American Playhouse: Season 6, Episode 1

All My Sons (19 Jan. 1987)

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Two families, related by friendship and love, face up to the consequences of greed and avarice in the post-war years. Love and death play equal roles in determining the outcome of events.

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Two families, related by friendship and love, face up to the consequences of greed and avarice in the post-war years. Love and death play equal roles in determining the outcome of events.

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The original Broadway production of "All My Sons" opened at the Coronet Theater in New York on January 29, 1947, ran for 328 performances and won the 1947 Tony Award (New York City) for the Best Play for the author Arthur Miller. His original script was used as the basis for the screen play for the movie version. See more »

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a superior filmed stage play
5 December 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The second TV version of Arthur Miller's first successful play puts a highly talented group of actors together and gives them the gift of good staging, inspired direction, and a thorough understanding of what the play is about. As often happens with Miller, family members war with each other due to mutual misunderstanding and an emotional experience ensues before a resolution of sorts.

The problematic family here are the Kellers, headed by veteran actor James Whitmore as dad Joe and Walton mum Michael Learned as mum Kate. Their children are played by the impossibly blue-eyed Aidan Quinn as Chris, Zeljko Ivanek (who never did quite make it in movies) as George, and Joan Allen (who would appear in The Crucible a decade later on the big screen) as Ann.

An interesting play in a good adaptation, although with no sense of cinema or television ('The Crucible' would be a good example of what the cinema could add to Miller's work). But with acting and writing this good, it is fabulous just to have a permanent record, whether you are a student of Arthur Miller's plays or not.


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