Long Day’s Journey Into Night Over the course of one day in August 1912, the family of retired actor James Tyrone grapples with the morphine addiction of his wife Mary, the illness of their youngest son Edmund and the alcoholism and debauchery of their older son Jamie. As day turns into night, guilt, anger, despair, and regret threaten to destroy the family.
One of the best filmed plays in movie history
A great film adaptation
Although this film retains the feel of a stage production, this seems to heighten the tension and emphasize how amazing these performances really are.
I’ve always felt that the play is well-suited to being filmed in black and white. The lack of color seems to bring out even more of the dreary agony that the characters are going through, as well as making the fog seem even more dismal and real.
Because O’Neill’s play is apparently autobiographical, the suffering is amplified intensely. This film is a fantastic drama–but because of the length (around 3 hours) and the anguish that the characters go through, you need to be sure you’re in the right mood before you sit down to watch it.