Long Day's Journey into Night (1987)





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Previously filmed by director Sidney Lumet in 1962, Eugene O'Neill's gloomy Pulitzer Prize-winning play Long Day's Journey Into Night is given a vibrant videotaped treatment by Jonathan Miller. Set on one hot August day and night in 1912, the story concerns the tragic Tyrone family (based, as any American literature student will tell, on O'Neill's own star-crossed clan). The four principals include James Tyrone (Jack Lemmon), a once-great actor who compromised his talent by barnstorming all over the country in a tired melodrama and by consuming great quantities of alcohol; James' wife Mary (Bethel Leslie), a morphine addict who lives in a world of dreams and delusions; oldest son Jamie (Kevin Spacey), a drunken hellraiser; and sensitive,tuberculosis-ridden younger son Edmund (Peter Gallagher), the Eugene O'Neill counterpart. As originally staged, Long Day's Journey Into Night was a long journey indeed, running close to four hours. Director Miller wisely prunes the text down to the essentials, and with equal wisdom packs plenty of visual dynamics into an otherwise excessively verbose piece. Long Day's Journey Into Night was first telecast April 11, 1987, over the Showtime Cable Service.
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Jack Lemmon
as James Tyrone
Bethel Leslie
as Mary Tyrone
Peter Gallagher
as Edmund Tyrone
Kevin Spacey
as Jamie Tyrone

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Incredible acting, but it gave me a headache. Every character was screwed up to the point of overkill, which I gather was the point. It was like a marathon of drama queens, each getting at least one, if not four chances, to emote to the point of hysteria. Jack Lemmon certainly impressed, as did an untethered, Brando-like Kevin Spacy. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood for this much melodrama.

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