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Mourning Becomes Electra 

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1981  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Roberta Maxwell ...  Lavinia Mannon 5 episodes, 1981
Deborah Offner ...  Hazel Niles 5 episodes, 1981
Peter Weller ...  Captain Peter Niles 5 episodes, 1981
Roberts Blossom ...  Seth Beckwith 5 episodes, 1981
Joan Hackett ...  Christine Mannon 4 episodes, 1981
Bruce Davison ...  First Lieutenant Orin Mannon 4 episodes, 1981
Jeffrey DeMunn ...  Captain Adam Brant 2 episodes, 1981
Thomas Hill ...  Amos Ames 2 episodes, 1981
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Originally shown on Great Performances (1971). See more »

Connections

Version of A Electra le sienta bien el luto (1986) See more »

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Searing American version of Greek tragedy by Eugene O'Neill
1 June 2009 | by merkorn-2See all my reviews

Like several of the other writers, I saw this on PBS when it came out (I was in high school) and for several weeks excitedly looked forward to each installment. It has absolutely lived up to my memory with brilliant performances by Joan Hackett, Bruce Davison, and especially the eerie Roberta Maxwell, whose eyes glow with almost psychotic intensity.

The story is an American version of the Orestes myth transported to the Civil War South and is full of Oedipal longings and twisted familial relationships. The dialogue is poetic and the acting is wonderful. Highly recommended.

Interestingly enough, Katherine Hepburn wanted to make a film of this play with herself as Lavinia and Greta Garbo as Christine. That would have been wonderful casting!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 December 1978 (USA) See more »

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Great Performances: Mourning Becomes Electra See more »

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(in 5 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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