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The Glass House (1972) (TV)

Director:
Tom Gries
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Drama/Thriller
NORWEGIAN TITLE
-
RUNNING TIME
120 minutes
Producer:
Robert W. Christiansen
Rick Rosenberg
Screenwriter:
Truman Capote
Wyatt Cooper
Tracy Keenan Wynn


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Hugo Slocum Vic Morrow
Brian Courtland Clu Gulager
Lennox Beach Billy Dee Williams
Allan Campbell Kristoffer Tabori
Warden Auerbach Dean Jagger
Jonathan Paige Alan Alda

 

Review

This produced-for-tv movie would have fared well with a cinematic release had it been given one, because it's a powerful, timelessly relevant and very well acted film. Bearing in mind the limited resources with which it was made, the production suffers more from aging than its contemporary counterparts. But focusing on the acting and thematic value, The Glass House is impressively effective after more than 30 years. The tension between the characters and ambience of the prison have an eerie autenticity to them. The direction, by Tom Gries, is dark, brooding and pessimistic, but also very fortifying. And the acting is top-notch, particularly from Morrow, Tabori and Alda. The latter can hardly be said to be the greatest chameleon of actors, but in this film you see what a great leading talent he was in his early days - he's oozing of a balanced combination of subdued aggression and fear.

Copyright 1.12.2006 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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