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Period of Adjustment (1962)

Not Rated | | Drama, Comedy | 31 October 1962 (USA)
A newlywed couple on their honeymoon visit friends who are having marital problems of their own.

Director:

George Roy Hill

Writers:

Isobel Lennart (screenplay), Tennessee Williams (play)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anthony Franciosa ... Ralph Bates (as Tony Franciosa)
Jane Fonda ... Isabel Haverstick
Jim Hutton ... George Haverstick
Lois Nettleton ... Dorothea Bates
John McGiver ... Stewart P. McGill
Mabel Albertson ... Mrs. Alice McGill
Jack Albertson ... Desk Sergeant
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Storyline

On December 23rd, Korean War veteran George Haverstick and nurse Isabel Crane - who George lovingly refers to as "Little Bit" - get married in a civil ceremony. They met when George was admitted to Belvedere General Hospital in St. Louis for a nervous shake, with Isabel being his night nurse. They got married immediately following his release, which occurred despite the doctors never discovering the reason for his affliction. They plan on honeymooning in Miami, and stopping in suburban High Point, Tennessee along the way to visit George's best friend, fellow Korean War vet Ralph Bates, and Ralph's wife of six years, Dorothea Bates. By the time they arrive on the Bates' doorstep on Christmas Eve, George and Isabel are hardly speaking to each other when they aren't yelling at each other as each had a preconceived notion of their role in the marriage incompatible with the other, and a romanticized view of how the other should behave. Ralph's marriage is currently in no better shape. ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

That AGONIZING Pause Between the Homeymoon and the Marriage.

Genres:

Drama | Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Del matrimonio al amor See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Marten Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original Broadway production of "Period of Adjustment" by Tennessee Williams opened at the Helen Hayes Theater in New York on November 10, 1960 and ran for 132 performances. The Tennessee Williams play was adapted for this movie by Isobel Lennart. See more »

Quotes

Ralph Baitz: Who remembers the last war? They're too busy on the next one.
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Connections

Referenced in The Jimmy Stewart Show: Period of Readjustment (1971) See more »

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The thirty year old virgin.
21 January 2006 | by densculSee all my reviews

A young Jane Fonda, plays an incredibly naive, but good hearted nurse in a military hospital, who meets a Korean war combat pilot and marries (Jim Hutton)with the belief that he is "recovering" from "nervous" condition caused by his combat service. Hutton's actual problem is that he is in denial that he is still a virgin.

The movie based on a Tennesse Williams play is set in a suburban home around Christmas time. Hutton and Fonda arrive unannounced on their still unconsummated honeymoon. Hutton is seeking answers to his marital situation from his old buddy (Anthony Frcanciosa) who is in the middle of a marital problems of his own making. It seems Franciosa's wife suspects that he was influenced to marry her because of her Father's business. A not too difficult assumption to make, since her Father had married her maternal grandmother for the same reason.

The incorrect assumption that Fonda is Franciosa's girl friend makes some funny scenes for an actress not known for comedy.

Jim Hutton is perfect in this role. On the surface he is the all American poster boy of the Air Force pilot. He brings out the serious side of this movie when he finally comes face to face with his own real problem. That being the combat between the sexes which requires a "period of adjustment" whether the relationship is casual,or a life long marriage.

This movie has great acting, its funny yet serious, and it has a plausible yet happy ending. Its B & W without any special effects, about sex, without sex scenes, and does not have a message, other than people do imperfect things because they are imperfect. Their actions are not caused by some failure of the government or their education.

This movie will stand the test of time, because it is about people living in their time, with their customs.

That's my message.


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