Inside Daisy Clover

This story of the rise and fall of a '30s musical starlette left audiences rather cold on its release, and it's not hard to see why. Gavin Lambert's screenplay (from his own novel) lives in the land of the ambiguous and fey, which is probably why the film now seems subtle and attractive. Wood's performance is no Meryl Streep number (and arguably the better for it), while Redford as her possibly gay husband is extraordinarily handsome, which all adds to the air of innocence. The songs by André and Dory Previn are nothing to get excited about, though.

Release details

Duration: 128 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Robert Mulligan
Screenwriter: Gavin Lambert
Cast: Natalie Wood
Christopher Plummer
Robert Redford
Ruth Gordon
Katharine Bard
Roddy McDowall
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Brenda Lester

One of the worst films I have ever seen. Over-baked melodrama about a streetwise tough kid who takes on Hollywood. Even Ruth Gordon and Christopher Plummer cannot save it. The script is awful and predictable. The music is worse. I'm sure Wood is dubbed in the music scenes, which makes no difference, unlike WEST SIDE STORY.