1957 in film

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    The year 1957 in film involved some significant events, with The Bridge on the River Kwai topping the year's box office and winning the Academy Award for Best Picture.


    Top-grossing films (U.S.)[edit]

    Rank Title Studio Gross rental
    1. The Bridge on the River Kwai Columbia Pictures $15,000,000[1]
    2. Sayonara Warner Bros. $10,500,000[2]
    3. Peyton Place 20th Century Fox $10,000,000[1]
    4. The Curse of Frankenstein Warner Bros. $7,000,000
    5. Search for Paradise Cinerama $6,500,000[1]
    6. Old Yeller Disney $5,900,000[1]
    7. Raintree County MGM $5,830,000[3]
    8. Island in the Sun 20th Century Fox $5,000,000[2]
    A Farewell to Arms 20th Century Fox $5,000,000[2]
    10. Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? 20th Century Fox $4,900,000
    11. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral Paramount Pictures $4,700,000[2]
    Pal Joey Columbia Pictures $4,700,000[2]

    Top-grossing films by country[edit]

    The highest-grossing 1957 films from countries outside of North America.

    Country Title Studio Gross
    India Mother India Mehboob Productions $16,800,000[n 2]
    Soviet Union The Sisters Mosfilm $2,656,000[n 4]


    Academy Awards:

    Best Picture: The Bridge on the River Kwai – Horizon, Columbia
    Best Director: David LeanThe Bridge on the River Kwai
    Best Actor: Alec GuinnessThe Bridge on the River Kwai
    Best Actress: Joanne WoodwardThe Three Faces of Eve
    Best Supporting Actor: Red ButtonsSayonara
    Best Supporting Actress: Miyoshi UmekiSayonara
    Best Foreign Language Film: Nights of Cabiria (Le Notti di Cabiria), directed by Federico Fellini, Italy

    Golden Globe Awards:

    Best Picture: The Bridge on the River Kwai
    Best Actor: Alec GuinnessThe Bridge on the River Kwai
    Best Actress: Joanne WoodwardThe Three Faces of Eve
    Musical or comedy:
    Best Picture: Les Girls
    Best Actor: Frank SinatraPal Joey
    Best Actress: Kay KendallLes Girls
    Best Director: David LeanThe Bridge on the River Kwai
    Best Foreign Film: Confessions of Felix Krull (Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull), West Germany
    Best Foreign Film: Tizoc, Mexico
    Best Foreign Film: Woman in a Dressing Gown, United Kingdom
    Best Foreign Film: Yellow Crow (Kiiroi karasu), Japan

    Palme d'Or (Cannes Film Festival):

    Friendly Persuasion, directed by William Wyler, United States

    Golden Lion (Venice Film Festival):

    Aparajito (aka The Unvanquished), directed by Satyajit Ray, India

    Golden Bear (Berlin Film Festival):

    12 Angry Men, directed by Sidney Lumet, United States

    Top ten money making stars[edit]

    Rank Actor/Actress
    1. Rock Hudson
    2. John Wayne
    3. Pat Boone
    4. Elvis Presley
    5. Frank Sinatra
    6. Kim Novak
    7. Gary Cooper
    8. William Holden
    9. James Stewart
    10. Jerry Lewis

    Notable films released in 1957[edit]

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    Short film series[edit]

    Ending this year


    Month Day Name Profession Year of death
    January 12 John Lasseter animator, director, producer, writer
    15 Mario Van Peebles actor and director
    16 Ricardo Darin actor
    17 Steve Harvey actor, comedian, author
    February 6 Kathy Najimy actress
    Robert Townsend actor, director and writer
    16 LeVar Burton actor, director, producer and author
    19 Ray Winstone English actor
    27 Timothy Spall
    28 John Turturro actor, writer and director
    March 6 Eddie Deezen actor and comedian
    20 Chris Wedge director, producer and voice actor
    Spike Lee director, producer, writer and actor
    Theresa Russell actress
    Vanessa Bell Calloway
    23 Teresa Ganzel
    29 Christopher Lambert French actor
    30 Paul Reiser actor and comedian
    April 4 Aki Kaurismäki Finnish director
    14 Richard Jeni actor and comedian 2007
    23 Jan Hooks actress and comedian 2014
    25 Esther Scott actress
    29 Daniel Day-Lewis English actor
    May 5 Richard E. Grant
    21 Judge Reinhold actor
    29 Ted Levine
    June 17 Jon Gries
    23 Frances McDormand actress
    July 9 Kelly McGillis
    13 Cameron Crowe director and screenwriter
    August 1 Taylor Negron actor, playwright and painter 2015
    9 Melanie Griffith actress
    18 Denis Leary actor, comedian and writer
    24 Stephen Fry English comedian, author and actor
    28 Daniel Stern actor
    Rick Rossovich
    September 12 Hans Zimmer composer
    Rachel Ward English actress
    21 Ethan Coen director, producer, screenwriter and editor
    24 Brad Bird animator, director, writer, actor
    30 Fran Drescher actress
    October 4 Bill Fagerbakke American actor & voice actor
    5 Bernie Mac actor and stand-up comedian 2008
    12 Clémentine Célarié French actress
    25 Nancy Cartwright voice actress
    29 Dan Castellaneta American actor, voice actor, comedian & screenwriter
    30 Kevin Pollak actor
    November 3 Dolph Lundgren Swedish actor and director
    6 Lori Singer American actress, cellist
    19 Tom Virtue actor
    24 Denise Crosby actress
    December 10 Michael Clarke Duncan American actor 2012
    13 Steve Buscemi
    21 Ray Romano American actor, stand-up comedian, screenwriter & voice actor


    Film debuts[edit]


    1. ^ 4.7619 Indian rupees per US dollar from 1950 to 1965[5]
    2. ^ 8 crore[4] (US$16.8 million)[n 1]
    3. ^ 4 Soviet rubles per US dollar from 1950 to 1960[8]
    4. ^ 10.625 million SUR (42.5 million Soviet tickets sold,[6] average ticket price of 25 kopecks),[7] 4 SUR per USD[n 3]


    1. ^ a b c d "All-Time Domestic Champs". Variety. January 6, 1960. p. 34. 
    2. ^ a b c d e Cohn, Lawrence (October 15, 1990). "All-Time Film Rental Champs". Variety. p. M140-M196. 
    3. ^ The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
    4. ^ Box Office 1957, Box Office India, archived 22 September 2012
    5. ^ http://fx.sauder.ubc.ca/etc/USDpages.pdf#page=3 Archived 2015-05-12 at the Wayback Machine.
    6. ^ "Prokat2". Kinokultura.com. Archived from the original on 2012-05-10. Retrieved 2012-10-09. 
    7. ^ Moscow Prime Time: How the Soviet Union Built the Media Empire that Lost the Cultural Cold War, page 48 Archived 2018-05-10 at the Wayback Machine., Cornell University Press, 2011
    8. ^ Archive of Bank of Russia "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-03-08. Retrieved 2012-09-11.