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The Subject Was Roses Details

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Frank D. Gilroy's Pulitzer-winning "kitchen sink" theatrical piece The Subject Was Roses was given a no-frills film transference in 1968. Martin Sheen and Jack Albertson re-create their stage roles as a returning serviceman and his alcoholic father. Patricia Neal takes over from the play's Irene Dailey as Nettie Cleary, Timmy's (Sheen) overly protective mother, long at odds with husband John (Albertson) over his drinking. Mother and Father try to put on a facade of happiness for the benefit of their son, but soon the three of them are squabbling again, just as if the boy had never been away. With the exception of adding a few extraneous characters, the film version of The Subject Was Roses is essentially the same as its 1964 Broadway counterpart. The film helped establish the career of Martin Sheen, launched a whole new dramatic career for Jack Albertson, and represented a triumphant comeback for Patricia Neal, who'd recently recovered from a debilitating stroke. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:October 13, 1968

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jack Albertson Best Supporting Actor 1968 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Martin Sheen Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1968 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Patricia Neal Best Actress 1968 Nominee

Cast

Patricia Neal
as Nettie Cleary
Jack Albertson
as John Cleary
Martin Sheen
as Timmy Cleary
Don Saxon
as Nightclub Master of Ceremonies
Grant Gordon
as Man in Restaurant

Crew

Ulu Grosbard
Director
Edgar Lansbury
Producer
Frank D. Gilroy
Screenwriter
Jack Priestley
Cinematographer
Lee Pockriss
Composer (Music Score)
Lee Pockriss
Musical Direction/Supervision
Sandy Denny
Songwriter
Judy Collins
Songwriter
Jerry Greenberg
Editor
Mike Maggi
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