Long Day's Journey into Night (1962 film)

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Long Day's Journey into Night
Poster - Long Day's Journey into Night.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Sidney Lumet
Produced by Ely Landau
Joseph E. Levine
Jack J. Dreyfus, Jr.
Based on Long Day's Journey into Night
1956 play
by Eugene O'Neill
Starring Katharine Hepburn
Ralph Richardson
Jason Robards
Dean Stockwell
Music by André Previn
Cinematography Boris Kaufman
Edited by Ralph Rosenblum
Distributed by Embassy Pictures
Release date
Running time
174 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $500,000

Long Day's Journey into Night is a 1962 American film adaptation of the Eugene O'Neill play. It was directed by Sidney Lumet, and produced by Ely Landau, with Joseph E. Levine and Jack J. Dreyfus, Jr. as executive producers. The screenplay was not adapted, but used directly from O'Neill's play, the music score by André Previn, and the cinematography by Boris Kaufman.

It was shot at Chelsea Studios in New York City.[1] The exteriors were shot on City Island.

The film has been restored and preserved by UCLA Film & Television Archive.

Plot and response[edit]

Katharine Hepburn as morphine-addicted mother Mary Tyrone (with Ralph Richardson as James Tyrone behind her).

The film concerns a fateful, heart-rending day in August 1912 at the seaside Connecticut home of the Tyrone family.

One theme of the play is addiction and the resulting dysfunction of the family: All three males are alcoholics, and Mary is addicted to morphine. They all constantly conceal, blame, resent, regret, accuse, and deny in an escalating cycle of conflict with occasional desperate and half-sincere attempts at affection, encouragement, and consolation.

Cast and characters[edit]


Joseph E. Levine bought the film for distribution, but said he lost money on it. "You cannot stay in business by making O'Neill pictures", he said.[2]

Awards and nominations[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ New York: The Movie Lover's Guide: The Ultimate Insider Tour of Movie New York - Richard Alleman - Broadway (February 1, 2005) ISBN 0-7679-1634-4
  2. ^ By MURRAY SCHUMACH Special to The New York Times. (1963, Dec 06). Joseph E. Levine says making of art films for U.S. is risky. New York Times (1923-Current File). Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/116525835
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Long Day's Journey into Night". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 

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