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The story of the fictional American small town of Grover's Corners between 1901 and 1913 through the everyday lives of its citizens.

Director:

George Schaefer

Writer:

Thornton Wilder (play)
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hal Holbrook ... Stage Manager
Ned Beatty ... Dr. Gibbs
Barbara Bel Geddes ... Mrs. Webb
Robby Benson ... George Gibbs
Ronny Cox ... Mr. Webb
Glynnis O'Connor ... Emily Webb
Sada Thompson ... Mrs. Gibbs
Charlotte Rae ... Mrs. Soames
William Lanteau William Lanteau ... Howie Newsome
David Cryer David Cryer ... Simon Stimson
Don Beddoe ... Constable Warren
Ford Rainey ... Joe Stoddard
Charles Cyphers ... Sam Craig
Elizabeth Cheshire ... Rebecca Gibbs
Allen Price Allen Price ... Joe Crowell Jr.
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The story of the fictional American small town of Grover's Corners between 1901 and 1913 through the everyday lives of its citizens.

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John Houseman's brief scene as Professor Willard was deleted prior to the original NBC telecast to shorten the show's running time. It was later restored for the laserdisc and home video versions. See more »

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Featured in OT: Our Town (2002) See more »

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A brave effort...flawed, but still quite good
27 August 1999 | by Wayne119See all my reviews

Having two of our favorite TV moms--Sada Thompson of Family and Barbara Bel Geddes of Dallas--in the roles of Mrs. Gibbs and Mrs. Webb was inspired casting. Charlotte Rae is adorable as the scatterbrained Mrs. Soames, and Robby Benson as George is appropriately naive and cute. The third act, where Emily returns briefly to life after dying in childbirth, must be difficult to perform convincingly, but Glynnis O'Connor beautifully conveys the many levels of emotion and meaning in this segment of the play.

This was intended as the "definitive" version of Our Town, and it could have been that. But the stylized stage sets are really hokey, and Hal Holbrook may be just a bit too "folksy" in his interpretation of the Stage Manager role (compared to Spalding Gray's more subdued performance in the 1989 version).

I love this play--and I like this version of it despite its flaws.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

30 May 1977 (USA) See more »

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Hartwest Productions See more »
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Color

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1.33 : 1
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