Period of Adjustment

Overview

This was the first feature-length film directed by the very successful George Roy Hill. Based on a Tennessee Williams' novel, this standard comedy-drama focuses on two married couples who are both having a hard time of it, at least for now. The first couple, Isabel and George Haverstick Jane Fonda in an early role, and Jim Hutton, are in trouble because George has bouts of intense fear ultimately brought on by his need to appear to be as macho as he can -- basically his problem is performance anxiety. The second ...
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Overview

This was the first feature-length film directed by the very successful George Roy Hill. Based on a Tennessee Williams' novel, this standard comedy-drama focuses on two married couples who are both having a hard time of it, at least for now. The first couple, Isabel and George Haverstick Jane Fonda in an early role, and Jim Hutton, are in trouble because George has bouts of intense fear ultimately brought on by his need to appear to be as macho as he can -- basically his problem is performance anxiety. The second couple, Ralph and Dorothea Baitz Tony Franciosa and Lois Nettleton have their problems centering on the fact that he married her for her money -- and she knows it. What she may not realize is that after six years of marriage he has fallen in love with her. Added to that difficulty is the problem of meddlesome in-laws.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Tennessee Williams is in an unusually lighthearted mood in Period of Adjustment, the big screen debut of director George Roy Hill. Not that there aren't dramatic moments in Period, but compared to such other Williams works as Suddenly Last Summer or A Streetcar Named Desire, Period is pretty tame -- which is not to say it's dull. Nor is it insubstantial, dealing as it does with the difficulties of people learning to live together and trust one another enough to let down their guards. There are flashes of the typical Williams insight into the human soul, but there's much more frivolity than the viewer is accustomed to with Williams. While this lessens the movie's ultimate impact, it also makes the movie very appealing to those viewers made uncomfortable by the deep emotions of the writer's other works. Hill does a marvelous job with his performers. While Jim Hutton goes a bit overboard on occasion, Jane Fonda manages to navigate the excesses of her character with just the right mixture of intensity and subtlety, and has some truly hilarious moments. Lois Nettleton is touching and endearing, and makes the car scene with Tony Franciosa appropriately painful. For his part, Franciosa turns in one of his finest performances; his tenderness stands in stark contrast to his self contempt and anger, and he switches from one to the others with convincing ease. Hill would follow Period with Toys in the Attic before really hitting his stride with The World of Henry Orient.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/16/2012
  • UPC: 883316448847
  • Original Release: 1962
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Time: 1:51:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 1,644

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Franciosa Ralph Baitz
Jane Fonda Isabel Haverstick
Jim Hutton George Haverstick
Lois Nettleton Dorothea Baitz
John McGiver Stewart P. McGill
Jack Albertson Desk Sergeant
Mabel Albertson Mrs. Alice McGill
Technical Credits
George Roy Hill Director
Edward C. Carfagno Art Director
George W. Davis Art Director
Henry W. Grace Production Designer, Set Decoration/Design
Isobel Lennart Screenwriter
Lyn Murray Score Composer
Richard A. Pefferle Production Designer, Set Decoration/Design
Franz Steininger Editor
Frederic Steinkamp Editor
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Nicolas Vogel Cinematographer
Paul Vogel Cinematographer
Lawrence Weingarten Producer
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