When Timmy Cleary (Sheen), comes home from soldiering, he's greeted by the open but strained arms of his two parents, John and Nettie, (Neal and Albertson). Once considered sickly and weak, he has now distinguished himself in the service and is ready to begin a new life. His parents, however, are still trapped in the bygone days of early and unresolved marital strife and begin emotionally deteriorating through several drama packed encounters. Now mature, the young Tim Cleary finally understands the family dynamics that has played all throughout his boyhood. By the simple act of bringing his mother roses on behalf of his father, Tim realizes he may have destroyed his family, but is helpless to obtain resolution which must come from both his parents.
Teresa B. O'Donnell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The Story of Three Strangers...A Mother...A Father...And a Son
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12 February 1970 (Denmark)
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Also Known As:
A História de Três Estranhos
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?
The Subject Was Roses
(1968) was the first film Patricia Neal
made after suffering three massive and near-fatal strokes, early in 1965. Neal was in a coma for two-and-a-half weeks and underwent emergency brain surgery. Paralyzed on her right side and unable to talk, she had to learn how to use her limbs again, how to speak again, and had to relearn the alphabet in order to spell the simplest of words. By early 1967, her recovery was so remarkable that it was difficult to tell that she'd suffered a stroke at all, although Neal admitted to still having memory problems. In April 1968, while shooting "The Subject Was Roses" in an old warehouse on Manhattan's West 26th Street, Neal reflected on her ordeal to critic Rex Reed
: "I hated life for a year and a half, then I started learning how to be a person again and now I've loved life for a year and a half. And I love it a lot." See more
Though closing credits say movie was filmed entirely in NYC, some was filmed in Spring Lake, New Jersey. See more
You know, it's one of the big regrets of my life I was never in the service?
The day World War One was declared, I went to the recruiting office. When they learned I was the sole support of the family, they turned me down.
It's always bothered me. Missing out on the whole thing. I keep wondering what difference it might have made in my life... but then I wonder how I would have made out? Because I wouldn't have settled for a desk job: I would have gone to the Front!
I'm sure of ...
Written by Judy Collins
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