For my money, one of the greatest movies ever made. An absolute classic tale of non-conformity when doing so would seem to be the easy thing. The movie is filled with classic lines and scenes that are easy to watch over and over. While the directing is very typical of the era, the acting is much better than anticipated. It appears very authentic for the time period.
This movie is definitely a see. And, if you like dramas that evoke just about every emotion you can feel, it is a must for your DVD collection.