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Period of Adjustment (1962)

Not Rated | | Drama, Comedy | 31 October 1962 (USA)
A newlywed couple on their honeymoon visit friends who are having marital problems of their own.

Director:

George Roy Hill

Writers:

Isobel Lennart (screenplay), Tennessee Williams (play)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anthony Franciosa ... Ralph Bates (as Tony Franciosa)
Jane Fonda ... Isabel Haverstick
Jim Hutton ... George Haverstick
Lois Nettleton ... Dorothea Bates
John McGiver ... Stewart P. McGill
Mabel Albertson ... Mrs. Alice McGill
Jack Albertson ... Desk Sergeant
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Storyline

On December 23rd, Korean War veteran George Haverstick and nurse Isabel Crane - who George lovingly refers to as "Little Bit" - get married in a civil ceremony. They met when George was admitted to Belvedere General Hospital in St. Louis for a nervous shake, with Isabel being his night nurse. They got married immediately following his release, which occurred despite the doctors never discovering the reason for his affliction. They plan on honeymooning in Miami, and stopping in suburban High Point, Tennessee along the way to visit George's best friend, fellow Korean War vet Ralph Bates, and Ralph's wife of six years, Dorothea Bates. By the time they arrive on the Bates' doorstep on Christmas Eve, George and Isabel are hardly speaking to each other when they aren't yelling at each other as each had a preconceived notion of their role in the marriage incompatible with the other, and a romanticized view of how the other should behave. Ralph's marriage is currently in no better shape. ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

That AGONIZING Pause Between the Homeymoon and the Marriage.

Genres:

Drama | Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Del matrimonio al amor See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Marten Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Released the same date as "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" See more »

Quotes

Ralph Baitz: The human heart could never pass the drunk test. Take a human heart out of a human body, put legs on it and tell it to walk a straight line, and it couldn't. The heart could never pass a drunk test.
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Referenced in M*A*S*H: Period of Adjustment (1979) See more »

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Tennesee Williams comedy(!)
4 December 2002 | by barbarella70See all my reviews

Based on a play by Tennesee Williams, the story revolves around two couples-one that's fun to watch, and one that drags. Jim Hutton (Timothy's dad) and Jane Fonda play George and Isabelle Haverstick-a simple, bull-headed young buck and his high-maitenance southern belle bride who drop in on his 'ol war buddy (a handsome Tony Franciosa) married to an unhappy rich girl (Lois Nettleton fleshing out a very difficult role) around Christmas. Jim and Jane inject their characters with enough exuberance to shoot them to the moon; thus, they expose the rather bland quality in Ralph and Dorothea even though Tony and Lois are fine actors who do what they can. Director George Roy Hill tries to keep the action from being too stagy and is generally successful, though less so in the second half.

The main attraction here is Fonda: playing a sweet, jittery mouse with surprising outbursts of anger, she turns in a memorable comic performance. The desperate phone call to 'Daddy', her initial introductory scenes with Hutton, a tragic attempt to get her 'little blue zipper bag', and the first meeting with the Baitz's dog are beautifully done with gusto. If you look at her work here along with Barbarella, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, Klute, and Julia-you'll see she had that rare quality few leading movie stars have: the ability to be a damn good character actor.

The movie's harmless fun and I recommend watching it under a blanket with a hot cup of cocoa, a roaring fire, and a lighted Christmas tree. Please read the review submitted by Eric Chapman. Enjoy!


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