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.
Pure theatre, beautiful piano interludes mixed with the bell and horn in the fog. Incredible cast, photography and total commitment from the actors to the destructive poetic dialogue. Hepburn is amazing.Food for the soul.
Everything is slightly off in this adaptation. Hepburn's good performance as addict seems to be in a different film to everyone else. Characters talk at each other. There is no building of tension - 3 hours worth of chewy climax.
“The things life has done to us, we cannot excuse, or explain.” - Mary /
“It was a great mistake my being born a man, I would have been much more successful as a seagull or fish. As it is, I’ll always be a stranger who can never really feel at home.” - Edmund
Very strong performances all around, Katharine Hepburn in particular. One thing that puzzled me was the effects of morphine - for half a movie I would have sworn she was on amphetamines (harking back to the mother in The Private Lives of Pippa Lee). The strongest point of the plot is how it's impossible to point out a single overarching reason for things to have gone so terribly wrong, how it all is self-perpetuating