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The Winter of Our Discontent (film)

The Winter of Our Discontent
Genre Drama
Based on The Winter of Our Discontent 
by John Steinbeck
Screenplay by Michael De Guzman
Directed by Waris Hussein
Starring Donald Sutherland
Teri Garr
Tuesday Weld
Theme music composer Mark Snow
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) R.W. Goodwin
Editor(s) Fred A. Chulack
Cinematography Robbie Greenberg
Running time 105 minutes
Production company(s) Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions
Lorimar Television
Distributor CBS
Original channel CBS
Original release
  • December 6, 1983 (1983-12-06) (United States)

The Winter of Our Discontent is a 1983 made-for-TV movie directed by Waris Hussein based on the novel of the same name by John Steinbeck.


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.


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