Astonishing 4-hour transfer onto the screen of O'Neill's play, this marathon of decaying will among social zombies takes place in a single setting divided by a curtain. Yet, Frankenheimer' odious hoi polloi -led by a marvellous Lee Marvin- lifts the film to unprecedented heights of engagement, delivering a superb treatise on the (useless) 'fictions' that torment countless lives as they resign to the Grim Reaper.
I came from the book (Eugene O'Neill, 1946) to this movie. There is another film version available (with Jason Robards, Robert Redford; 1960). But how can you beat Lee Marvin, Frederich March, Robert Ryan, Jeff Bridges .. The book is very intense; but the film, puh, even more. Theodore "Hickey" Hickman, unbelievable how Lee Marvin gets out the utmost out of this character. Not easy stuff; but very worthwile to watch.