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Zena Walker won the 1968 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Features Actress in a Drama for playing the character of Sheila who is played in the film by Janet Suzman.
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Actress Janet Suzman said of this film around the time it was made and released: "We had to learn the simple business of how to cope with a child - how to open its mouth and feed it, how to lift it, how to bath it. We had a medical advisor on the film - a woman doctor who has been very successful in that field - and she told us whenever we went wrong. Alan [Bates] and I were both dreading going to the hospital, because we didn't know what to expect. But when you get over that selfish reaction, you begin to appreciate what is being done. You ruffle a little head and you are rewarded with a mindless smile of such joy. It is almost an affirmation of faith, if you want to think in those terms. All the arguments for mercy killings go overboard because in the end, it's a choice between life and death. This is a living human being. It's your child and you love it".
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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.
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The original Broadway production of "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg" by Peter Nichols, after six previews, opened on 1st February 1968 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, where it ran for 154 performances, until it closed on 15th June 1968.
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The picture was filmed in 1970 but was not given a theatrical release until 1972. According to Janet Suzman, speaking on BBC Radio 4's 'The Film Programme' in 2009, this was due to Sam Spiegel delaying release of the film until after Suzman's second film, Nicholas and Alexandra (1971) came out in 1971.
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The movie's source play had its world premiere at the Glasgow's Citizens Theatre in 1967 and was set to be revived in 2011 at the same venue.
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Over one hundred children were auditioned for the key child role of Josephine.
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The nicknames of Josephine (Elizabeth Robillard) were "Jo" / "Joe" and "Joe Egg".
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The film was made and released about five years after its source stage play of the same name by Peter Nichols had been first performed in 1967. Nichols also penned the screenplay for this filmed adaptation.
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This theatrical feature film was remade as a tele-movie A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (2002) around thirty years later.
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The movie's source stage play of the same name by Peter Nichols was first produced at the Glasgow, Scotland at the Citizens Theatre.
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This major motion picture drama was filmed entirely on location in Bristol, England.
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This was Elizabeth Robillard's only film.
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Then child actress Elizabeth Robillard was aged around twelve years old when she starred as Josephine in this picture.
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The film's director; one of the lead actors; and the screenwriter / source playwright, were all first named "Peter" - they being Peter Medak, Peter Bowles, and Peter Nichols respectively.
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The type of medical disability that Josephine (Elizabeth Robillard) had was "cerebral palsy".
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Actress Joan Hickson reprized her Broadway stage role of Grace for this motion picture adaptation.
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One of two collaborations of actor Alan Bates and actress Janet Suzman. The films are Nijinsky (1980) (the second) and A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (1972) (the first) - the two movies being made and released around eight years apart.
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The location of the film's source play is described at its start as: "Setting: Bristol, England. The Present".
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Actor Alan Bates and actress Janet Suzman, to prepare for their roles as parents of a disabled child, visited a hospital for children with disabilities.
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