Mourning Becomes Electra (1947)

Mourning Becomes Electra


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Eugene O'Neill's updated version of the Orestaia. In New England, after the American Civil War, a war-weary Agamem--er, Ezra Mannon comes home to his unhappy wife (Christine) and loving daughter (Lavinia). But Lavinia's ex-suitor, Adam Brant, has become Christine's lover, and together Adam and Christine plot to poison Ezra. When they succeed, Lavinia turns to her brother Orin to help bring the lovers to justice, but when they succeed, Orin goes mad and his suicide note may come between Lavinia … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
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On DVD: Dec 21, 2004



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Critic Reviews for Mourning Becomes Electra

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | January 28, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

The long, talky film, based on an ancient Greek tragedy play, was a bomb at the box office.

Full Review… | June 12, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

More than a curio.... The awkward style and portentous structure of Nichols' film astonishes possess an integritiy that commands attention. Formidable, and memorable.

Full Review… | August 21, 2005
Nick's Flick Picks

How to wreck a dramatic masterpiece in three grueling hours.

Full Review… | September 10, 2004
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for Mourning Becomes Electra

A classic story is brought to film, but it's so long and boring that it's hard to keep interest in the story. Maybe if you're a big fan of the original play, but otherwise, I wouldn't recommend this movie.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

Miscast, stagnant version of something that's heavy going to begin with. Redgrave is good as Orin the haunted son. Rosalind tries but is just the wrong actress for the part, ideally it should have been Katharine Hepburn or Olivia de Havilland, and Katina Paxinou gives an overblown operatic performance in a part that would have fit Garbo perfectly. The play is really too complex for a standard film version, the extended PBS production in the late 70's with Joan Hackett and Roberta Maxwell got it right but that one clocks in at just under five hours.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Brutally long for an unpolished piece, Mourning Becomes Electra causes you to twitch as you realize that you still have ages to go before the end.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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