Amanda Wingfield dominates her children with her faded gentility and exaggerated tales of her Southern belle past. Her son plans escape; her daughter withdraws into a dream world. When a "...
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Over the course of one day in August 1912, the family of retired actor James Tyrone grapples with the morphine addiction of his wife Mary, the illness of their youngest son Edmund and the ... See full summary »
Amanda Wingfield dominates her children with her faded gentility and exaggerated tales of her Southern belle past. Her son plans escape; her daughter withdraws into a dream world. When a "gentleman caller" appears, things move to crisis point. Written by
I am a big fan of Tennessee Williams, but I found that I could not even get through this production. While I think Katherine Hepburn is a great actress and love her in many of her other roles, she is seriously miscast as Amanda Wingfield (as she was as Violet Venable in Suddenly, Last Summer. While her Southern accent may have been technically correct in terms of pronunciation of vowels, her intonation and manner are completely wrong. Her New England high-WASPness shines through no matter what.
Also, the quality of the transfer onto DVD is terrible. With no subtitles, I also had trouble following a lot of the dialog because, as the previous commenter said, everyone spoke so fast.
Finally, the production is very "stagy" - which is inevitable to some extent when filming a stage play, and to some extent is appropriate given the theme of the play/film, but nonetheless, that, in combination with the other factors mentioned earlier, made this a tough slog.
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