Long Day's Journey into Night

Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2012
  • UPC: 887090046305
  • Original Release: 1962
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  • Source: Olive Films
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Remastered / Wide Screen / B&W
  • Time: 2:50:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 12,150

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Katharine Hepburn Mary Tyrone
Ralph Richardson James Tyrone, Sr.
Jason Robards Jr. 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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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Long Day's Journey into Night
1. Chapter 1 [20:21]
2. Chapter 2 [24:10]
3. Chapter 3 [27:03]
4. Chapter 4 [14:24]
5. Chapter 5 [18:01]
6. Chapter 6 [32:59]
7. Chapter 7 [21:25]
8. Chapter 8 [12:06]
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2003

    O'Neill was Never Better

    If you like Eugene O'Neill, it really does not get any better than this. The performances by all four stars is superb, and the subtle direction by Lumet is perfect for the delicate, but heavy-handed script. Up front I'll say that this is one of my all time favorite plays, and I usually automatically dismiss films that alter or edit the script. In this case, however, the subtle edits of an admittedly repetitive script actually enhance the play vice hurt it. Even those who are familiar with the play will have to follow the script to discover the gentle edits. The tension begins in the first 5 minutes and does not let up - ever - for the duration. I cannot recommend this film highly enough!

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