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Veteran George Haverstick (Jim Hutton) meets nurse Isabel (Jane Fonda) while in hospital and soon marries her. However, Isabel is disappointed to learn that George drives a hearse and has booked them a dingy motel for their honeymoon, during which he falls asleep drunk. The next day, the couple visits George's friend Ralph (Tony Franciosa), who originally married Dorothea (Lois Nettleton) for money but now loves her. Dorothea wants to leave Ralph, and the Haversticks try to help him.

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Critic Reviews for Period of Adjustment

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (2)

  • Adapted by Isobel Lennart and directed by George Roy Hill... Together they have composed a lead-in sequence which fulfils [Tennessee Williams's] intentions and neatly matches his wit.

    March 17, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Period of Adjustment is lower case Tennessee Williams, but it also illustrates that lower case Williams is superior to the upper case of most modern playwrights.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…
  • All in all, it's an appealing mix, even if the shifts in tone seem to unsettle cast and director alike. First-rate performances, though, especially from Fonda, as a wide-eyed Southern belle.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
  • If anyone else but Williams had written this stage play, it might have been hailed by everyone.

    July 22, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Based on Tennessee Williams first conscious effort to write a straight conventional comedy, this verbose screen version, starrig the young Janes Finda, is disappointingly directed by George Roy Hill.

    April 28, 2012 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • It veered wonderfully between adult comedy and poignant tender moments.

    January 6, 2010 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Adapted by Isobel Lennart and directed by George Roy Hill... Together they have composed a lead-in sequence which fulfils [Tennessee Williams's] intentions and neatly matches his wit.

    March 17, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Period of Adjustment is lower case Tennessee Williams, but it also illustrates that lower case Williams is superior to the upper case of most modern playwrights.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…
  • All in all, it's an appealing mix, even if the shifts in tone seem to unsettle cast and director alike. First-rate performances, though, especially from Fonda, as a wide-eyed Southern belle.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
  • If anyone else but Williams had written this stage play, it might have been hailed by everyone.

    July 22, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Based on Tennessee Williams first conscious effort to write a straight conventional comedy, this verbose screen version, starrig the young Janes Finda, is disappointingly directed by George Roy Hill.

    April 28, 2012 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • It veered wonderfully between adult comedy and poignant tender moments.

    January 6, 2010 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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