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Wonderful, but how did anyone survive the 50s?
- New Mexican
Remarkable that in an era of forbidden everything and leering broad comedy Tennessee Williams offered this complex, rueful, sad-funny, touching, realistic and observant story. It must be even more difficult to write complex comedy than schtick or deep tragedy. This play/film almost does it completely. The only impediment to greater depth is the socially impoverished era in which it is set. And that only matters because the era is essential to the play. The entire cast all rise to the material. Lois Nettleton is excellent in a thankless role. This is not a feel-good Christmas play. Nor is it a hoot, searing tragedy or a 'lighthearted romp.' Remember when they actually wrote realistic plays? This is one. It is a mix of what is important and not important in everyday life and how confusing that is. Actually, it looks like everyday life at a slight remove, perhaps a little too close for comfort for many of us.
a Christmas treasure
love this movie not just during the holidays, but anytime. Performance gems by Jane Fonda and Jim Hutton, and supporting cast excellent. Most memorable line.... Jim Hutton (newlywed) in phone booth and day after wedding and on honeymoon talking to his buddy, Tony Franciosa, and when asked by him "Where are you now? ~ I'm in hell!....no, I mean geographically."
Love this movie but...
I watch it every year and love it! Has anyone else noticed that when the boys drink beer, the cans are upside down?? Just wondering if anyone knows. Thanks, TCM, for showing this holiday classic!
My Christmas Pleasure
Every Christmas I try to watch this movie. Sometimes I think Anthony Franciosa's acting is over the top, but the fine writing and characterizations really let each actor (even the minor ones) shine. Instead of the treacly movies that often are shown at Christmas, this movie has themes that have real meaning and the emotions really come through.
Period of Adjustment
- Judy Johnson
My late husband and I looked forward to this movie every time the Christmas movies started coming on TCM~!It is different,and so fun to watch...I love all the characters and the people that play them.I feel like my husband is close by,now when I watch it.
Grab It While You Can!
- Loren Harding
I would advise you to watch, or purchase, this motion picture while you can. Tennessee Williams, no less, wrote the original stageplay, which is now infrequently performed. The only other comedy Williams wrote that I know of is the one act A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur. If you tire of his steaminess, breathe here.
Misuse of talented actors
- Blaire D
I have tried several times to watch this movie from beginning to end without success. I don't get this picture, and can't figure out how Jim Hutton and Jane Fonda could be cast as Southerners. My guess is they were starting out in their film careers and were forced to do this picture to fulfill a contractual obligation. There's a fine supporting cast, but the movie itself is long and drawn out.
Wonderful Character Portrayal & Funny Script
- Eric S.
Excellent FUN ! Don't miss this one. Excellent humor thanks to a great script, & wonderful character portrayal--very believably--by the four leads. Well worth watching...or owning. I'll buy a copy to add to my collection. I NEVER leave movie reviews. I felt compelled to get the word out about this gem !! Enjoy.
It's been a while
- cheryl white
It's been a while since I have been able to watch a movie from beginning to end, while concentrating and enthralled by amazing direction, screenplay, acting and simplicity of settings. The pace of this film was just perfect. I loved it. I really felt I was a part of this movie, not just as someone watching a film. It has really been a while since I have had this experience.Thank you,Cheryl White
Period of Adjustment
Watched the last 1/2 of the movie tonight for the 1st time. What a great Christmas-time movie. That was such an awkward period in our history; many movies were so stiff regarding family issues. It was cool to see how this movie dealt with these 'delicate' topics in such a real, hopeful & helpful way! Hope to see it regularly at Christmas.
- Bobbie Barnes
I do not understand why TCM is not showing PERIOD of ADJUSTMENT for Christmas.Since it is not released on DVD, my husband and I look forward to watching this movie on Christmas every year. PLEASE SHOW THIS MOVIE.Thanks,TCM FANBobbie
This film needs to be on DVD soon!!!
This film is awesome and i hope it is released soon on dvd. I really would like to add this movie to my collection.
deserves to be shown every Christmas
- B Clearman
has become a Christmas must-see for our family. Screenplay is on the button, and actors are perfect in the roles. Love it.
Humorous Tennessee Williams vehicle
- Jarrod McDonald
It's a shame that as of February 2010, this film still isn't out on DVD. It's such a classic, and the four leads are superb: Tony Franciosa, Jane Fonda, Jim Hutton & Lois Nettleton. I also like the supporting actors, especially Mabel Albertson. The quarrel scenes are a bit over-the-top but it's played with such humor that it's truly fun to watch the hysterical moments and see the entanglements play out. I think these couples would ironically last, and we get the sense that this is just the beginning for the four friends and their life-long adventures together. In a way, it would've been fun had there been a sequel made for this.
Too much loud marital discord spoils this story!
- Richard Guenther
Yes, Jane Fonda is a gorgeous sexy vixen in this movie, but her character spends most of the movie whining, complaining, scolding, accusing, and angrily shouting at her immature, dumb, insensitive, and seemingly blind husband, who seems more in love with his buddy than her. Most normal red-blooded heterosexual men would kill to hook up with such a superfox, but not her husband! He's mainly interested in sharing a dude ranch with his special buddy. She's pregnant already, even though they are still on their honeymoon, so I guess that explains why she sticks with him no matter what. How much complaining and loud marital discord can you take before you get worn out by it? And you know that this marriage is never going to last becauseher husband isn't likely to change, but they leave you with a happy ending, like everything's going to be okay from then on. Anthony Franciosa is great as the special army buddy in this movie, but he couldn't make this movie more palatable to me.
A once a year must see for me!
- Ron Masters
A little nastalgic, but I love to watch this one each year just before Christmas. I have an old VHS copy (that's fading fast). Would love to see it available on DVD. Jim Hutton, Tony Franciosa and an early Jane Fonda have a great chemistry in this one.
Such a charming film!
I really enjoyed this movie which was shown recently on TCM. I have always loved Jane Fonda. I found her to be so funny and charming in her role as the shy, southern belle bride of a Korean War veteran. The film is kind of racy for the early sixties. I was pleased to discover that the film is based on a Tennessee Williams play; thus, explaining the excellent dialogue. The acting is superb. It is truly an enjoyable comedy!