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Period of Adjustment (1962)

On December 23rd, Korean War veteran George Haverstick and nurse Isabel Crane - who George lovingly refers to as "Little Bit" - get married in a civil ceremony. They met when George was ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »
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On December 23rd, Korean War veteran George Haverstick and nurse Isabel Crane - who George lovingly refers to as "Little Bit" - get married in a civil ceremony. They met when George was admitted to Belvedere General Hospital in St. Louis for a nervous shake, with Isabel being his night nurse. They got married immediately following his release, which occurred despite the doctors never discovering the reason for his affliction. They plan on honeymooning in Miami, and stopping in suburban High Point, Tennessee along the way to visit with who George considers his best friend, fellow Korean War vet Ralph Bates, and Ralph's wife of six years, Dorothea Bates. By the time they arrive on the Bates' doorstep on Christmas Eve, George and Isabel are hardly speaking to each other when they aren't yelling at each other as each had a preconceived notion of their role in the marriage incompatible with the other, and a romanticized view of how the other should behave. Ralph's marriage is currently in ... Written by Huggo

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31 October 1962 (USA)  »

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Del matrimonio al amor  »

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The original Broadway production of "Period of Adjustment" by Tennessee Williams opened at the Helen Hayes Theater in New York on November 10, 1960 and ran for 132 performances. The Tennessee Williams play was adapted for this movie by Isobel Lennart. See more »

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Ralph Baitz: The human heart could never pass the drunk test. Take a human heart out of a human body, put legs on it and tell it to walk a straight line, and it couldn't. The heart could never pass a drunk test.
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Far Better Than Its Given Rating
1 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Watching on TCM while working; a 25 year old Jane Fonda who really shows she can act. Everyone is very good...

Directed by George Roy Hill, one of the best! Known for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), Slaughterhouse-Five (1972), The Sting (1973), and The World According to Garp (1982)

They just don't write dialog this good anymore, but what do you expect? It's Tennessee Williams.

I think it's fantastic. Great dialog, Sort of a Lost in Translation from the transition of the '50s into the '60s...a movie with a lot of heart. I think it captures the complexity of men and women quite beautifully. The ego, the pride, the spirit of each in a way that is not cynical, but realistic and uplifting.

it also seems to capture the best of the writing that Mad Men spent 7 years grasping for.

I rated it an 9.


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