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The Glass Menagerie (1973)





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Although not the best outing for Ms. Hepburn, the rest of the cast helps to carry this retelling of the Tennessee Williams play about a Southern lady who tries to draw on her more genteel past to inspire confidence in her crippled daughter and to set her son on a path that will net him more than his "poetry" writing.
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Katharine Hepburn
as Amanda Wingfield
Joanna Miles
as Laura Wingfield
Michael Moriarty
as Jim O'Connor
Sam Waterston
as Tom Wingfield

Critic Reviews for The Glass Menagerie

All Critics (2)

With a play this good, even a pedestrian cast would be hard pushed not to shine, but, the addition of the kind of acting calibre on offer in this superior version results in a truly moving couple of hours.

Full Review… | June 13, 2008
Eye for Film

Moriarty and Miles took home two Emmys each ... Waterson and Hepburn were also nominated. It's directed with grace and generous long takes by Anthony Harvey, who only slightly 'opens up' the play. The fine original musical score is by John Barry.

Full Review… | April 8, 2006

Audience Reviews for The Glass Menagerie


Kudos to Hepburn for her outstanding performance in this fabulous adaptation for TV of Williams' play, as she finds the perfect tone for her character at just one step back from being annoying, while Miles and Moriarty shine in their wonderful long scene together.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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4 Emmy's, The Glass Menagerie was Katharine Hepburn's first appearance on television. Drama with few equals, this is not a film for action orientated, bullets blazing or even numerous scene changes. It all takes place in a tiny apartment set in Depression Era, St. Louis, Missouri. [img][/img] Tennessee Williams, author At the 26th Emmy Awards: Win for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama - Michael Moriarty Win for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama - Joanna Miles Win for Supporting Actor of the Year - Michael Moriarty Win for Supporting Actress of the Year - Joanna Miles Nomination for Best Actress in a Drama - Katharine Hepburn Nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama - Sam Waterston [img][/img] The mother of two who hovers over them telling them what to do, what to wear, what to think. It is insufferable and the near adult offspring, at least for the boy, revolts. The girl is a handicapped one who hasn't much of a life at all except for her treasured glass figurine collection ie the Glass Menagerie and her music records left from her deceased father's collection. [img][/img] SEE the entire, rapturous film, the one script that made Tennessee Williams famous: SEE it here: The Glass Menagerie was Katharine Hepburn's first appearance on television. [img][/img] NOTES: Previously filmed in 1950, Tennessee Williams' 1944 Broadway hit The Glass Menagerie was remade for television in 1973. The Glass Menagerie was one of the major television events of 1973, commanding high ratings. It received four Primetime Emmy Awards. [img][/img] CAST Katharine Hepburn as Amanda Wingfield, the ex-Southern belle who has been abandoned by her husband and longs for the kind of Old South gentility and comforts which she remembers from her youth for her children. Sam Waterston as Tom Wingfield, Amanda's son who works in a warehouse but aspires to be a writer. He feels both obligated toward yet burdened by his family. [img][/img] Sam Waterston, much younger in 1973 Joanna Miles as Laura Wingfield, Amanda's shy and extra-sensitive daughter. Michael Moriarty as Jim O'Connor, a workmate of Tom's who is invited to the Wingfields' house for dinner with the intent of being Laura's first gentleman caller. [img][/img] The mother, Hepburn, strives to get her shy daughter wed Directed by Anthony Harvey Produced by Cecil F. Ford David Susskind Written by Tennessee Williams (play) Music by John Barry Cinematography Billy Williams Editing by John Bloom Distributed by American Broadcasting Company Release dates 16 December 1973 Running time 100 mins Country USA Language English

monsieur rick
monsieur rick

An odd play but well performed with some strong performances by Hepburn and Miles.

Sunil Jawahir
Sunil Jawahir

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