The Bad Seed DVD

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Rhoda Penmark (Patty McCormack) is a well-mannered 8-year-old little lady - and an efficient, unfeeling killer. And in this spellbinding chronicle of evil, whatever Rhoda wants, she ruthlessly gets. Her mother Christine (Nancy Kelly), reluctantly made to see her offspring's moral blindness at work, is heartrendingly torn between the love for the child she bore and grief for Rhoda's victims.

From Maxwell Anderson's stage hit, The Bad Seed ticks like a time bomb under the skillful direction of Mervyn LeRoy, who cast several Broadway production originals, including Kelly (recreating the role that won her a Tony), McCormack and Eileen Heckart. their harrowing performances captured three of this suspenseful movie's four Academy Award nominations - and make this thriller one of the great ones.
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  • Format: DVD
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Run Time: 129 Minutes
  • Region: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Fullscreen
  • Language: English
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 10, 2004
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Closed Captioning: Yes
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Audio: ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono [CC]
  • Director: Mervyn LeRoy
  • Cast: Nancy Kelly , Patty McCormack , Henry Jones , Eileen Heckart , Evelyn Varden , William Hopper , Paul Fix , Jesse White , Gage Clarke , Joan Croydon , Frank Cady
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Color: Black & White
  • Includes:
    Commentary By Patty McCormack and Charles Busch
    New Making-f Documentary Enfant Terrible: A Conversation With Patty McCormack
    Theatrical Trailer
  • Release Date: 1956

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4.74.7(21 reviews)See all 21 reviews
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4.7

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NoneThe Bad Seed DVD
 
4.7

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Entertaining (15)
  • Engaging characters (14)
  • Original (13)
  • High production value (5)
  • Great cinematography (3)

Cons

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  • At home (17)
  • Adult viewers (11)
  • Perfect gift (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
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5.0

Best thriller ever made...very impressionable film!

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from El Paso, TX

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        TCM you created the best gift to me, you allowed me to share the best cinematic films with my Dad. He is no longer with us, but watching classic films with him and now with my Mom are memories I will long cherish. Thank you TCM...THANK YOU!

         
        5.0

        great movie

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        from NY

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        • Entertaining
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            Suspenseful movie

             
            5.0

            Edge of your seat kind of film

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            from Endicott NY

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            • Engaging Characters
            • Entertaining
            • High Production Value

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              Comments about this product:

              I love this film. This child actor, played by Patty McCormack, is suburb playing the bad little girl. She has a lot of character and ambition to hold your attention throughout the movie. Her mother, played by Nancy Kelly, is perfectly endearing. This is a must to have in your collection of TCM movies. :)

               
              5.0

              I would buy this movie again,

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              from Bellefonte Pa

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              • Engaging Characters
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                Rhoda is a delightful child

                 
                5.0

                Oldie but goodie

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                from Richton Park

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                • Engaging Characters
                • Entertaining
                • High Production Value
                • Informative
                • Original

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                  Comments about this product:

                  Great movie

                   
                  5.0

                  Ruthless describes it!

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                  from Albuquerque, NM

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                  • Original

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                    One of the scariest movies that I saw as a child, no remake could make it better.

                     
                    3.0

                    What you see isn't always what you get

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                    from George, SC

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                    • Entertaining

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                      The role of the mother was that of a weakling, so that wasn't so great. She should've portrayed more strength.

                       
                      5.0

                      A Classic

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                      from TX

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                      • Engaging Characters
                      • Entertaining
                      • Great Cinematography
                      • Original

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                        Comments about this product:

                        This movie was the first "bad child" movie. It still gives us the creeps when we watch it. Performances are great. And the credits are a tease to what happens if you reveal the ending to anyone else.

                         
                        5.0

                        Great old movie, humerus

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                        from Estacada, Oregon

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                        • Engaging Characters
                        • Entertaining
                        • Funny
                        • Great Cinematography
                        • High Production Value
                        • Humerus
                        • Original

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                          Comments about this product:

                          I watched this old movie on the suggestion of my sister who loves this movie. I generally do not like scary movies, but found this to be a great humerus movie, I loved the acting by all the actors, especially the man who lived in the basement and of course the little princess, her mom was a hoot too! Their facial expressions are wonderful. Just loved this movie, a great find!

