Author Eugene O’Neill gives an autobiographical account of his explosive homelife, fused by a drug-addicted mother, a father who wallows in drink after realizing he is no longer a famous actor and an older brother who is emotionally unstable and a misfit. The family is reflected by the youngest son, who is a sensitive and aspiring writer. —IMDb
Sidney Lumet (born June 25, 1924) is an American film director, with over 50 films to his name, including 12 Angry Men (1957), Serpico (1973), Dog Day Afternoon (1975), Network (1976) and The Verdict (1982), all of which, except for Serpico (1973), earned him Academy Award nominations for Best Director.
According to The Encyclopedia of Hollywood, Lumet is one of the most prolific directors of the modern era making more than one movie per year on average since his directorial debut in 1957. He is especially noted for his ability to draw major actors to his projects. “Because of his visual economy, strong direction of actors, vigorous storytelling and use of the camera to accent themes,” states Turner Classic Movies. “Lumet produced a body of work that could only be defined as extraordinary.”
One of his steady themes during his career has been the “fragility of justice and the police and their corruption,” according to Thomson’s Biographical Dictionary of Film. He can deliver… read more
Richardson, Hepburn, Robards, and Stockwell bring out O'Neill's words with the greatest amount of gusto imaginable. This is the version that all actors should watch if they want to tackle this play on stage, or any other O'Neill play for that matter.
Watched the Lion's Gate DVD of this, and was kind of shocked by how poor the transfer was--in the early, exterior scenes, it almost looked as though the property was being overrun with locusts. I hear the blu-ray is a good restoration, which is comforting, at least. Terrific musical score and performances made up for it, complementing O'Neill's dialogue nicely.
A very well written and respected work marvelously directed by Sidney Lumet who tries to open up with the film for more locations to bring it out from it’s stage origins so as to not be so stuffy… read review