The Subject Was Roses (1968)

G 10/13/1968 (US) Drama 1h 47m

The Story of Three Strangers...A Mother...A Father...And a Son


When Timmy Cleary, comes home from soldiering, he's greeted by the open but strained arms of his two parents, John and Nettie. Once considered sickly and weak, he has now distinguished himself in the service and is ready to begin a new life. His parents, however, are still trapped in the bygone days of early and unresolved marital strife and begin emotionally deteriorating through several drama packed encounters. Now mature, the young Tim Cleary finally understands the family dynamics that has played all throughout his boyhood. By the simple act of bringing his mother roses on behalf of his father, Tim realizes he may have destroyed his family, but is helpless to obtain resolution which must come from both his parents.

  1. Ulu Grosbard


  2. Frank D. Gilroy


Top Billed Cast

  1. Patricia Neal

    Patricia Neal

    Nettie Cleary

  2. Jack Albertson

    Jack Albertson

    John Cleary

  3. Martin Sheen

    Martin Sheen

    Timmy Cleary

  4. Don Saxon

    The Master of Ceremonies

  5. Elaine Williams

    The Woman in Club

  6. Grant Gordon

    Man in Restaurant (uncredited)

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The Subject Was Roses
The Subject Was Roses

Status Released

Original Language English

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