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The Shadow Box (1980)

Three terminally-ill cancer patients dwell in separate cottages on a hospital's grounds, where they are attended and visited by both family and close friends.

Director:

Paul Newman

Writers:

Michael Cristofer (play), Michael Cristofer (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Joanne Woodward ... Beverly
Christopher Plummer ... Brian
Valerie Harper ... Maggie
James Broderick ... Joe
Sylvia Sidney ... Felicity
Melinda Dillon ... Agnes
Ben Masters ... Mark
John Considine ... Interviewer
Curtiss Marlowe Curtiss Marlowe ... Steve
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Three terminally-ill cancer patients dwell in separate cottages on a hospital's grounds, where they are attended and visited by both family and close friends.

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 December 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Caixa de Surpresas See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The play "The Shadow Box" won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1977. See more »

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Featured in The 33rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1981) See more »

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A staged play
28 June 2001 | by PeterJacksonSee all my reviews

THE SHADOW BOX is a film with some very good actors (Plummer, Woodward)and directed by Paul Newman, about three terminally ill patients who spend their last days in an experimental retreat. Sounds corny? Well, it's not corny, but the biggest problem is that it's all too obvious that this is derived from a play. The actors do their best, but...well, they're just acting and not creating real-life characters. Paul Newman is a very good actor (understatement!), and I think he should stick to that. His direction is very sober, almost clinical and we don't get to care about these characters. And that's a real pity, given the premise. 6/10


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