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 alcoholism and debauchery of their older son Jamie. As day turns into night, guilt, anger, despair, and regret threaten to destroy the family.Written by
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Jason Robards, Jr. reprised his Broadway role as James Tyrone, Jr., for which he was nominated for the 1957 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play. He also played James Tyrone, Jr. on Broadway and on television, in A Moon for the Misbegotten (1975). In his later career, Robards played James Tyrone, Sr. in several productions of "Long Day's Journey Into Night," including a 1988 Broadway revival at the Neil Simon Theater. See more »
After James gives Edmund cash, the way that Edmund holds it changes between shots. See more »
[Edmund has just recited a piece of poetry]
You recite it well... Who wrote it?
Never heard of him. Where you get your taste in authors...
[Motioning to Edmund's bookshelves]
This damned library of yours: Voltaire and Rousseau and Schopenhauer. And Ibsen... Atheists, fools and madmen! And your poet, this... "Baudelaire." And Swinburne, and Oscar Wilde. Whitman and Poe... Whoremongers and degenerates! When I've got three good sets of Shakespeare there you can read...
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Some prints of "Long Day's Journey Into Night" run 136 minutes, and are missing a number of scenes in the first 1/3 of the film, including the original opening scene, and a long exterior scene between Ralph Richardson and Jason Robards, containing dialogue crucial to the understanding of Katharine Hepburn's character. See more »
This film version of the great American play is powerful and devastating. The cast is excellent. Hepburn is able to show the alterations in her character with subtle horror.
This story is a study in how humans lose themselves in the fog of drugs, alcohol, sex, disease, and other escapes from reality. None of the characters is willing to take responsibility for what is happening, and therefore they drift deeper and deeper into the night. The real horror is the fact that they could save themselves, but they never come out of the past or the fog long enough to take the first step.
The emotional impact of the play is incredibly powerful even as it is underplayed. This is one of the few films of a play that really works well and translates the emotions of the stage onto the screen without losing the depth and the catharsis.
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