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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.

Period of Adjustment
Theatrical film poster
Directed byGeorge Roy Hill
Produced byLawrence Weingarten
Written byTennessee Williams (play)
Screenplay byIsobel Lennart
Based onPeriod of Adjustment (play)
StarringAnthony Franciosa
Jane Fonda
Jim Hutton
Lois Nettleton
John McGiver
Music byLyn Murray
CinematographyPaul Vogel
Edited byFredric Steinkamp
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • October 31, 1962 (1962-10-31)
Running time
112 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$1.9 million[1]
Box office$4 million[1]


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.[2] The couples individually counsel each other about their insecurities, problems, and plans, while drinking in the Tennessee home of one of them.



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.[1]



  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. ^ "Period of Adjustment (1962) - George Roy Hill - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie". Retrieved February 20, 2017.
  3. ^ "NY Times: Period of Adjustment". NY Times. Retrieved December 24, 2008.

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