The Glass Menagerie DVD (1987)
Tom Wingfield (John Malkovich), a dreamer who lives with his domineering mother Amanda (a luminous Joanne Woodward) and his fragile, limping sister Laura (Karen Allen). Mom wants nothing more than to marry off shy-flower Laura and keeps bugging Tom to bring home a guy. He then corrals coworker James Naughton for an evening--and Amanda treats it as though Naughton's signed up for the nuptial short-course.
Woodward is touching as this smothering mother who means well, while Malkovich is perfect as the would-be writer longing to break free. And Allen brings surprising strength to the role of Laura.
Viewer Quote: "I have seen various film and stage productions of it over the years, and this is the best presentation that I've seen yet. The acting is superb, particularly John Malkovich and Karen Allen. Malkovich gives a definitive portrayal of the budding writer, a performance that would please Tennessee Williams himself, in my opinion."
This film is an excellent replication of Tennessee Williams' play of the same title.
Director: Paul Newman
Music: Henry Mancini
The DVD is encoded NTSC REGION 0 (playable worldwide).
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