The Glass Menagerie

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Time Out says

Newman's movie of the Tennessee Williams play, about a family disintegrating in a gloomy, claustrophobic St Louis apartment during the depression, is uncompromising and at times unbearably poignant. The mother (Woodward) is a stifling combination of emotional blackmail and self-glorifying reverie; her crippled daughter Laura (Allen, a revelation here), is a timid, gentle creature, as fragile as the world of glass animals into which she retreats. When the long-awaited gentleman caller accidentally breaks both her favourite unicorn and her heart, she finally drifts away for good into her fantasies. Her brother Tom (Malkovich) is weak and aware of it, and his self-loathing testimony brackets the confined action. The acting is bruisingly true; the deep guilts of family are present throughout; everybody feels martyred. Newman trusts the words to conjure up the old crushed magnolia.
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Release details

UK release:

1987

Duration:

135 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Paul Newman

Cast:

Karen Allen, John Malkovich, Joanne Woodward, James Naughton

Music:

Henry Mancini

Production Designer:

Tony Walton

Editor:

David Ray

Cinematography:

Michael Ballhaus

Screenwriter:

Tennessee Williams

Producer:

Burtt Harris

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