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A Delicate Balance -- An old married couple prefer to be alone. Each time someone visits them, their "delicate balance" is threatened. The limit is reached when well-meaning friends Harry and Edna show up unexpectedly and threaten to stay forever.


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24 June 1975 (Portugal) See more »
The sister who drank too much. The daughter who divorced too much. They're all there when Tobias and Agnes have their little get-together and tear-apart.
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  (in credits order)

Katharine Hepburn ... Agnes

Paul Scofield ... Tobias

Lee Remick ... Julia

Kate Reid ... Claire

Joseph Cotten ... Harry

Betsy Blair ... Edna

Directed by
Tony Richardson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Edward Albee  play

Produced by
Ely A. Landau .... producer
Robert A. Goldston .... supervising producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
David Watkin 
Film Editing by
John Victor-Smith 
Art Direction by
David Brockhurst 
Costume Design by
Margaret Furse 
Makeup Department
Peter Robb-King .... makeup artist
Production Management
Zelda Barron .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andrew Grieve .... assistant director
Terry Hodgkinson .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Bryn Siddall .... property buyer
Sound Department
Gerry Humphreys .... sound re-recording mixer
John Ireland .... dialogue editor
Simon Kaye .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Nobby Cross .... gaffer
Roy Rodhouse .... best boy
Other crew
Jonathan Burrows .... production executive
Kay Fenton .... script supervisor

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133 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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Marian Seldes won the 1967 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Features Actress in a Drama for "A Delicate Balance" for her portrayal of Julia.See more »


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Relentlessly razor sharp - for theater lovers, 6 June 2004

Time has not been kind to the movies made under the umbrella of the well intentioned American Film Theater. The bulk of these works are way off the mark, failing to achieve one of the major goals of the project; the preservation of these important plays on screen. "Butley", "The Homecoming" and "A Delicate Balance" are the ones that came off best.

"A Delicate Balance" Albee in his prime; relentlessly razor sharp. Director Tony Richardson thankfully makes little effort to diminish the inherent staginess and theatricality. He allows his superb cast to milk Albee's barbs to their last drop.

Katherine Hepburn turns in a terrific performance, though those who have a distaste for the Hepburn mannerisms, will not be converted. It's a pleasure to watch both Kate Reid and Paul Scofield, consummate stage performers who fared far less well in the cinema.

While overlong and at times uneven, "A Delicate Balance" is strictly for theater lovers. They will not be disappointed.

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