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Long Day's Journey Into Night

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Original title
Long Day's Journey Into Night
Running time
174 min.
United States United States
Eugene O'Neill (Autobiography: Eugene O'Neill)
André Previn
Boris Kaufman (B&W)
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First Company. Distributed by Embassy Pictures
Drama | Biography
Synopsis / Plot
Long Day's Journey Into Night is one of the screen's most insightful examinations of lives caught in a downward cycle of co-dependency and despair. Working from the highly autobiographical stage play by Eugene O'Neill, director Sidney Lumet keeps the material interesting despite a 174-minute running time, and cinematographer Boris Kaufman contributes a distinctively angular, shadowy atmosphere. The performances are well-matched to the material, notably Katherine Hepburn in an unusual role as the drug-addicted mother. Since the play is, by its nature, confined to a single indoor setting, Lumet never manages to break free of the feeling that he is presenting a stage play; nonetheless, this is among the best-acted, best-written films of its era. (Richard Gilliam, All Movie Guide)
1962: Nominated for Oscar: Best Actress (Katharine Hepburn)
1962: Golden Globes: Nominated for Best Actress- Drama (Katharine Hepburn)
1962: 2 Awards in Cannes Film Festival: Best Actress (Katharine Hepburn), Actor
1962: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1962: National Board of Review: Top 10 Best Films and Best Actor (Robards)
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