Long Day's Journey into Night (1962)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Addiction Drama, Family Drama  |   Release Date - May 1, 1962 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 174 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Long Day's Journey Into Night is one of the screen's most insightful examinations of lives caught in a downward cycle of co-dependency and despair. Working from the highly autobiographical stage play by Eugene O'Neill, director Sidney Lumet keeps the material interesting despite a 174-minute running time, and cinematographer Boris Kaufman contributes a distinctively angular, shadowy atmosphere. The performances are well-matched to the material, notably Katherine Hepburn in an unusual role as the drug-addicted mother. Since the play is, by its nature, confined to a single indoor setting, Lumet never manages to break free of the feeling that he is presenting a stage play; nonetheless, this is among the best-acted, best-written films of its era.