The Glass Menagerie (1973 film)
|The Glass Menagerie|
|Directed by||Anthony Harvey|
|Produced by||Cecil F. Ford
|Written by||Tennessee Williams (play)|
|Music by||John Barry|
|Edited by||John Bloom|
|Distributed by||American Broadcasting Company|
|Release date(s)||16 December 1973|
|Running time||100 mins|
The Glass Menagerie is a 1973 American television movie based on the 1944 play of the same name by Tennessee Williams. It is directed by Anthony Harvey and stars Katharine Hepburn, Sam Waterston, Joanna Miles and Michael Moriarty. It marked the third screen adaptation of the play.
The Glass Menagerie was Katharine Hepburn's first appearance on television. She had initially been wary of the medium, but was convinced by the opportunity to work with friend Anthony Harvey, with whom she had made the successful film The Lion in Winter. Hepburn was also drawn to the project when she was told her niece Katharine Houghton could co-star as Laura, but Houghton eventually turned down the role.
- Katharine Hepburn as Amanda Wingfield, the ex-Southern belle who has been abandoned by her husband and longs for the kind of Old South gentility and comforts which she remembers from her youth for her children.
- Sam Waterston as Tom Wingfield, Amanda's son who works in a warehouse but aspires to be a writer. He feels both obligated toward yet burdened by his family.
- Joanna Miles as Laura Wingfield, Amanda's shy and extra-sensitive daughter.
- Michael Moriarty as Jim O'Connor, a workmate of Tom's who is invited to the Wingfields' house for dinner with the intent of being Laura's first gentleman caller.
Wins and nominations
- Win for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama - Michael Moriarty
- Win for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama - Joanna Miles
- Win for Supporting Actor of the Year - Michael Moriarty
- Win for Supporting Actress of the Year - Joanna Miles
- Nomination for Best Actress in a Drama - Katharine Hepburn
- Nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama - Sam Waterston
At the 1974 Directors Guild of America Awards:
- Nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television - Anthony Harvey