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  • Actors: John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, Dandy Nichols, Mona Washbourne, Warren Clarke
  • Directors: Lindsay Anderson
  • Writers: David Storey
  • Producers: Jac Venza
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kultur Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 30, 2002
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006G8HL
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,743 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Home (Broadway Theatre Archive)" on IMDb

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In a classic pairing of two of the world's greatest actors. John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson, this play follows the interaction of five patients at an English mental hospital.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 5, 2005
Format: DVD
Winner of the New York Critics Best Play of the Year Award in 1970, this hilariously funny but ineffably sad, five-character play by David Storey, directed by Lindsay Anderson, pairs Sir Ralph Richardson and Sir John Gielgud as two proud men who meet and talk in the garden of what appears to be some sort of assisted living facility. Well-spoken Jack (Richardson) and Harry (Gielgud), dressed in jackets and ties and carrying a cane and gloves, are clearly men of some status as they meet and make small talk--about the news, the clouds, varieties of chrysanthemums, whether Vale Evesham in England is the Garden of Eden, and the fact that their wives are not going to be visiting that day.

When they go off for a walk, two raucous and uninhibited women (brilliantly played by Mona Washbourne and Dandy Nichols) take their places in the garden, completely changing the mood. Kathleen (Washbourne) and Marjorie (Nichols) are obviously from a different background, with different accents, casual attitudes towards clothing and hygiene, bawdy humor, and a willingness to say absolutely anything. The fact that the women joke about having had shoelaces and belts removed and to being admitted involuntarily, one for the second time, ironically change our view of Jack and Harry, who they really are, and why they may be there.

When the men and the women all meet in the garden after lunch, their need to communicate, when they have so little in common, is touching. The men stay true to their class and upbringing and the women true to their own backgrounds, but all get teary at various times, and as they try to help each other, despite the fact their paths would never have crossed in "real" life, their universal need for companionship and understanding is highlighted.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 2, 2006
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"Clouds," says Harry. "Watch their different shapes. See how they drift apart? First sight, nothing. Then just watch the edges. See?" "Amazing," says Jack.

This play by David Storey, preserved on tape and DVD by Broadway Theatre Archive, is one of those things where meaning slips in almost unnoticed between the words. Literal viewers will probably find themselves adrift amidst pauses, fragments of dialogue and inconsequential small talk that appears to go nowhere. Stay with it and you'll enter a world where reality shifts bit by bit, where the tail end of life can seem as hopeless as it seems, in a poignant way, funny and sad, where parallels to Britain's national condition come into focus. More than anything else, you'll find yourself witnessing two star acting turns by Ralph Richardson, then 70, and John Gielgud, then 68.

We meet Harry (Gielgud) and Jack (Richardson) on the grounds of what seems to be a home for the elderly. They are two aging men, carefully dressed, discrete and polite, considerate and...a bit off. Gradually we realize the home for the elderly must be a home for those with mental problems, where treacle pud and making baskets in "remedial" are topics of conversation. They and we encounter Kathleen (Mona Washbourne) and her friend Marjorie (Dandy Nichols), two women from an entirely different class, who have their own stories which are as shifting as Jack's and Harry's. Jack and Harry talk to each other. Kathleen and Marjorie talk to each other. The four talk amongst themselves. Eventually Harry and Jack walk off together. Then Kathleen and Marjorie leave. We realize the next day will be much the same as this day...and this day turned out to be a bit sadder and braver than we expected.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Avery Gordon on August 24, 2012
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There are two plays in which Sir John Gielgud and Sir Ralph Richardson performed together, and it's fortunate that for us both were recorded, though this is the only one available legally. It is the first of the two. You will not know the meaning of the play's title till almost the end of the play, and the actors' being the embodiment of a culture that had disappeared makes this all the more poignant. All performances in this play are stellar, and the author tells us that it was only after he started working with the 4-person cast that he knew what the play was about, and where it was taking place. Anyone, ANYONE who is a fan of terrific stage acting MUST see these two luminaries together!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 23, 2010
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Very simple filming of the stage play. Two amazing performances by John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson, and a strong mix of
humor, surrealism and sadness. Fascinating how basic Lindsay Anderson keeps his staging and filming, when his regular feature
films are so visually florid.

5 characters in a home for the mentally unstable try to hold onto their dignity and their identity. Not all that much happens, but I was always fascinated.

Didn't hold up quite as well on 2nd viewing, though the performances were still terrific, and the ending quite moving.
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