GenreDrama, Comedy ScreenplayIsobel Lennart CountryUnited States
Release dateOctober 31, 1962 (1962-10-31) Based onPeriod of Adjustment (play) WriterIsobel Lennart (screenplay), Tennessee Williams (play) CastAnthony Franciosa (Ralph Bates), Jane Fonda (Isabel Haverstick), Jim Hutton (George Haverstick), Lois Nettleton (Dorothea Bates), John McGiver (Stewart P. McGill), Mabel Albertson (Mrs. Alice McGill) Similar moviesJane Fonda and Mabel Albertson appear in Period of Adjustment and Barefoot in the Park
TaglineThe agonizing pause between the honeymoon and the marriage!
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Period of Adjustment is a 1962 American comedy-drama film directed by George Roy Hill, his first feature-length film, based on the play of the same name by Tennessee Williams.
Jane fonda in period of adjustment in the cool of the day
On Christmas Eve, two married couples are both having a period of difficulty in their relationship. Newlyweds Isabel (Jane Fonda) and George Haverstick (Jim Hutton) (who had met when she was his hospital nurse), are having a problem because George has bouts of sexual performance anxiety and has quit his job without telling her. The second couple, Ralph (Anthony Franciosa) (a former Korean War buddy of George) and Dorothea Baitz (Lois Nettleton), have their problems based on the fact that he married her only for her money—and she knows it, and he dislikes her wealthy parents. The couples individually counsel each other about their insecurities, problems, and plans, while drinking in the Tennessee home of one of them.
Anthony Franciosa as Ralph Baitz (as Tony Franciosa)
Jane Fonda as Isabel Haverstick
Jim Hutton as George Haverstick
Lois Nettleton as Dorothea Baitz
John McGiver as Stewart P. McGill
Mabel Albertson as Mrs. Alice McGill
Jack Albertson as Desk Sergeant
According to MGM records the film earned $2,750,000 in North America and $1.5 million overseas, making the studio a profit of $558,000.
The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Art Direction (George Davis, Edward Carfagno, Henry Grace, Dick Pefferle).
Jane Fonda was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for her performance.