American Playhouse (1981– )
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A videotaped stage performance of Sam Shepard's play

Director:

Allan A. Goldstein

Writer:

Sam Shepard
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
John Malkovich ... Lee
Sam Schacht Sam Schacht ... Saul
Gary Sinise ... Austin
Margaret Thomson Margaret Thomson ... Mom
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Storyline

Austin, a Hollywood screenwriter living comfortably in suburban Arizona, is interrupted by the unexpected arrival of his prodigal brother Lee, whose menacing demeanor and pugilistic attitude draws Austin further and further into conflict until he must finally engage his brother in an intense psychological battle for his ideals, and perhaps even his life. Written by Maria Nicholas <mnich@freeside.scsd.k12.ny.us>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1984 (USA) See more »

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The Off-Broadway premiere of this play took place in December 1980, and featured Tommy Lee Jones and Peter Boyle as Austin and Lee. In 1982 it was staged by the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, with Gary Sinise and John Malkovich in the roles. This production transferred to Off-Broadway and played for almost two years. Sinise and Malkovich repeated their performances for this TV adaptation. See more »

Quotes

Lee: Do you think... there is enough... Goddamn gas... in your car?
Austin: Sure!
[He falls backward into the sink]
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Referenced in Adaptation. (2002) See more »

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Great all around
2 February 2000 | by askew330See all my reviews

I remember when our English teacher made us watch this and I wasn't sure what to expect. He warned us that it was theater of the absurd. I loved it. Gary Sinise and John Malkovich are really good in this. It is extremely funny and smartly directed by Sinise. Malkovich though standouts and he plays Lee with command. They are both in top form.


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