Long Day's Journey Into Night

"Extraordinary"

Long Day's Journey Into Night Review


Thanks to her natural trembling, Katharine Hepburn makes for a truly amazing drug addict, in this harrowing and devastation Sidney Lumet film, adapted from Eugene O'Neill's autobiographical story of his turbulent (to put it mildly) home life. In a nutshell: It's one horrific night when all sorts of dirt is dished: From mom's morphine addiction and resentment of son Edmund (Dean Stockwell) over the death of her third-born, to dad's (Ralph Richardson) alcoholism and distaste for mom, to more sibling rivalry from firstborn Jamie (Jason Robards).

This isn't just a platform for Hepburn to show off; all of the players are top form. It's hard to pick a favorite, but Robards shows, early in his career, how commanding a screen presence he would grow up to be. Sure, the movie is three long hours, and it really wears you down in the end. But that's just O'Neill's parlor trick. By the end of this, you're part of the family. Welcome to hell.

Long Day's Journey Into Night

Facts and Figures

Run time: 174 mins

In Theaters: Thursday 14th May 1964

Distributed by: Republic Pictures Home Video

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 4.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Fresh: 14 Rotten: 1

IMDB: 7.8 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: Ely A. Landau

Starring: as Mary Tyrone, as James Tyrone, as Jamie Tyrone, as Edmund Tyrone, as Kathleen


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