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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The original Broadway production of "The Subject was Roses" by Frank D. Gilroy opened at the Royale Theater (and four other theaters) in New York on May 25, 1964, ran for 832 performances and won the 1965 Tony Award (New York City) for the Best Play. See more »

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When the family goes out on the town for the night, a marquee for We Were Strangers can be seen. However, that film was not released until 1949, well past the time when Timmy would have come home from the war. See more »

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John Cleary: Bless us and save us, said Mrs. O'Davis.
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By the Light of the Silvery Moon
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Flowery with unnatural prose, but worth a look for the acting...
6 August 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Frank Gilroy adapted his Broadway triumph for the screen, apparently freezing every original line and action into place until the results nearly resemble an assembly-line production. Jack Albertson won a Supporting Actor Oscar for recreating his stage role of sad, anxious father welcoming son Martin Sheen home from the war after three years. Talky, melodramatic, but superbly-acted family reunion featuring lovely Patricia Neal as Sheen's mother (her first role after recuperating from a series of strokes). Gilroy's dialogue doesn't always flow naturally, and some of the give-and-take is puzzling and/or awkward (something a looser direction might have avoided), but the characters are interesting and the film is involving and occasionally moving. **1/2 from ****


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