The Subject Was Roses

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Having done Frank D Gilroy's Pulitzer Prize-winner on Broadway, Albertson and Sheen reprised their roles for this respectable film version, stage director Grosbard made his feature debut, and Neal came back from a serious stroke to complete the team. Sheen's the WWII veteran whose return to a less-than-happy home ignites long-standing animosities between mom and pop (Neal and Albertson), a set-up which may have had some residual resonance during the Vietnam era, but which is mainly a platform for three detailed, honest performances.

By: TJ

Release details

Duration: 107 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Ulu Grosbard
Screenwriter: Frank D Gilroy
Cast: Patricia Neal
Jack Albertson
Martin Sheen
Don Saxon
Elaine Williams
Grant Gordon
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