And it is all to Gazzo's brimful credit that the characters remain believable and sympathetic. Certain choice themes from Death of a Salesman and The Rack echo throughout with rueful opportunism, only to join a mainstream of equally familiar basic preoccupations. But Polo no longer has the money.

One of these "serious," "provocative" movies of the mid century that helped tear down the Production Code -- in this case, the prohibition against portraying drug addiction; it's one of the better examples of the genre, benefiting considerably from a powerhouse cast, with Nolan in particular giving one of his finest turns, as a thoroughly repellent father. First film I ever watched in a movie theatre back in 1989. You're almost there!



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His simple, devoted brother has alienated their adventurous father by giving his money in secret to the victim. More details at All rights reserved. - Johnny do you want to run away from here?-…. TCM Summer Under The Stars 2020Eva Marie Saint, A Korean War veteran's morphine addiction wreaks havoc upon his family. Saint and Nolan especially surprised me most with line readings and mood. There is the maligned son and the celebrated son, the latter with a secret drug habit spiraling out of control.

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A Hatful of Rain. And as much as the movie makes great use of location shooting on the Lower East Side, it ends up clashing with the story's stage roots, very much in evidence. A Hatful of Rain (57): For a late-50s adaptation of a play about heroin addiction director Zinnemann finds notes of restrained pathos and anxiety particularly amongst his quartet of main actors. Newcomer in secondary, less showy role gets in over Murray with the scenery chewing main part.

However, this is not a purely social call, as he is inquiring about the $2,500 that his other son Polo(Anthony Franciosa), a bouncer, promised him that he needs for a nightclub he is planning on opening back in Florida.

The fine acting (especially by Oscar-nominated Anthony Franciosa) helps overcome the general predictability of the story. Please enter your email address and we will email you a new password. and oh wow look here we are. Instead there are tons of daddy issues...which are Polo's. Don’t worry, it won’t take long. Based on the play by Michael V. Gazzo, this screen drama focuses on Johnny Pope (Don Murray), a Korean War vet with a severe morphine habit.

Synopsis. Don't understand why there isn't more love for this. At the same time, "A Hatful of Rain" suffers from a clear lack of focus. Based on the stage play by Michael V. Gazzo, this noir-stained drama provides a searing look at the emotional carnage of a drug addicted ex-G.I. As we suffer through a political campaign in which demagogic politicians wax nostalgicabout the “family values” of decades past, it is particularly timely to revive a play that shows how much deceit, miscommunication and emotional abuse went on within the American family, even during the idealized 1950s.

Coming Soon. Stockbridge, MA. An intense and harrowing portrayal about heroin addiction that is hampered by the weak acting of Don Murray as the drug addict.

Instead there are tons of daddy issues...which are Polo's. This one builds on The Man With the Golden Arm by featuring one of the earlier depictions of familial drug addiction. Still more problematic is Carrie Dolce as Celia. The Littlest Revue May 22, 1956 Jun 17, 1956 . We won’t be able to verify your ticket today, but it’s great to know for the future. By creating an account, you agree to the Privacy Policy

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"A Hatful of Rain" starts with John Pope(Lloyd Nolan) paying a visit to his son Johnny(Don Murray) and pregnant daughter-in-law Celia(Eva Marie Saint) in New York City.

He has a good instinctive feel for the workings of what today’s psychologists call “family systems.” When one relationship in this household changes, all the others are profoundly affected. And it is all to Gazzo's brimful credit that the characters remain believable and sympathetic.

Don Murray, Anthony Franciosa and Eva Marie Saint star in this unremarkable but mostly well acted drama about a military veteran addicted to heroin. Sometimes at night, when you're asleep, I go around walking the streets, just like I was looking for something, when all along I know that everything I'm looking for is sleeping right here.

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every little look Polo made I just wanted to hold him holy shit, I won't go into more detail but here are some quotes that break my heart. She can take an emotion-charged line such as, “Last night, I almost threw myself into your brother’s arms” and read it as if she were asking Johnny whether he wanted fries with his burger.

A Hatful of Rain.

March 31, 2020 "You know, if you dropped dead right now I think I'd laugh". Don't have an account? Just below that it reads "Ticket Confirmation#:" followed by a 10-digit number. |, June 3, 2012 Nardini’s Polo is supremely compassionate–it’s easy to believe that he’d give Johnny the money to support his habit in a misguided gesture of love–but the actor also brings an appropriate measure of desperation to the character.

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See the article in its original context from July 18, 1957, Page 0 Buy Reprints. And as much as the movie makes great use of location shooting on the Lower East Side, it ends up clashing with the story's stage roots, very much in evidence. With its well-written characters who are forced to face their demons, “A Hatful of Rain” is a feast for actors, but too many members of the Gnu cast only nibble at its edges.


Based on the hit Broadway play the film is full of stagy confrontations along with a number of effective scenes on location in New York which opens up the action - cinemascope adds to the grandeur of the situation with…. A Hatful of Rain. and the Terms and Policies, Just confirm how you got your ticket. A Hatful of Rain (57): For a late-50s adaptation of a play about heroin addiction director Zinnemann finds notes of restrained pathos and anxiety particularly amongst his quartet of main actors. There are no approved quotes yet for this movie. A Hatful of Rain.