American Playhouse: Season 1, Episode 9

The Fifth of July (9 Mar. 1982)

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Ken Talley is 32, strong, goodlooking and a Vietnam vet with both legs shot off seven years earlier. He is somewhat cynical. His lover Jed is bigger and stronger, a gardner, a good listener... See full summary »

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Kenneth Talley Jr.
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Jed Jenkins
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Gwen Landis
Jonathan Hogan ...
John Landis
Joyce Reehling ...
June Talley (as Joyce Reehling Christopher)
Helen Stenborg ...
Aunt Sally Friedman
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Shirley Talley
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Ken Talley is 32, strong, goodlooking and a Vietnam vet with both legs shot off seven years earlier. He is somewhat cynical. His lover Jed is bigger and stronger, a gardner, a good listener. On Independence Day 1977 Ken's home in Lebanon Missouri is visted by the others. Much of their past relationships, pre- and post-Vietnam, must be pulled up and examined before any of them can decide their future. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The original Broadway production of "The Fifth of July" by Lanford Wilson opened at the New Apollo Theater on November 5, 1980, ran for 511 performances and was nominated for the 1981 Tony Award for the Best Play. Swoosie Kurtz (winner of the 1981 Tony Award Best Featured Actress in a Play), Jeff Daniels, Jonathan Hogan, Danton Stone and Joyce Reehling reprise their roles in the filmed production. See more »

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Brilliant, sorrowfully overlooked
23 November 2000 | by See all my reviews

The Fifth of July has been one of my favourite plays/movie. I fist saw it on PBS and have never forgotten it. Not only is the play brilliant, the cast is first rate and superb. A cast like this with such a wonderful story makes for great entertainment. See it!


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