A Delicate Balance was Edward Albee's first Pulitzer Prize winning play, and in it he re-examines the waspish, middle class America which he explored to such caustic effect in his classic, "Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?". Katharine Hepburn and Paul Scofield excel as Agnes and Tobias, a middle-aged couple at the centre of this fragile tale of familial breakdown. When best friends Harry and Edna (Joseph Cotton and Betsy Blair) arrive seeking refuge from an unknown terror, the peaceful equilibrium is shattered. Added to the mix is the return home of Agnes and Tobias' daughter Julia (Lee Remick), running from the collapse of her fourth marriage, and Claire (Kate Reid), Agnes' ever-present alcoholic sister.
This is quite simply a stage play filmed, with no real cognizance of the art of film, all it lacks is a final curtain call. It does, however, make intriguing and very watchable cinema. Albee writes some great dialogue.
Katherine Hepburn plays Katherine Hepburn and does it to perfection. Paul Scofield simmers throughout and just saves his final boil from melodrama. Kate Reid is wonderful as the alcoholic Claire, too much make-up and too much to drink, she tells the truth.
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