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The Glass Menagerie (1987)

A son longs to escape from his stifling home, where his genteel mother worries about the future prospects of his lame, shy sister.

Director:

Paul Newman

Writer:

Tennessee Williams (play)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joanne Woodward ... Amanda Wingfield
John Malkovich ... Tom Wingfield
Karen Allen ... Laura Wingfield
James Naughton ... Jim O'Connor (the gentleman caller)
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Storyline

A son longs to escape from his stifling home, where his genteel mother worries about the future prospects of his lame, shy sister.

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1988 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Algemas de Cristal See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$895,904

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$895,904
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Cineplex Odeon Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original Broadway stage play "The Glass Menagerie" opened at the Playhouse Theatre on Mar 31, 1945 and ran for 563 performances. See more »

Goofs

As Tom is speaking with Laura in one scene, every time the camera is focused on her, his arms are at his sides in the background. When the camera focuses on him, his arms are crossed. This switches back and forth for an entire scene. See more »

Quotes

Amanda Wingfield: You are the only young man that I know of who ignores the fact that the future becomes the present, the present becomes the past, and the past turns into everlasting regret if you don't plan for it!
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Connections

Version of ITV Play of the Week: The Glass Menagerie (1964) See more »

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An astonishing performance by Karen Allen
17 May 2005 | by jtdbSee all my reviews

Stagey but handsome version of the Williams classic directed by Paul Newman. Fluid camera-work and beautiful lighting, an evocative score, and nice (if leisurely) pacing help immensely. The high school classes I showed this to didn't respond to Woodward's Amanda, though she certainly nails the comedy of the piece; however, it's a very animated performance, with flutey vocal mannerisms that can grate on one. (I've not seen the Hepburn performance, but she often gets criticized for the same thing; however, I'd love to see her tackle the dramatic stuff.) James Naughton is solid, if a bit stolid, as the gentleman caller. Malkovich etches a remarkable portrayal of Tom--defiantly unafraid of the character's possible gay subtext--that grows in poignancy to a heartbreaking final monologue. But it's Karen Allen's Laura that is the heart of this piece--if you've only seen her in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" or "Scrooged," you'll be astounded at her ability to cut straight to your heart with just her eyes. She's truly unforgettable.


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