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The Subject Was Roses (1968)

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A young man returning home from World War II finds himself caught up in his parents' turbulent relationship.

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When Timmy Cleary (Sheen), comes home from soldiering, he's greeted by the open but strained arms of his two parents, John and Nettie, (Neal and Albertson). Once considered sickly and weak, he has now distinguished himself in the service and is ready to begin a new life. His parents, however, are still trapped in the bygone days of early and unresolved marital strife and begin emotionally deteriorating through several drama packed encounters. Now mature, the young Tim Cleary finally understands the family dynamics that has played all throughout his boyhood. By the simple act of bringing his mother roses on behalf of his father, Tim realizes he may have destroyed his family, but is helpless to obtain resolution which must come from both his parents. Written by Teresa B. O'Donnell <sun.moon.stars@worldnet.att.net>

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Martin Sheen was nominated for the 1965 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Features Actor in a Drama for "The Subject was Roses" and recreated his role in this filmed production. See more »

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1960s vehicles can be seen in the background when Nettie rides the bus out to the seashore. See more »

Quotes

John Cleary: You know, it's one of the big regrets of my life I was never in the service?
Timmy Cleary: I know.
John Cleary: The day World War One was declared, I went to the recruiting office. When they learned I was the sole support of the family, they turned me down.
Timmy Cleary: I know.
John Cleary: It's always bothered me. Missing out on the whole thing. I keep wondering what difference it might have made in my life... but then I wonder how I would have made out? Because I wouldn't have settled for a desk job: I would have gone to the Front!
Timmy Cleary: I'm sure of ...
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Referenced in The Brady Bunch: The Subject Was Noses (1973) See more »

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Written by Will D. Cobb and Gus Edwards
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Coming Home....
20 March 2002 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

A powerful adaptation of Frank D. Gilroy's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Timmy Cleary has just returned home to the Bronx after fighting in World War II. It doesn't take long, however, before he finds himself in the middle of his parents' bickering. His mother and father, Nettie and John, are stuck in an unhappy marriage that only seems to get worse with the passage of time. John has never rebounded from the Depression, when his business failed, and, as a result, the couple has only barely scraped by over the years. But being away at war has made Timmy grow up and, for the first time, he starts coming to terms with his troubled parents...


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