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Marvin's Room

Theatrical poster
Directed by Jerry Zaks
Written by Scott McPherson
John Guare[1]
Starring Meryl Streep
Leonardo DiCaprio
Diane Keaton
Robert De Niro
Music by Rachel Portman
Cinematography Piotr Sobociński
Editing by Jim Clark
Distributed by Miramax Films
Release date(s) December 18, 1996
Running time 98 mins
Country  United States
Language English

Marvin's Room is a 1996 film, based on the play of the same name by Scott McPherson[2]. The play, which was directed by David Petrarca, was adapted for the screen by McPherson and directed by Jerry Zaks. Mcpherson died in 1992 of AIDS at age 33[3]

It stars Meryl Streep, Leonardo DiCaprio, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Hume Cronyn, Gwen Verdon, Hal Scardino and Dan Hedaya. Original music for the film was provided by Rachel Portman and has Carly Simon singing the theme song "Two Little Sisters" with Meryl Streep adding background vocals.



A man who had a stroke 17 years ago is left incapacitated and bed-ridden. He has been cared for by his daughter Bessie (Diane Keaton), and totally ignored by his other daughter, Lee (Meryl Streep), who moved to Ohio with her husband 20 years ago and has never contacted her family. Now, however, Bessie's doctor has informed her that she has leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant[4] and she turns to her sister for help. Lee, in turn, turns to her son Hank (Leonardo DiCaprio), who has been committed to a mental asylum for setting fire to his mother's house. When Lee finds that she may have to take over her father's care, she at first begins shopping around for nursing homes. Eventually, the sisters grow close to one another, their father Marvin, and Lee's son.[5][6]


Production Credits

  • Executive producers: Tod Scott Brody , Lori Steinberg
  • Production Designer: David Gropman
  • Casting: Ilene Starger
  • Costume Designer: Julie Weiss
  • Art Direction: Peter Rogness
  • Set Decoration: Tracey A. Doyle



Further reading

  • Marvin's Room Screen Adaptation: A Scriptwriting Handbook, by Kenneth Portnoy. Published by Focal Press, 1998. ISBN 0240803493.
  • McPherson, Scott (1992). Marvin's Room (First edition ed.). New York: Plume drama. ISBN 0452269229.  
  • Grace in Suffering: Marvin's Room Praying the Movies: Daily Meditations from Classic Films, by Edward McNulty, McNulty. Geneva Press, 2001. ISBN 0664501559.


  1. ^ Credits - Marvin's Room Turner Classic Movies.
  2. ^ Two Wrenching Dramas Find Unexpected New Lives New York Times, December 8, 1996.
  3. ^ A Door Left Ajar in 'Marvin's Room' by David Richards, Washington Post Staff Writer, January 5, 1997.
  4. ^ Review - Marvin's Room Explores the Ties That Bind by Gary Johnson,, Issue 2.
  5. ^ Overview New York Times.
  6. ^ 'Marvin's Room': No Emote Control by Desson Howe, Washington Post Staff Writer, January 10, 1997.
  7. ^ List of Awards and Nominations for Meryl Streep
  8. ^ Marvin's Room Awards Internet Movie Database

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