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|SUBJECT WAS ROSES, THE (director: Ulu Grosbard; screenwriter: based on the story and Broadway play by Frank Gilroy/Frank Gilroy; cinematographer: Jack Priestley; editor: Jerry Greenberg; music: Lee Pockriss; cast: Patricia Neal (Nettie Cleary), Jack Albertson (John Cleary), Martin Sheen (Timmy Cleary), Don Saxon (Nightclub Master of Ceremonies), Elaine Williams (Woman), Grant Gordon (Man in Restaurant); Runtime: 107; MPAA Rating: G; producer: Edgar Lansbury; MGM; 1968)|
"kitchen sink" drama was largely effective because
of the superb acting and dialogue."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
'Roses' is based on
Frank Gilroy's 1964 Pulitzer Prize-winner
This was the first film made after Patricia Neal suffered
three massive and near-fatal strokes, early in 1965.
Directorial debut of Ulu Grosbard ("Straight
Time"/"True Confessions"/"Georgia") is a respectable one.
Jack Albertson and Martin Sheen reprise their stage roles.
The "kitchen sink" drama was largely effective because
of the superb acting and dialogue. Though the film lacked
cinematic value, it was intelligently conceived much
like a play.
John Cleary (Jack Albertson) and Nettie Cleary (Patricia Neal) are a bickering couple,
whose 20-year-old son Timothy (Martin Sheen) returns to his Bronx home
after his Army duty discharge during WWII. His arrival ignites
the lingering family's discord. Tim was pampered by
his over-protective mom and had some issues with his
alcoholic salesman dad. Mom and dad try to put on a
happy face for Tim, but soon revert to arguing as the
family's strained relationship is highlighted. Timmy
has the unpleasant task of trying to bring them
together, and decides to live on his own so his folks
won't openly fight over him.
Former vaudevillian Jack Albertson won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor; Patricia Neal received a nomination for Best Actress.
REVIEWED ON 2/6/2010 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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