Long Day's Journey into Night

Long Day's Journey into Night

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Director: Sidney Lumet

Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Ralph Richardson, Jason Robards Jr.

     
 

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Playwright Eugene O'Neill sold Random House the text of his intensely autobiographical 1941 play on the proviso that the play not be produced during O'Neill's lifetime. Two years after the playwright's death in 1953, the play was given its first Broadway staging and won a Pulitzer Prize. Set in 1912 New England, the story takes place in the summer home of aging actor… See more details below

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Playwright Eugene O'Neill sold Random House the text of his intensely autobiographical 1941 play on the proviso that the play not be produced during O'Neill's lifetime. Two years after the playwright's death in 1953, the play was given its first Broadway staging and won a Pulitzer Prize. Set in 1912 New England, the story takes place in the summer home of aging actor James Tyrone (Ralph Richardson) and his family. Tyrone, patterned after Eugene O'Neill's father James O'Neill, has long abandoned any aspirations to be a truly great actor, choosing instead to tour in the same weary stage vehicle year after year. Thanks to an earlier act of stinginess on Tyrone's part, his wife Mary has turned into a rambling morphine addict, with little or no contact with reality. Oldest son Jamie is a troublemaking alcoholic, envious of the writing talent of sickly younger brother Edmund (the Eugene O'Neill counterpart). The long's day journey concludes with a hellish night in which the three Tyrone men sit about drunkenly as Mary Tyrone hallucinates about her younger, happier days. Katharine Hepburn emerged from a three-year retirement to essay the back-breaking role of Mary Tyrone; Ralph Richardson exhumed all the "ham" of his student-actor days to portray the pathetic James Tyrone; Jason Robards Jr., a man seemingly put on this earth to interpret O'Neill, repeats his Broadway role as Jamey; and Dean Stockwell adds one more superb characterization to his gallery of portrayals as the tubercular Edmund.

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Barnes & Noble
Sir Laurence Olivier, in a rare and Emmy-winning television appearance, stars in the acclaimed National Theatre Company stage production of this painfully autobiographical work by Eugene O'Neill -- a play so brutally revealing that he hoped it would never be performed. In it Olivier portrays James Tyrone, an aging actor who has abandoned all of being a great performer and has settled for a being a hack. His bitter wife, Mary, has slipped into morphine addiction, while his eldest son, Jamie, is a drunk, envious of the writing talent of his younger brother, Edmund. These four huanted lives clash in what O'neill called his story of "old sorrow, written in tears and blood."
All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Long Day's Journey Into Night is one of the screen's most insightful examinations of lives caught in a downward cycle of co-dependency and despair. Working from the highly autobiographical stage play by Eugene O'Neill, director Sidney Lumet keeps the material interesting despite a 174-minute running time, and cinematographer Boris Kaufman contributes a distinctively angular, shadowy atmosphere. The performances are well-matched to the material, notably Katherine Hepburn in an unusual role as the drug-addicted mother. Since the play is, by its nature, confined to a single indoor setting, Lumet never manages to break free of the feeling that he is presenting a stage play; nonetheless, this is among the best-acted, best-written films of its era.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/1998
UPC:
0017153554830
Original Release:
1962
Rating:
NR
Source:
Republic Pictures

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Katharine Hepburn Mary Tyrone
Ralph Richardson James Tyrone, Sr.
Jason Robards James Tyrone, Jr.
Dean Stockwell Edmund Tyrone
Jeanne Barr Cathleen

Technical Credits
Sidney Lumet Director
Herman Buchman Makeup
Gene Callahan Set Decoration/Design
George Justin Production Manager
Boris Kaufman Cinematographer
Ely Landau Producer
Joseph E. Levine Producer
Motley Costumes/Costume Designer
André Previn Score Composer
Ralph Rosenblum Editor
James Shields Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Sylbert Production Designer

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