The Winter of Our Discontent (film)

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The Winter of Our Discontent
Directed by Waris Hussein
Produced by R.W. Goodwin
Screenplay by Michael De Guzman
Based on The Winter of Our Discontent 
by John Steinbeck
Starring Donald Sutherland
Teri Garr
Tuesday Weld
Music by Mark Snow
Cinematography Robbie Greenberg
Edited by Fred A. Chulack
Hallmark Hall of Fame
Distributed by CBS
Release date(s)
  • December 6, 1983 (1983-12-06) (United States)
Running time 105 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Winter of Our Discontent is a 1983 made-for-TV movie directed by Waris Hussein based on the novel of the same name by John Steinbeck.


The story is about a Long Islander named Ethan Allen Hawley (played by Donald Sutherland) who works as a clerk in a grocery store he used to own, but is now owned by an Italian immigrant (played by Michael V. Gazzo). His wife (Teri Garr) and kids want more than what he can give them because of his lowly position.

He finds out that the immigrant that owns his store is an illegal alien, turns him into the Immigration and Naturalization Service, and receives the store by deceiving the immigrant. Ethan continues to have feelings of depression and anxiety brought about by his uneasy relationship with his wife and kids, risky flirtation with Margie Young-Hunt (Tuesday Weld), and consideration of a bank robbery scheme.


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