The Winter of Our Discontent (film)

The Winter of Our Discontent is a 1983 American made-for-television drama film directed by Waris Hussein based on the novel of the same name by John Steinbeck. It stars Donald Sutherland, Teri Garr, and Tuesday Weld.

The Winter of Our Discontent
Based onThe Winter of Our Discontent
by John Steinbeck
Screenplay byMichael De Guzman
Directed byWaris Hussein
StarringDonald Sutherland
Teri Garr
Tuesday Weld
Theme music composerMark Snow
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Gary Adelson
Malcolm Stuart
Producer(s)R.W. Goodwin
Production location(s)Pacific Grove, California
Northern California
CinematographyRobbie Greenberg
Editor(s)Fred A. Chulack
Running time105 minutes
Production company(s)Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions
Lorimar Television
Original networkCBS
Picture formatColor (Metrocolor)
Audio formatMono
Original release
  • December 6, 1983 (1983-12-06) (United States)


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 into 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 consideration of a bank robbery scheme.



Tuesday Weld received an Emmy Award nomination for playing as Margie Young-Hunt.

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