Ruby (Jennifer Jones) was raised in the rugged swamplands. Boake (Charlton Heston) was born into wealth and privilege. Yet, from the moment Ruby first laid eyes on Boake, she vowed to have him for her own. Now, the residents of the small tidewater town will do everything in their power to stand in her way. But they've never seen a passion like this one... and they've never met a woman like Ruby!
Jennifer does look nice, but...
- Ruby Gentry review by Steve Mason
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A beautiful woman has caused the downfall of many virtuous men. And while I wouldn't say Jennifer Jones exactly led me to the land of the rising sun, her magnificence did entice me to watch this awful soap noir that really should have been better.
Made by great Hollywood director King Vidor, with a brilliant cast, this tedious and absurd backwoods melodrama fails where so many others have: in trying for the exotic Southern poetry of Tennessee Williams, it only managed to be long winded, shrill and fatuous.