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Glass Menagerie
     

The Glass Menagerie

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Director: Anthony Harvey

Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Joanna Miles, Michael Moriarty

 
Previously filmed in 1950, Tennessee Williams' 1944 Broadway hit The Glass Menagerie was remade for television in 1973. Katharine Hepburn is top-billed as Amanda Wingfield, a faded southern belle who lives on her memories in a Depression-era St. Louis tenement. Sam Waterston narrates the story as Amanda's idealistic son Tom, who'd give anything to escape his

Overview

Previously filmed in 1950, Tennessee Williams' 1944 Broadway hit The Glass Menagerie was remade for television in 1973. Katharine Hepburn is top-billed as Amanda Wingfield, a faded southern belle who lives on her memories in a Depression-era St. Louis tenement. Sam Waterston narrates the story as Amanda's idealistic son Tom, who'd give anything to escape his mother's fantasy world. Tom's withdrawn, clubfooted sister Laura, who maintains the glass menagerie of the title, is portrayed by Joanna Miles, while Michael Moriarity plays the Gentleman Caller, whose presence disrupts the fragile existence of the Wingfield family unit. The Glass Menagerie represented Katharine Hepburn's TV movie debut, the first of many well-publicized, highly-lauded small screen appearances for the veteran actress. Eschewing many of her familiar mannerisms, Ms. Hepburn offers a triumphant tour de force as Amanda. When originally telecast on December 16, 1973, The Glass Menagerie contained only one commercial interruption, thanks to the largess of sponsor IBM.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/11/2003
UPC:
0014381147520
Original Release:
1973
Rating:
NR
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:45:00

Special Features

Performer theatre and film credits; Previews for more Broadway Theatre Archive titles; Image gallery

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title; Dinner With Mother [8:10]
2. Rubicam's Business College [10:16]
3. Feathering the Nest [6:29]
4. The Magic Scarf [4:24]
5. Rise and Shine [12:04]
6. Wishing on the Moon [11:44]
7. A Gentleman Caller [17:12]
8. Illumination [7:25]
9. High School Memories [10:10]
10. Cuttin' a Rug [11:24]
11. Broken Dreams [4:48]
12. End Credits [:59]

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The Glass Menagerie 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have taught ''The Glass Menagerie'' in university literature classes for 10 years using an old taped-from-TV copy of this version of the play. I am delighted to be able to replace that worn-out video (with its bad tracking and poorly edited commercials) with this new DVD. To my knowledge, the Hepburn version has not been available for purchase before now. Of the film versions available, I prefer this one as the most faithful, in every way, to the original Williams work. Every high school and university literature and drama department should have this DVD. This performance of Williams' classic drama is an indispensable teaching aid.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't know if it's possible to do better than the gentleman caller scene in this production. Michael Moriarty is quintessential. And Katherine Hepburn shows just how masterful an actor she was. I love this production, the entire cast, and how the film is like bringing a stage production into your home (or classroom, as the case may be).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although, this version is good, I still prefer the 1950 version by J. Wyman and K. Douglas, which is much more real than this one. Wyman and Douglas had the necessary chemestry for the parts and the cinematography was a lot better. I have tried to find the 1950 version, but it has been discontinued.