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A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (1972)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 4 June 1972 (USA)
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A couple uses extremely black comedy to survive taking care of a daughter who is nearly completely brain dead. They take turns doing the daughter's voice and stare into the eyes of death ... See full summary »

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Peter Medak

Writers:

Peter Nichols (play), Peter Nichols (screenplay)
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3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alan Bates ... Bri
Janet Suzman ... Sheila
Peter Bowles ... Freddie
Sheila Gish ... Pam
Joan Hickson ... Grace
Elizabeth Robillard Elizabeth Robillard ... Jo
Murray Melvin ... Doctor
Fanny Carby Fanny Carby ... Nun
Constance Chapman ... Moonrocket Lady
Elizabeth Tyrrell Elizabeth Tyrrell ... Midwife
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Storyline

A couple uses extremely black comedy to survive taking care of a daughter who is nearly completely brain dead. They take turns doing the daughter's voice and stare into the eyes of death and emotional trauma with a humor that hides their pain. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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The award-winning play is now on the screen

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 June 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Joe Egg See more »

Filming Locations:

Weston-super-Mare, UK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Domino See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Sir Alan Bates (Bri) and Janet Suzman (Sheila), to prepare for their roles as parents of a disabled child, visited a hospital for children with disabilities. See more »

Quotes

Bri: [to his class] I'm going to the staff room now to get my coat and you will be as quiet as mice. No fish till I get back.
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Connections

Remade as A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (2002) See more »

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Alan Bates and great roles
9 June 2005 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Long before Terri Schiavo brought the issue of living as a "vegetable" to the public view, "A Day in the Death of Joe Egg" dealt with it. Alan Bates plays Bri, a schoolteacher whose daughter is almost completely brindled. He and his wife Sheila (Janet Suzman) try all sorts of dark humor to try and get on with their lives, but they can't escape the facts. At one point, they even consider euthanasia. The question circling them and their friends is: what will ever become of this predicament?

With this movie, Alan Bates continued his streak of really good movies, preceded by "Zorba the Greek", "The King of Hearts" and "The Fixer". We can safely say that he will be sadly missed.


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