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A Moon for the Misbegotten (1975)

In Connecticut in September 1923, the lives of three people collide: Josie, a domineering Irish woman with a quick tongue and a ruined reputation, her conniving father, tenant farmer Phil ... See full summary »

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Eugene O'Neill (play)
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jason Robards ... James Tyrone Jr.
Colleen Dewhurst ... Josie Hogan
Ed Flanders ... Phil Hogan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edwin McDonough Edwin McDonough ... Mike Hogan (as Edwin J. McDonough)
John O'Leary John O'Leary ... T. Stedman Harder
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In Connecticut in September 1923, the lives of three people collide: Josie, a domineering Irish woman with a quick tongue and a ruined reputation, her conniving father, tenant farmer Phil Hogan, and James Tyrone, Jr., Hogan's landlord and drinking companion, a cynical alcoholic haunted by the death of his mother. Written by GusF

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Release Date:

27 May 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ena feggari gia tous katatregmenous See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Jason Robards plays James Tyrone, Jr., a role he also played in the original 1958 Broadway production and 1962 film version of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962). See more »

Quotes

James Tyrone Jr.: Mother! Mother! Must drink to forget - forget how much I drank the night mother died!
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Follows Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962) See more »

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The Moon and the Stars
10 May 2005 | by madbeastSee all my reviews

Written in 1943, it took "A Moon for the Misbegotten" over 30 years to find its place as one of the most important works in the Eugene O'Neill canon. First produced on Broadway in 1958, the play was originally dismissed as second-rate O'Neill. It took the powerhouse 1974 revival directed by Jose Quintero and starring Jason Robards, Colleen Dewhurst and Ed Flanders to finally earn O'Neill's painful reminiscence about his brother Jamie, unforgettably introduced to audiences in "Long Days Journey Into Night," the deserved accolade of "masterpiece." The story is incidental: dirt farmers Josie and her father attempt to dupe their alcoholic landlord James Tyrone, Jr. into spending the night with Josie in the hopes of initiating a vague stab at retaliation against a scheme that Tyrone has hatched against him. But when the drunken lessor shows up for the assignation, what unfolds is a series of jolting revelations that leaves all of the characters - and the audience - emotionally spent, with only a lingering sense of compassion haunting their well-traveled spirits.

This DVD is the ABC television production of this landmark theatrical event, and admirers of great acting can only be thankful that the production was preserved on video. The performances of Jason Robards, repeating the role he created in the original Broadway production and film of "Long Day's Journey"; Ed Flanders, who received both the Tony Award for the Broadway production and the Emmy for the television presentation; and most especially Colleen Dewhurst, who is magnificent in her Tony Award-winning role as Josie, all offer such brilliantly moving performances that the memory of them will linger long after the final credits unspool.


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