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Long Day's Journey Into Night (1987)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 13 April 1987
Eugene O'Neill's award-winning and classic play about a day in the life of a dysfunctional family controlled by their addictions gets a staged version made for TV. Past, present and future ... See full summary »

Director:

Jonathan Miller

Writer:

Eugene O'Neill (play)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Patricia Fraser Patricia Fraser ... Understudy to Bethel Lesie
Peter Gallagher ... Edmund Tyrone
Jack Lemmon ... James Tyrone Sr.
Bethel Leslie ... Mary Tyrone
Jodie Lynne McClintock ... Cathleen
Kevin Spacey ... James 'Jamie' Tyrone Jr.
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Eugene O'Neill's award-winning and classic play about a day in the life of a dysfunctional family controlled by their addictions gets a staged version made for TV. Past, present and future discussions about life, human relations, family problems are all discussed by the Tyrone family from the early hours in the morning up until the final minutes of the night, revealing failures, lost hopes, possible dreams and all sorts of memories that prevents them to change their current sad situation. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dluga podróz w mrok nocy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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One of three films to unite Jack Lemmon and Kevin Spacey, with the other two being Dad (1989) and Glengarry Glen Ross (1992). See more »

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Version of Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962) See more »

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Sublime version of a great play
1 August 2007 | by banshee-liamSee all my reviews

Having once played Edmund Tyrone myself in summer stock back in 1976, and coming from an Irish-American family, I tend to be a tough critic of productions of this play. For my money, however, this is the most nuanced, well-acted production of LDJIN available. Lemmon perfectly embodies the combination of grandiosity and pettiness that comprise James Tyrone, Sr. Peter Gallagher is a finely poetic Edmund, and Kevin Spacey's Jamie is the most scalding portrait of self-loathing I have ever seen.

The linchpin of the story, for being everybody's scapegoat, is of course Mary Tyrone, and Bethel Leslie's performance is the bedrock and great surprise of this production. Her Mary is less affected and more internal than that of the lacier Katharine Hepburn, who to me always seemed to have one eye on the camera. Having grown up with a real M.T. in my own extended family, I can state from experience that Miss Leslie's "fogbound" portrayal is vastly more authentic, and, to me at least, the more heartbreaking for it.

A superb production all around.


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