.

William Brogdon, Variety, 2007-06-28


One of Wilder's finest, and certainly the blackest of all Hollywood's scab-scratching accounts of itself.

Geoff Andrew, Time Out, 2006-06-24


Still the best Hollywood movie ever made about Hollywood.

Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, 2005-09-29


What's not recognized enough is the indelible, self-sickened performance of William Holden as Desmond's boy-toy/hired hack.

Michael Atkinson, Village Voice, 2003-07-29


This is the greatest film about Hollywood ever put on celluloid by Hollywood.

James Berardinelli, ReelViews, 2003-04-03


Remains the best drama ever made about the movies because it sees through the illusions, even if Norma doesn't.

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, 2000-01-01


While all the acting is memorable, one always thinks first and mostly of Miss Swanson, of her manifestation of consuming pride, her forlorn despair and a truly magnificent impersonation of Charlie Chaplin.

Thomas M. Pryor, New York Times, 2000-01-01