The Member of the Wedding (1952) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Member of the Wedding1952

The Member of the Wedding (1952)




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This film version of Carson McCullers' play tells the touching story of a 12-year-old tomboyish girl in Georgia who, as the result of the impending wedding of her older brother, recognizes that she has to start doing some growing up of her own.


Julie Harris
as Frankie Addams
Ethel Waters
as Bernice Sadie Brown
Brandon De Wilde
as John Henry
William Hansen
as Mr. Addams
James Edwards
as Honey Camden Brown
Harry Bolden
as T.T. Williams
Dickie Moore
as Soldier
Danny Mummert
as Barney MacKean
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Critic Reviews for The Member of the Wedding

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (2)

The story is pleasantly enacted and the scenery and skiing are superb.

March 25, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Dull and droopy -- a stage transplant that didn't take.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Though the Member of the Wedding, Carson McCullers's prize-winning play about the last days of childhood, betrays its stage origin on the screen, it has been made into a somewhat amusing, and moving, sometimes improbable picture.

November 23, 2020 | Full Review…

Zinnemann manages to retain McCullers' narrative poetry in this sterling adaptation, and remains one of those aching, forlorn vintage classics worthy of greater renown.

September 30, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The camera's cruel literalness makes it all too obvious that talented Julie Harris is a mature actress, rather than the agonized southern adolescent she portrays. Despite the film's evident sincerity, it is too thin dramatically.

December 3, 2019 | Full Review…

The film often betrays its stage roots, with its single setting and long stretches of dialogue, but Zinnemann wisely steps back and allows the actors to carry it.

June 4, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Member of the Wedding


Very well done drama, heavily laced with feel good social morality and loaded with "nobody understands what it is to be me!" speeches, ably supported by Ethel Waters, unfortunately comes burdened with the delivery vehicle in the form of a screaming 12 year old (Julie Harris). A half hour in and I was pulling my hair and wishing that somebody would shut the mouthy kid up. But nobody does, not in the length of the piece, which made the message unbelievable insofar as I was concerned. The entire work then needs to be taken out to the woodshed for some "adult talking".

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

The actors make the most of a rather plodding story. It is surprising that this film received all the honours that it did. It was behind its time.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer


Some good acting by Ethel Waters in this slice of life and coming of age drama. The usually superior Julie Harris is shrill and annoying trying to be convincing as a 12 year old.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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