Based on the Robert Anderson play, it is the story of an 80-year-old man's dominance over his widowed son, and belligerence towards his daughter who married a Jew. The son tries unsuccessfully to communicate with his father after his mother's death, and the years of competition and looking for recognition cause futility.
A fine cinematic version of Robert Anderson's semi-autobiographical stage play about a middle-aged widower, played by Hackman, who is still trying to win the approval of his distant father. A bleak but believable turn of events forces him to choose between moving far away to marry the woman he loves or staying to care for the parental curmudgeon. Many will relate to this family drama which was adapted for the screen by Anderson.
Character Study |
Coming Of Age |
Tear Jerker |
Originally rated MPAA GP.
Additional credits: Charles Federmack (sound) and Stanley Panesoff (assistant director).
Filmed and produced in 1969.
Original play was produced by Gilbert Cates with Doris Warner Vidor, and staged by Alan Schneider in 1968.
The following people played the various roles in the original stage play on Broadway: Alan Webb (Tom Garrison); Hal Holbrook (Gene Garrison); Lillian Gish (Margaret Garrison); and Teresa Wright (Alice).
Actress Teresa Wright is married to playwright Robert Anderson.
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