Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA, 1962. First Company. Screenplay by Eugene O’Neill, based on his play. Cinematography by Boris Kaufman. Produced by Ely A. Landau. Music by Andre Previn. Production Design by Richard Sylbert. Costume Design by Sophie Devine. Film Editing by Ralph Rosenblum. Academy Awards 1962. Cannes Film Festival 1962. Golden Globe Awards 1962. National Board Of Review Awards 1962.
This film adaptation of the Eugene O’Neill play is a sobering look into a dysfunctional family. Two boys have grown up with a penny-pinching actor father (Ralph Richardson) and a near-lunatic mother (Katharine Hepburn), and we view the considerable effects it has had on their lives. Jason Robards shines as the older, more put-upon sibling, while Dean Stockwell gives manic energy to the younger, more pent-up brother whose frequent illnesses are a constant issue with the clan. The film features tight direction and moody photography, a very captivating film for something so stagebound (it’s basically filmed like a play on screen).