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The Glass Menagerie (1987)




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Paul Newman directed this moving adaptation of Tennessee Williams' classic play The Glass Menagerie. Joanne Woodward stars as aging Southern belle Amanda Wingfield, whose domineering parenting has driven her shy, timid daughter Laura (Karen Allen) inward and has made her adventure-hungry son Tom (John Malkovich) miserable. Newman hasn't tried to open the original stage play up at all, preferring to keep all of the action within the Wingfield apartment. The cast performed the play in a Broadway revival prior to the filming. James Naughton appears as Laura's gentleman caller.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Tennessee Williams
In Theaters:
MCA Universal Home Video


Joanne Woodward
as Amanda Wingfield
John Malkovich
as Tom Wingfield
Karen Allen
as Laura Wingfield
James Naughton
as Jim O'Connor

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Critic Reviews for The Glass Menagerie

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Remains true to the Chekhovian flavor of this classic by Tennessee Williams.

Full Review… | August 27, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for The Glass Menagerie

A really beautiful story that is told extremely well by John Malkovich and Joanne Woodward, but I just feel like something was lost in the translation for Karen Allen. I mean of course it's not intended to be realistic, John Malkovich says it himself in the opening, but the problem for her isn't realism its this strange sense I get from her like she's urgently waiting for something, but I know the character isn't. Overall, the film was good, not great. Of course Malkovich delivers a standout performance, but other than that the film was simply good.

Brandon Schmidt

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