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A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (1972)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 4 June 1972 (USA)
A couple uses extremely black comedy to survive taking care of a daughter who is nearly completely brain dead. They take turns doing the daughter's voice and stare into the eyes of death ... See full summary »

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A couple uses extremely black comedy to survive taking care of a daughter who is nearly completely brain dead. They take turns doing the daughter's voice and stare into the eyes of death and emotional trauma with a humor that hides their pain. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Albert Finney was nominated for the 1968 Tony Award (New York City) for Actor in a Drama for the character of Bri in the original Broadway stage production. See more »

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Bri: [to his class] I'm going to the staff room now to get my coat and you will be as quiet as mice. No fish till I get back.
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Alan Bates and great roles
9 June 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Long before Terri Schiavo brought the issue of living as a "vegetable" to the public view, "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg" dealt with it. Alan Bates plays Bri, a schoolteacher whose daughter is almost completely brindled. He and his wife Sheila (Janet Suzman) try all sorts of dark humor to try and get on with their lives, but they can't escape the facts. At one point, they even consider euthanasia. The question circling them and their friends is: what will ever become of this predicament?

With this movie, Alan Bates continued his streak of really good movies, preceded by "Zorba the Greek", "The King of Hearts" and "The Fixer". We can safely say that he will be sadly missed.


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