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A Long Day's Journey Into Night (#2416)

In the summer of 1939, at the age of 50, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Eugene O'Neill began work on what he called "a play of old sorrow, written in tears and blood," finally summoning the courage to write an autobiographical masterpiece that confronted the truth about his own family. In this powerful interpretation from Canada's Stratford Festival, filmmaker David Wellington's film adaptation of O'Neill's searing drama maintains the production's theatrical intimacy, featuring shattering performances by William Hutt as James Tyrone, Martha Henry as his wife, Mary, Peter Donaldson as James Jr. and Tom McCamus as O'Neill's alter ego, Edmund. [176 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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The Arts
Series Length
263 episodes
Average Episode Length
97 minutes
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Sch/until 3/24/16; ncc; simul. ;7-day cached rights
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