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.


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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A film where Newman's staging and Henry Mancini's nostalgic soundtrack truly stands out. [Full review in Spanish]

Nov 22, 2016 | Full Review…

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

Aug 27, 2004 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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