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The Subject Was Roses (1968)

G  |   |  Drama  |  12 February 1970 (Denmark)
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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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By the shoulder patch on his uniform jacket and shirt, Timmy was in the 28th Infantry Divison - also known as the Keystone Divison, being made of units from the Pennsylvania National Guard. Later, it acquired the nickname "Bloody Bucket" from its intense combat in the Hurtgen Forest and the Battle of the Bulge, and its red Keystone insignia. See more »

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Though closing credits say movie was filmed entirely in NYC, some was filmed in Spring Lake, New Jersey. See more »

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John Cleary: Mercy, mercy, said old Mrs. Percy.
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Referenced in That Girl: The Subject Was Rabies (1969) See more »

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1968 Film Remains Relevant
21 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film version of Frank Gilroy's unforgettable play should be considered a classic. Patricia Neal, Jack Albertson & Martin Sheen deliver outstanding performances as the parents & young adult son in an Irish-American, lower middle class family living in the Bronx at the end of World War 2.

The story centers on the son, Timmy, who has just returned home from the Army after fighting in combat as an infantryman in Europe. He returns to a home in which the relationship of his parents is undergoing strain, due primarily to discreet but nevertheless damaging extra marital affairs occasionally indulged in by the father, who is a kind of loquacious, traveling salesman type who meets lots of people in his work. The mother is played as a suffering in silence housewife who, although she loves her husband, has been deeply hurt by his infidelities.

Timmy, now changed by the war & his experiences away from home must come to terms with things as they now are. He loves both of his parents deeply but comes to realize that in order to live his life fully he will have to leave his parent's house which is now no longer what it used to be for him. His parents, while dealing with their own problems, want Timmy to stay but on another level realize that he has to leave. You will have to watch to see how things are resolved.


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