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This adaptation of Hugh Leonard's autobiographical play and book, Home before Night about an Irish-American playwright's journey of self-discovery from New York to his father's funeral in the Old Sod casts a beguiling spell, thanks to the playful richness of its language and the finely knit acting of Martin Sheen, Barnard Hughes and their supporting cast.

With:
Barnard Hughes Martin Sheen William Hickey Karl Hayden Doreen Hepburn Hugh O'Connor

This adaptation of Hugh Leonard’s autobiographical play and book, Home before Night about an Irish-American playwright’s journey of self-discovery from New York to his father’s funeral in the Old Sod casts a beguiling spell, thanks to the playful richness of its language and the finely knit acting of Martin Sheen, Barnard Hughes and their supporting cast.

The linchpin of the affecting story is provided by Leonard’s dramaturgic sleight of hand in presenting Charlie’s (Sheen) dead father, Da (Hughes), and mother (Doreen Hepburn) as living, breathing temporal characters animated by the successful playwright’s grief-catalyzed imagination.

Sheen’s performance is distinguished by its subtlety, as he’s swept up in the conflicting emotions that attend his wry encounters with his stubborn adolescent self (very capably rendered by Karl Hayden), his domineering mother and, most indelibly, the hard-headed, lyrically aphoristic gardener whose failings as an adoptive father the mature playwright must reconcile with his own hard-earned knowledge of human fallibility.

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Production: Dallas. Director Matt Clark; Producer Julie Corman; Screenplay Hugh Leonard; Camera Alar Kivilo; Editor Nancy Nuttal Beyda; Music Elmer Bernstein; Art Director Frank Hallinan-Flood

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1988. Running time: 102 MIN.

With: Barnard Hughes Martin Sheen William Hickey Karl Hayden Doreen Hepburn Hugh O'Connor

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