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Imitation of Life (1959)

Not Rated
125 min | Drama

An aspiring actress befriends a black widow, but trouble arises when the latter is rejected by her daughter, who tries to pass for white.
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Eleanore Griffin (screenplay) | Allan Scott (screenplay) | Fannie Hurst (novel)
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$2,000,000
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Release date
Mar 18, 1959 (United States)

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Lana Turner
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John Gavin
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Sandra Dee
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Susan Kohner
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Robert Alda
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Juanita Moore
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Karin Dicker
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Terry Burnham
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John Vivyan
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Lee Goodman
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Ann Robinson
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Troy Donahue
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7.9 / 10 | 13,226 votes