The Glass Menagerie (1987)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  15 January 1988 (Denmark)
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A son longs to escape from his stifling home, where his genteel mother worries about the future prospects of his lame, shy sister.



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A son longs to escape from his stifling home, where his genteel mother worries about the future prospects of his lame, shy sister.

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Release Date:

15 January 1988 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

El zoo de cristal  »

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$895,904 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original Broadway stage play "The Glass Menagerie" opened at the Playhouse Theatre on Mar 31, 1945 and ran for 563 performances. See more »


As Tom is speaking with Laura in one scene, every time the camera is focused on her, his arms are at his sides in the background. When the camera focuses on him, his arms are crossed. This switches back and forth for an entire scene. See more »


Tom Wingfield: [to his mother] Every morning that you come in, yelling that goddamned "Rise and shine, rise and shine," I think to myself, how lucky dead people are.
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Referenced in Night Court: The Glasnost Menagerie (1990) See more »

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It made me read the book!
16 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

I don't usually watch movies like this ... you know ... which is more on the artistic side. I could've just not watched ... but somewhere through it ... I was captivated. I don't know about the other things ... like directing... So I can't say much about that ... but technical stuff apart, I can say ... it is excellent. The theme of three different characters trapped in their different visions... and yet so connected ... We don't have to question Tennessee Williams gift for writing. Aside from that, the characters are played out beautifully. Karen Allen was effective as Laura, subtle and quiet and fragile ...... And John Malkovich ... he makes it so GOOD ... And I'm entirely willing to believe he IS Tom Wingfield himself, regardless of what I've read of critics. He intrigues and captures through every word and action... Or just his presence ... After watching this movie, I actually WANTED to read the play ... out of my own free will. Which is really something! Just watch this movie and let the story and characters overwhelm you.

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