A Delicate Balance [DVD] [English] [1973]

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Special Features

  • An interview with Edward Albee
  • An interview with cinematographer David Watkin
  • Theatrical trailer
  • "Edward Albee and A Delicate Balance," an essay by Michael Feingold, Chief Theatre Critic, The Village Voice
  • The AFT cinebill for A Delicate Balance
  • Stills gallery
  • The American Film Theatre scrapbook
  • Enhanced for 16x9 TVs


A Delicate Balance
A Delicate Balance is the 1973 film adaptation of Edward Albee's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Katharine Hepburn and Paul Scofield play an old married couple, Agnes and Tobias, who much prefer to be alone. Each time someone visits them, their "delicate balance" is threatened. The first intruder is Agnes' inebriated sister, Claire (Kate Reid). The next is their much-divorced daughter, Julia (Lee Remick). The limit is reached when well-meaning friends Harry (Joseph Cotten) and Edna (Betsy Blair) show up unexpectedly and threaten to stay forever. In keeping with the austerity of the other American Film Theatre presentations, director Tony Richardson eschews his usual cinematographic pyrotechnics here. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Sam Waterston
    Sam Waterston
  • Katharine Hepburn
    Katharine Hepburn - Agnes
  • Paul Scofield
    Paul Scofield - Tobias
  • Lee Remick
    Lee Remick - Julia
  • Kate Reid
    Kate Reid - Claire
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