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.