Tender Is the Night [DVD] [1961]

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Tender Is the Night
David O. Selznick had intended to film an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender is the Night as a vehicle for his wife Jennifer Jones. But financial difficulties compelled Selznick to sell the property (including Ms. Jones' services) to 20th Century-Fox. Jones stars as a wealthy but disturbed woman of the 1920s who marries her psychiatrist (Jason Robards Jr.). They live together at her Riviera estate, where the doctor's analytical skills atrophy. As Jones grows stronger, the doctor becomes totally dependent upon her emotionally and financially. The film's supporting characters are equally self-destructive, notably an alcoholic composer (Tom Ewell) and Jones' avaricious sister (Joan Fontaine). Perhaps if Selznick had produced Tender is the Night, the film wouldn't have wallowed in misery for its own sake; on the other hand, we still would have been stuck with Jennifer Jones, who is woefully miscast. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Jennifer Jones
    Jennifer Jones - Nicole Diver
  • Jason Robards, Jr.
    Jason Robards, Jr. - Dick Diver
  • Joan Fontaine
    Joan Fontaine - Baby Warren
  • Tom Ewell
    Tom Ewell - Abe North
  • Cesare Danova
    Cesare Danova - Tommy Barban
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