The Winter of Our Discontent (film)

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The Winter of Our Discontent
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Based on The Winter of Our Discontent
by John Steinbeck
Written byMichael De Guzman
Directed by Waris Hussein
Composer Mark Snow
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producers
Producer R. W. Goodwin
Cinematography Robbie Greenberg
EditorFred A. Chulack
Running time105 minutes
Production companies
Original network CBS
Original release
  • December 6, 1983 (1983-12-06)

The Winter of Our Discontent is a 1983 American drama television film directed by Waris Hussein, based on the 1961 novel of the same name by John Steinbeck. The film stars Donald Sutherland, Teri Garr, and Tuesday Weld. It earned Weld a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for her role.



The story is about a Long Islander named Ethan Allen Hawley (played by Donald Sutherland) who works as a clerk in a grocery store he used to own, but which is now owned by an Italian immigrant (played by Michael V. Gazzo). His wife (Teri Garr) and kids want more than what he can give them because of his lowly position.

He finds out that the immigrant that owns his store is an illegal alien, turns him in to the Immigration and Naturalization Service, and receives the store by deceiving the immigrant. Ethan continues to have feelings of depression and anxiety brought about by his uneasy relationship with his wife and kids, risky flirtation with Margie Young-Hunt (Tuesday Weld), and a plan to sell his property and a house of a close friend to a banker who wants to build a shopping mall.


Awards and nominations

1984 36th Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Special Tuesday Weld Nominated

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