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A Day in the Death of Joe Egg [DVD] [1972]


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  • Actors: Alan Bates, Janet Suzman, Peter Bowles, Sheila Gish, Joan Hickson
  • Directors: Peter Medak
  • Writers: Peter Nichols
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Sept. 2011
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002X7ND0C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,948 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Based on the successful play by writer Peter Nichols (Georgy Girl, The National Health), the focus of this dark comedy-drama is the struggle of a British couple to cope with the day-to-day strain of caring for their ten-year-old disabled daughter, Jo. Critically acclaimed actor Alan Bates is tremendous as the father, who recounts the outlines of the couple’s life before and since Jo’s birth and diagnosis with cerebral palsy in comic asides, which lighten, but never diminish, the delicate handling of this difficult subject matter. As they confront the collapse of their marriage, the couple debates the alternatives for their daughter. Directed by Peter Medak, and starring a small but exceptional cast including Janet Suzman, Joan Hickson and Peter Bowles.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kindlelover on 25 July 2013
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I watched this movie many years ago and was fascinated with it then. Recently I decided to re-watch it so purchased a copy. I want to point out that this is very much a film of the 1970's which is a trip down memory lane for me! However others may find the style old fashioned. Some of the dialogues between husband and wife played by Alan Bates and Janet Suzman seem a little laboured but I believe are included to lighten the dark mood of the film. The subject is fascinating. This couple who seem to be in love have a daughter who is severely disabled by cerebral palsy. Their lives are turned upside down by their child's condition. The film explores the difficulty of day to day challenges with the input (not always useful) of in-laws and friends. The parents themselves have different views on the care of Joe which puts immense strain on their relationship. The climax of the film shows how differently they view their daughter in a dramatic way. I do not want to create a "spoiler" here so will not go into any details other than to say it is shocking. In spite of this it appears in the story line that it may be possible to overcome the dreadful situation that has been created. The final scene is realistic though, not the result I had hoped for, but the most likely result considering all they have endured.

I feel that this film is well worth watching - it concerns a serious subject - it has dark moods lightened with the couple's own humour.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 5 July 2013
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Worth watching if you're thinking of starting a family.
If it makes you want to stick a gun in your mouth, then put the pecker away.
The situation described in this play is real, millions of couples have to deal with it, but thankfully it's only a small percentage.
The play itself is pretty good with a few twists and a fair amount of humour, but the elephant in the room is the concept itself. If an egg can be an elephant, then that's what we've got here.
I empathised and found it empowering but some may find it difficult.
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This totally amazing film, alternating between humour and tragedy, has Alan Bates and Janet Suzman as parents ofa child with celebral palsey, and how they deal with it. They have imaginary conversations with the child and weave fantasies around her. But Bates is having difficulty in keeping it up, which leads to tragedy side of the story. Joan Hickson plays Bates's dotty mum, and very good she is too, and when required was extremely moving later in the story. The film also featured two other performances worth mentioning. Peter Bowles plays a well meaning friend of Bates, and Sheila Gish his wife who cannot bring herself to see the handicapped child, but is changed once forced to. Extraordinary performances make this film a movie well worth watching.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Terry Brown on 2 Jan. 2010
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The reason I bought this DVD is because I was at the front in the classroom scenes filmed at Lavender Hill Girls School in London. The film tackles what must be a heartbreaking subject head-on and does leave me 'feeling' for both child & parents of all disabled children. So, I suppose in that sense, the film has done its work and is worth owning. Would I have bought it had I not been in it..? Probably yes, because it is a strong story and a 'reality check' for those more fortunate.

As an aside, one of the highlights for me was how pleasant Alan Bates was; we spent about 15 mins talking about the film, how he became an actor and his white Mustang.
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