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The Great Lie
The Great Lie
Actors: Bette Davis, George Brent, Mary Astor, Lucille Watson, Hattie McDaniel
Director: Edmund Goulding
NR     1hr 47min

AN AUTHENTIC REGION 1 DVD FROM WARNER BROTHERS. — SYNOPSIS: — Tempestuous, ambitious concert pianist Sandra Kovac (Mary Astor) shares a bond with down-to-earth Maggie Van Allen (Bette Davis) and her little boy Pete. Sandra's...  more »


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Actors: Bette Davis, George Brent, Mary Astor, Lucille Watson, Hattie McDaniel
Director: Edmund Goulding
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Black and White
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1941
Run Time: 1hr 47min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Subtitles: English, French

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Movie Reviews

Bette Davis and George Brent- It doesn't get any better!
Rita Reader | 07/21/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is one of my favorite classic movies. I watch it over and over, and I never get tired of the story. Mary Astor certainly deserved her Oscar nod for this! Some of the best scenes are of these two formidable ladies and how they cat fight it out. Bette is awesome and you really see why she is such an acting talent. George Brent is great too, but the ladies fold the movie up and put it in their pocket. You won't regret buying this one. It's a keeper!"
Classic 1940's Bette Davis. Nuff said
Joseph P. Menta, Jr. | Philadelphia, PA USA | 11/25/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Bette Davis, Mary Astor, a love triangle, a child born out of wedlock, lots of great production values... what's not to be engrossed about? And I'm saying this as a guy who's really not the primary audience for this quintessential "women's picture".

"The Great Lie" on DVD features a sharp picture and good sound, and a variety of extra features. The bonus materials are not so much "behind the scenes" pieces about the main feature, but rather short subjects that movie-goers may have been exposed to if they went to see "The Great Lie" in theaters back in 1941. All were interesting in varying degrees except for the newsreel footage of a banquet of some kind, which featured no sound. One wonders why they included it here.

In any event, pick up this DVD for the good story and powerful character interaction between Ms. Davis and Ms. Astor during the movie itself. Everything else is just a minor bonus."
Lively melodrama with Astor a fine co-star to Davis
Michael J. Brooks | 09/12/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Great Lie is a slick, classic "women's picture" which Warners were very much the specialists at by the early 40's.

Mary Astor is the perfect self indulgent, spoiled, and tempestuous concert pianist opposite Davis' more subdued character. The scenes between her and Davis are most enjoyable with fur flying exquisitely in certain scenes. Nice to see an artist with the talent and versatitlity to match Davis. Very much a Davis picture with Brent who is cast perfectly opposite Davis. He was a very versatile leading man at Warners opposite strong leading ladies such as Davis - they appeared many times together.

This film was produced at the height of Davis' powers and the handsome production values and sets show this. Topped off by another of Max Steiner's rich scores that make this unmistakably a Warners top production."
Terra D. Beezel | WV USA | 04/06/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"THE GREAT LIE is really Bette Davis at her finest. She and George Brent always seemed to make magic on film and a chemistry that is so intense the audience can't help but feel, and they didn't fail us with "The Great Lie". Bette Davis and fellow star Mary Astor work off of each other in a glorious way and keep you enjoying both characters and wanting to see "just how much can you rely on a promise from a woman who loves the same man you do". They make you laugh, they make you cry, they make you furious...they are AMAZING in this film.
As a side note, Mary Astor respected Bette Davis' work so much, when they made "Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte", even though Astor had a rather small (but very important) part in the movie and not even a scene together with Davis, she wanted Davis on the set because she respected her opinion so much! So check out "The Great Lie", it wont disappoint."