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Daisy Miller
Daisy Miller
Actors: Cybill Shepherd, Barry Brown, Cloris Leachman, Mildred Natwick, Eileen Brennan
Director: Peter Bogdanovich
Genres: Drama
G     2003     1hr 31min

An adaptation of the Henry James novella of the same name, DAISY MILLER stars Cybill Shepherd as the title character, a beautiful American girl whose headstrong ways create quite a stir in European society during the 1800s...  more »


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Actors: Cybill Shepherd, Barry Brown, Cloris Leachman, Mildred Natwick, Eileen Brennan
Director: Peter Bogdanovich
Creators: Alberto Spagnoli, Peter Bogdanovich, Verna Fields, Frank Marshall, Frederic Raphael, Henry James
Genres: Drama
Sub-Genres: Love & Romance
Studio: Paramount
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 08/12/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/1974
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1974
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 31min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: G (General Audience)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Member Movie Reviews

C. M P. (selkie)
Reviewed on 11/18/2008...
I love the book & had wanted to see the movie of it but I could not think how Cybill Shepherd could pull off the part of Daisy Miller.
Amazingly enough, she did---& very well I might add.

A really good movie with beatiful costumes & setting. If you liked Tess, you will like this, too.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Justina C.
Reviewed on 7/8/2008...
Wonderful period dress.
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Tarra S. (thesaintmom) from PIEDMONT, SC
Reviewed on 5/9/2008...
Great movie!!!!!A++++++
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Underrated Masterpiece - James Captured.
Mark D Burgh | Fort Smith, AR United States | 02/23/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Peter Bogdanovich chose to make an historical costume film in 1973 against all commerical and critical trends, yet looking at his earlier films, Last Picture Show, What's Up Doc, and Paper Moon, it's not hard to say that all he did direct were historical films--even What's Up Doc has it's roots in the 1930's. Henry James portrait of the quintessential American girl of 1876 struck many as anachronistic, and further allowed the animus arising from Bogdanovich's and Shephard's personal lives cloud their judgement about this film. I think they are all wrong. Cybil Shephard does a remarkable job as Daisy Miller, capturing every maddening nuance that James wrote in his novel. Her performance is shaded, funny, and moving, especially among the group of talented actors surrounding her on this film. In fact, there is no performer who is miscast or does poorly in the film. A large part of the reason this film works so well is that Bogdanovich and Frederic Raphael stuck closley to James' original text, adding little and fleshing out only in a few key scenes. The use of the actual places James set the story also add the force of the work. I like this film better than the Ivory-Merchant versions of Henry James -The Bostonians - The Europeans - mainly because, unlike Bogdanovich - they seem to have little joy in the actual shooting of a film, whereas Bogdanovich's shot choice and blocking stem from his love of cinema and his knowledge of the art. Daisy Miller is a lost film which anyone interested in the art should watch. Reading the James novel before viewing this helps, but this film captures the book so well, reading the James may not be as necessary as for other adaptations. The director's commentary is not to be missed either; Bodganovitch is wry, fatalistic, proud, and erudite all at once. One theme that runs constant betweent the film and commentary is how many of the people involved in the film died young, which is funny in a deeply cosmic way. When I teach Daisy Miller, I will show this film."
Cybill Shepherd shines
C. Leidig | Akron, Ohio United States | 11/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Cybilll Shepherd shines in this adaption of Henry James's story, "Daisy Miller." She gives an authentic performance as an American girl who is not wise to the ways of gentile society. You feel for her as she continues to make mistakes in this group of "aristocrats." Bogdanovich caputres the period remarkably well, and the cinematography is breathtaking. The Late Barry Brown, Cloris LEachman, Eileen Brennan and Mildred Natwick are on hand in supporting performances. This is an underrated gem that is ripe for discovery."
C. Leidig | 05/23/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"After reading about the bad press that this film received when it opened, I was quite reluctant to watch it but I loved the story too much not to. I'm glad I decided to do so, the film is beautifully filmed (mostly on location)and beautifully costumed, with a very good cast. The supporting players are superb especially Cloris Leachman and Mildred Natwick. The two leads took some more time to get used to. Possibly because I always expect people to speak with British accents in period pictures, I initially found their Midwestern sounding accents quite jarring and anachronistic. That feeling never entirely faded until the last third of the film. Cybill Sheperd speaks incredibly fast, but as Bogdanovich explains on the commentary track, this was how women spoke back then and how the character spoke in the book. Nevertheless, it is quite jarring. Cybill Sheperd really does a very good job as Daisy Miller,though, especially in those shots where she doesn't speak but merely looks at Winterbourne, she really communicates everything the character feels and is through those looks. Barry Brown didn't seem to me to fit the role of a sophisticated gentleman, but he and Shepard do have some chemistry. This is really a very good film, 4 for the film itself but along with the excellent commentary by Bogdanovich the DVD, it deserves a 5."