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      Period of Adjustment

      Released Oct 31, 1962 1h 52m Comedy Drama List
      71% Tomatometer 7 Reviews 50% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Veteran George Haverstick (Jim Hutton) meets nurse Isabel (Jane Fonda) while in hospital and soon marries her. However, Isabel is disappointed to learn that George drives a hearse and has booked them a dingy motel for their honeymoon, during which he falls asleep drunk. The next day, the couple visits George's friend Ralph (Tony Franciosa), who originally married Dorothea (Lois Nettleton) for money but now loves her. Dorothea wants to leave Ralph, and the Haversticks try to help him. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Brenda Davies Sight & Sound Adapted by Isobel Lennart and directed by George Roy Hill... Together they have composed a lead-in sequence which fulfils [Tennessee Williams's] intentions and neatly matches his wit. Mar 17, 2020 Full Review Variety Staff Variety Period of Adjustment is lower case Tennessee Williams, but it also illustrates that lower case Williams is superior to the upper case of most modern playwrights. Mar 26, 2009 Full Review Trevor Johnston Time Out All in all, it's an appealing mix, even if the shifts in tone seem to unsettle cast and director alike. First-rate performances, though, especially from Fonda, as a wide-eyed Southern belle. Jun 24, 2006 Full Review TV Guide If anyone else but Williams had written this stage play, it might have been hailed by everyone. Rated: 3/4 Jul 22, 2013 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Based on Tennessee Williams first conscious effort to write a straight conventional comedy, this verbose screen version, starrig the young Janes Finda, is disappointingly directed by George Roy Hill. Rated: C Apr 28, 2012 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews It veered wonderfully between adult comedy and poignant tender moments. Rated: B+ Jan 6, 2010 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Blu B Not Bad honestly especially for a directorial debut. It's a screwball like comedy mixed with a Christmas movie so can't say I've seen too many of those. It's got some charm too it and a nice happy ending for all those involved which was nice. Everything is half decent about it. The only real issues is some of the acting is a bit wooden and over the top at points especially with Fonda and her husband. Some of the humor could be better also as most does fall flat but it makes up for tha with a decent amount of heart. I''m not sure why this is in black and white either as it really doesn't add anything and not much of this pops visually. On top of that it can feel like it comes a bit out of nowhere how it sets it up as it's going to be about Fonda and her husband but becomes more about them and his best friends couple also. It does flow and make sense though but it could be a bit more tighter. Overall if your a big fan of off beat Christmas flicks, any actors in this, or the director than give this a shot. It's not half bad actually. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 12/02/23 Full Review steve d A lesser Tennessee Williams but still Tennessee Williams, Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member This would be much better as an on-stage-screwball play, but it works out OK in this adaptation with Jane as the wide-eyed newlywed who's not getting those honeymoon surprises she was expecting. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member all they do is yell thru the whole thing so boring Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Audience Member I shouldn't be surprised since this is Tennessee Williams, but the whole thing is couples fighting and that got boring after a while. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Audience Member Entertaining, though not a classic, Tennessee Williams' film adaptation comedy about newlyweds working things out. George Roy Hill directed and Jane Fonda makes one of her early film appearances. The film had a good cast, but the film never really grabbed me. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Veteran George Haverstick (Jim Hutton) meets nurse Isabel (Jane Fonda) while in hospital and soon marries her. However, Isabel is disappointed to learn that George drives a hearse and has booked them a dingy motel for their honeymoon, during which he falls asleep drunk. The next day, the couple visits George's friend Ralph (Tony Franciosa), who originally married Dorothea (Lois Nettleton) for money but now loves her. Dorothea wants to leave Ralph, and the Haversticks try to help him.
      Director
      George Roy Hill
      Producer
      Lawrence Weingarten
      Screenwriter
      Isobel Lennart
      Distributor
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
      Production Co
      Marten Pictures
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 31, 1962, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Sep 1, 2009
      Runtime
      1h 52m
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