Kirk Douglas plays a bored young architect who enters into an adulterous affair with Kim Novak. If you're a whippersnapper who's never seen Kim Novak, you're in for a treat. She was one of the great beauties of the era, and she's also a fine actress. And check out the rest of the cast: Walter Matthau, Ernie Kovacs, Barbara Rush, and more.
And then there's the setting, the suburbia of the late '50s. The Eisenhower years. The movie captures that time and place as well as anything you'll ever see. The morality is pure '50s, too, and while it might seem quaint now, remember that the '60s loomed ahead. A change was gonna come.