Toys in the Attic (1963 film)

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Toys in the Attic
Toys in the attic.jpg
Promotional movie poster
Directed by George Roy Hill
Produced by Walter Mirisch
Based on Toys in the Attic 
by Lillian Hellman
Starring Dean Martin
Geraldine Page
Gene Tierney
Wendy Hiller
Music by George Duning
Cinematography Joseph F. Biroc
Editing by Stuart Gilmore
Studio Meadway-Claude Productions Company
The Mirisch Corporation
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • July 31, 1963 (1963-07-31)
Running time 90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2.1 million[1]

Toys in the Attic is a 1963 American drama film starring Dean Martin, Geraldine Page, Yvette Mimieux, Gene Tierney and Wendy Hiller. The film was directed by George Roy Hill and is based on a Tony Award-winning play with the same name by Lillian Hellman. The original music score was composed by George Duning.


Julian Berniers returns from Illinois with his young bride Lily Prine to the family in New Orleans. His spinster sisters Carrie and Anna welcome the couple, who arrive with expensive gifts. The sisters hope Julian will help with their expenses, and he tells them that while his profitable factory went out of business, he did manage to save money.

It turns out that Julian pulled off a real estate deal. Carrie is obsessed with her brother. Her jealousy, instigated by her sublimated incestuous desires for her brother, is aimed at Lily and pushes her to discover the land deal for herself and she does everything she can to wreck the marriage of her brother.



The film recorded a loss of $1.2 million.[1]

The film was nominated for the Best Costume Design (Black & White) Academy Award (Bill Thomas), and was nominated for the Best Actress Golden Globe (Geraldine Page) and the Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe (Wendy Hiller).


  1. ^ a b Tino Balio, United Artists: The Company The Changed the Film Industry, Uni of Wisconsin Press, 1987 p 171

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