Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1962)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

USA, 1962.  First Company.  Screenplay by , based on his play.  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

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).

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Actress (Katharine Hepburn)

Cannes Film Festival Award:  Best Actor (Dean Stockwell, Jason Robards, Ralph Richardson) (tie); Best Actress (Katharine Hepburn) (tie)

Golden Globe Award Nominations:  Best Actress-Drama (Katharine Hepburn)

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