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Strange Interlude 

In this experimental play, first produced in 1928, Eugene O'Neill bares the inner souls of his characters by having them speak their thoughts as well as their dialog. Nins Leeds, the ... See full summary »


Herbert Wise


Robert Enders, Eugene O'Neill (play)


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Episode credited cast:
Kenneth Branagh ... Gordon Evans
David Dukes ... Dr. Ned Darrell
Julie Eccles Julie Eccles ... Madeline Arnold
José Ferrer ... Professor Leeds
Rosemary Harris ... Mrs. Amos Evans
Ken Howard ... Sam Evans
Glenda Jackson ... Nina Leeds
Elizabeth Kelly Elizabeth Kelly ... Mary
Edward Petherbridge ... Charles Marsden
Jadrien Steele Jadrien Steele ... Gordon Aged 11


In this experimental play, first produced in 1928, Eugene O'Neill bares the inner souls of his characters by having them speak their thoughts as well as their dialog. Nins Leeds, the daughter of an Ivy League professor, is devastated by the loss of her fiance in World War I. Ignoring the unconditional love of the novelist Charlie Marsden, she rebounds by marrying an amiable fool, Sam Evans, in the hope that a child will give meaning to the marriage. Nina is thus devastated when she learns a secret know only to Sam's mother- insanity runs in the family and could be inherited by any child of Sam's. At the mother's behest, Nina decides on a "scientific" solution; she will conceive a child with the physician Ned Darrell and let Sam believe he is the father. The plan backfires when the intimacy between Nina and Darrell results in their falling passionately in love. Twenty years later, only Nina and Darrell know the true parentage of young Gordon Evans, just reaching manhood. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

18 January 1988 (USA) See more »

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Dziwne interludium See more »

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(3 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original Broadway production of "Strange Interlude" by Eugene O'Neill opened on January 30, 1928 at the John Golden Theatre, ran for 426 performances and won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1928. This film production is based upon a revival that opened February 21, 1985 at the Nederlander Theatre and ran for 63 performances. Glenda Jackson was nominated for the 1985 Tony Award for Actress in a Drama that revival and recreated her role in this filmed production as did Edward Petherbridge. See more »


Remake of Strange Interlude (1932) See more »

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Unexpectedly, very interesting.
9 April 2000 | by berrinSee all my reviews

This is a very interesting film about how even though people try to do the best thing for themselves and for others around them by using the available information, the result may be unexpected due to the unknowns. Nina loses her fiancee Gordon in WWI, without ever being together with him. She decides to become a nurse, to commit her life to injured soldiers, and thereby to Gordon. Her father, uncle Charlie, a doctor at the hospital all want the best for her, and give advices to her to make her happy in the long run. However, the advices they give her bring her lots of dilemmas and put her into unforeseen positions. I enjoyed this piece overall. It became somewhat boring towards the end. The characters' thoughts are expressed by making them talk to themselves, and sometimes this may become confusing and irritating. (There are points where it is difficult to differentiate whether someone is talking to oneself, or with others). Still, even though I rented this one from the library without any expectations, enjoyed it very much. I should also mention that Kenneth Branagh's screen time is about 3 minutes, and at the end of the movie.

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