Long Day's Journey Into Night

Synopsis: Over the course of one day in August 1912, the family of retired actor James Tyrone grapples with the morphine addiction of his wife Mary, the illness of their youngest son Edmund and the alcoholism and debauchery of their older son Jamie. As day turns into night, guilt, anger, despair, and regret threaten to destroy the family.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Sidney Lumet
Production: Republic Pictures Home Video
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 4 nominations.
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174 min

The damned old scoundrel. By God you can't beat him.

The dirty blagard he'll get me into serious trouble yet.

- I hope you told him I'd be mad as hell

- I told him you'd be tickled to death over the great irish victory

and so you are, stop faking Papa.

- Well I'm not tickled to death.

- You are too James, you're simply denying it.

Well what are you laughing at? There's nothing funny!

A fine son you are to help that blagard(?) get me into a lawsuit.

- Now James! Don't lose your temper.

- Yes I suppose your regretting you weren't there to prompt Shaughnessy

with a few nastier insults. You've a fine

talent for that if for nothing else.

James! There's no reason to scold Jamie!

For God's sake Papa, if you're gonna start that stuff I'll beat it.

God Papa. I should think you'd get sick of hearing yourself.

You mustn't mind Edmund, James.

Remember he isn't well.

A summer cold makes anyone irritable.

It's not just a cold he's got.

The kid is damn sick.

Why do you say that?

It IS just a cold anyone can tell that.

You always imagine things

All Jamie meant is he may have a touch of something else which makes his cold worse.

Sure Mama that's all I meant.

Dr. Hardy thinks it might be a bit of malarial fever

he caught when he was in the tropics.

Dr. Hardy!

I wouldn't believe a thing he said if he swore it on a stack of bibles.

I know what doctors are, they're all alike, anything,

they don't care what to keep you coming to them.

What is it?

What...? What are you looking at?

Is my hair coming down? or... something?

There's nothing wrong with your hair.

The fatter and healthier you are, the vainer you became.

You'll soon spend half the day primping before the mirror.

My eyes are so bad now, I really should have new glasses.

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Eugene O'Neill

Eugene Gladstone O'Neill (October 16, 1888 – November 27, 1953) was an American playwright and Nobel laureate in Literature. His poetically titled plays were among the first to introduce into U.S. drama techniques of realism earlier associated with Russian playwright Anton Chekhov, Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, and Swedish playwright August Strindberg. The drama Long Day's Journey into Night is often numbered on the short list of the finest U.S. plays in the 20th century, alongside Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire and Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.O'Neill's plays were among the first to include speeches in American English vernacular and involve characters on the fringes of society. They struggle to maintain their hopes and aspirations, but ultimately slide into disillusionment and despair. Of his very few comedies, only one is well-known (Ah, Wilderness!). Nearly all of his other plays involve some degree of tragedy and personal pessimism. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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