Madame Bovary (1949) - Rotten Tomatoes

Madame Bovary (1949)





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In this film version of Gustave Flaubert's novel, James Mason appears as Flaubert, defending his inflammatory novel before a jury. Thus, the tragedy of Emma Bovary is offered as a product of Flaubert's imagination. The body of the film concerns Emma's attempt to escape the boredom of her bourgeois existence.

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Jennifer Jones
as Emma Bovary
James Mason
as Gustave Flaubert
Van Heflin
as Charles Bovary
Louis Jourdan
as Rodolphe Boulanger
Alf Kjellin
as Leon Dupuis
Gene Lockhart
as J. Homais
Gladys Cooper
as Mme. Dupuis
John Abbott
as Mayor Tuvache
Harry Morgan
as Hyppolite
George Zucco
as Dubocage
Ellen Corby
as Felicite
Henri Letondal
as Guillaumin
Esther Somers
as Mme. Lefrancois
Paul Cavanagh
as Marquis D'Andervilliers
Edith Evanson
as Mother Superior
Edward Keane
as Presiding Judge
Paul Bryar
as Bailiff
Florence Auer
as Mme. Petree
Constance Purdy
as Mme. Foulard
Harold Krueger
as Harelip Youth
Karl Johnson
as Drunken Guest
Lon Poff
as Guest
Bert LeBaron
as Young Man
Jeanine Caruso
as Berthe (age 15 months)
Andre Charisse
as Young Man
Manuel Paris
as Servant
Victor Kilian
as Mons. Canivet
Charles De Ravenne
as Pimply-faced Youth
George Davis
as Innkeeper
Helen St. Rayner
as Opera Singer
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Critic Reviews for Madame Bovary

All Critics (3)

Grim melodrama, about the horrors of debt and living beyond your means.

August 8, 2008 | Full Review…

One of Minnelli's most personal works, a film that embodies the glossy look of MGM and yet offers subversive interpretation of the classic novel, its modern heroine and the notion of romantic love.

July 2, 2007 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Madame Bovary

A very interesting story, it makes me want to read the book too. The actors are great in this movie as well. I liked it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

High gloss MGM version of Flaubert tradegy. Not bad but not terribly compelling either. The ball is without a doubt the best scene, if only the rest was as captivating.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


I got bored during parts of the book and it's obvious that this movie skips over some of those parts, which can be a little confusing but I liked it a good deal.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

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