It happened in 1983. It was a rare and remarkable theatrical experience. Controversial. Provocative. And shocking. Now, two Academy Award-winning actresses make the Pulitzer Prize-winning play the motion picture event of the year. What would you do if someone you loved sat down with you one night and calmly told you that they were going to end their life before morning?

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  1. Marsha Norman

    Screenplay, Writer

  2. Tom Moore


Top Billed Cast

  1. Sissy Spacek

    Sissy Spacek

    Jessie Cates

  2. Anne Bancroft

    Anne Bancroft

    Thelma Cates

  3. EB

    Ed Berke

    Dawson Cates

  4. CR

    Carol Robbins

    Loretta Cates

  5. JR

    Jennifer Roosendahl

    Melodie Cates

  6. Michael Kenworthy

    Michael Kenworthy

    Kenny Cates

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 36m

Budget -

Revenue $442,000.00

Homepage -

Release Information

  • September 12, 1986



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