Film certificate Suitable for general viewing, some scenes may be unsuitable for younger children Dark Victory (1939)

1h 46m
"Dark Victory" is a compelling 1939 drama that showcases the exceptional talent of legendary actress Bette Davis. She delivers a powerful performance as Judith Traherne, a wealthy socialite battling a brain tumor, capturing her character’s decline with raw emotion and authenticity. The film's narrative is a poignant exploration of mortality, love, and sacrifice, with Davis' co-star George Brent providing a strong supporting performance. The direction by Edmund Goulding is commendably sensitive, and the screenplay balances the tragic elements with moments of light-hearted relief, preventing the film from becoming overly morose. Max Steiner's score adds a layer of emotional depth. Despite its age, "Dark Victory" remains an engaging watch due to its timeless themes and Davis' unforgettable performance. It is a testament to the craftsmanship of Hollywood's Golden Age. ©
Director(s): Edmund Goulding
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Audience: 81%rottentomatoes rating
Critics: 85%rottentomatoes rating
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