Sweet Bird of Youth Newman returned to the Broadway stage in 1959 to play the charming hustler Chance Wayne in Tennessee Williams drama. Three years later, Newman and his stage costar, Geraldine Page (who received a Tony and an Oscar nomination for her performance as aging actress Alexandra Del Lago) starred in this diluted but well-crafted adaptation penned and directed by Richard Brooks. Wayne brings Del Lago to his Southern home town in hopes that she will get him a job in the movies. But he also hopes to rekindle passions with his old girlfriend (Shirley Knight), whose ruthless father, Boss Finley (Oscar winner Ed Begley), ran him out of town. In the play, Wayne is castrated by Finleys henchmen. But in the movie, he is beaten up but doesnt lose any of his major organs.
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