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286 Ratings

Gentleman's Agreement

Directed by Elia Kazan
United States, 1947
Drama, Romance


A reporter pretends to be Jewish in order to cover a story on anti-Semitism, and personally discovers the true depths of bigotry and hatred.

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Gentleman's Agreement Directed by Elia Kazan

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1948 | 3 wins including: Best Picture

1948 | 5 nominations including: Best Actor in a Leading Role

Critics reviews

…Gentleman’s Agreement is a strange mix of daring and cowardice. It was, in the words of film historian Siegfried Kracauer, “a mountain of dialogue bringing forth a mouse.” Names are most decidedly named… And yet, anti-Semitism is a distinctly local affair here, confined to the United States, and the well-heeled corridors of the East Coast at that. Kazan’s film is a remarkable document of a vanished era of American Jewish life, as much for what it chooses not to depict as what it does.
May 15, 2014
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The director, who emigrated America from Istanbul and was brought up in the Greek Orthodox faith, clearly offers Green as his proxy, making Gentleman’s Agreement something like a fictional but sincere articulation of its making, but the tone of anger that rumbles beneath this whip-smart drama unmistakably comes from someone who knows all too well what it’s like to not be welcomed into the club.
February 18, 2013
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