                           
                          3.0

                          A little drawn out

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                          from Fairfield, CA

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                          • Mystery
                          • Original

                          Cons

                          • Poor Plot Development
                          • Slow

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                          The plot moves a little slow. It seems it was a stage play and that's how the woman, that plays the mother, acts.

                          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          The Bad Seed is Awesome

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                          from Westchester, NY

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                            Great rainy afternoon movie

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Different...In a Good Way

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                            from Laveen , Az

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                            • Engaging Characters
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                              I actually really liked this Film. It offers a very unusual Plot and Climax that I found to be surprising considering it was Filmed in 1956. Both Nancy Kelly and Eileen Heckart did an excellent job in this one.

                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Nothing to do with planting!

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                              from Ventura, CA

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                                I had seen this movie years ago and was glad to purchase it for my collection. Excellent movie!

                                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Startingly different!

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                                from San Antonio, TX

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                                • Engaging Characters
                                • Entertaining
                                • High Production Value
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                                  Closing Credits: "You have just seen a motion picture whose theme dares to be startlingly different. May we ask that you do not divulge the unusual climax of this story. Thank you." This film classic fits better into the psychological thriller genre...it's not really a horror film as I define horror. The quote above from the closing credits is correct...this was a startlingly different film in the 1950s...actually it still is today. The film poses the question...what if homicidal tendencies are genetic and not subject to influence by parenting or a wholesome environment? You see, Christine Penmark, the mother of the spoiled little darling, Rhoda, learns during the course of this movie that she was adopted...and that her biological mother was a notorious killer. If the 8 year Rhoda is a homicidal sociopath, as Christine suspects, then isn't she responsible as the mother with the "bad seed"? If she is responsible, then how does she deal with that? That will set the stage for this intelligent, exceptionally well written psychological thriller. It is exceptionally well acted too, with Nancy Kelly as the mother Christine; and Patty McCormack (in her film debut) as Rhoda...both were nominated for Oscars; as was Eileen Heckart, who plays the drunken mother of a little boy Rhoda may have murdered. Also look for some fine performances in the support cast, especially Henry Jones as Leroy, the suspicious maintenance man; Evelyn Varden as Monica, the landlady; William Hopper as Col. Kenneth Penmark, Christine's husband and Rhoda's father; and Paul Fix as Richard Bravo, Christine's father. Mervyn LeRoy also performs masterfully behind the camera, putting it all together. This was adapted from a stageplay and many of the actors reprised their roles from the play, including Nancy Kelly and Patty McCormack.

                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Great movie!

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                                  from Mt. Vernon, IL

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                                  • Engaging Characters
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                                    The movie is a great edge-of-your-seat thriller! It has it's share of comedic moments also!

                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Still A Great Movie

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                                    from Pennsylvania

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                                      I watched this movie with my granddaughter and we loved it, just as I had when I saw it as a child.

                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      I could watch this over and over

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                                      from Texas

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                                      • Engaging Characters
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                                      • Great Adaptation

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                                        this was an Awesome movie for its time. Child Killers were fairly rare in this time period and the adaptation of the stage play to movie was brilliant. The Actors did a FANTASTIC job of crossing that critical bridge from stage to screen.

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Have to see it to believe it.

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                                        from Brea,CA

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                                        • Entertaining
                                        • Great movie

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                                          Have seen this movie in the past,remembered how good it was and had to buy it!

                                           
                                          4.0

                                          Scary...dark drama - staged like a play.

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                                          from Saint Augustine, FL

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                                            Broadway hit brought to the screen. Mostly same fine actors and script...well done.

                                            (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                             
                                            5.0

                                            Original Description Stinks

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                                            from Bethlehem, PA

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                                            • Engaging Characters
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                                              Whoever wrote the original description just about trashed the movie. This really stinks since the movie is very, very good. The descriptor sounds extremely obnoxious and arrogant, this we can ALL live without. If he/she is truly a critic - he/she needs sorely to go back to school. The Bad Seed is an excellent movie.

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