I first saw this perhaps 25 years ago, and my recollection was of a powerful and at times shocking film. All these years later, and bearing in mind the film was made 40 years ago, it still shocks. Most remarkable is Jane Fonda's performance. Made at her commercial and critical peak, it's a very challenging role that she inhabits convincingly. It's no surprise that she received an Oscar for her performance, and I suspect she would do so today. It's quite an astonishing performance, particularly at the climax of the film. The direction, constantly focussing on the actors faces, leaves no room for margin and exposes all the emotions. All other aspects of the film are exceptional; the direction, the story, all the lead performances, and the many pschological layers on which the film operates. Anyone who enjoys quality films should see this at least once.