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Clift stars as George Eastman, a poor young man determined to win a place in respectable society and the heart of a beautiful socialite (Elizabeth Taylor). Shelley Winters plays the factory girl whose dark secret threatens Eastman's professional and romantic prospects. Consumed with fear and desire, Eastman is ultimately driven to a desperate act of passion that unravels his world forever.
A Place in the Sun won the Academy Award for Best Director; Best Screenplay; Best Cinematography; Best Costume Design; Best Film Editing; Best Music-Franz Waxman and was nominated for Best Picture; Best Actor - Montgomery Clift; Best Actress - Shelley Winters.
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