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302 Ratings

Long Day's Journey Into Night

Directed by Sidney Lumet
United States, 1962


Author Eugene O’Neill gives an autobiographical account of his explosive homelife, fused by a drug-addicted mother and a father who wallows in drink after realizing he is no longer a famous actor.

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Long Day's Journey Into Night Directed by Sidney Lumet

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1962 | 2 wins including: Best Actor

Academy Awards

1963 | Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role

National Board of Review

1962 | 2 wins including: Best Actor

Directors Guild of America

1963 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

Critics reviews

It’s a tribute to Lumet’s drive and stamina—and, frankly, to his courage—that five years into his big-screen career, the most exhaustively confessional work by America’s poet laureate of the shattered soul was everything he could have hoped for.
June 01, 2016
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In O’Neill’s best work, exposition—the past—is so hotly debated and ruminated upon because there’s no future to come and very little present remaining; his characters are crushed by the weight of the failure they’ve accumulated. Long Day’s Journey into Night is thus a three-hour danse macabre, and it suggests that what finally does us all in isn’t the body’s deterioration, but the crippling heaviness of memory.
October 28, 2012
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