Marvin's Room

Marvin's Room

Jerry Zaks (1996)

12 Certificate


Our Score
Based on the play by Scott McPherson, who adapted his work for the screen before dying of an Aids-related illness, this never quite escapes its theatrical roots. Nevertheless, the character-driven tale benefits from a clutch of restrained and impressive performances. Diane Keaton plays a carer who has been looking after her bedridden father for years, but who is forced to ask her estranged sister, Meryl Streep, for help after she is told she has leukaemia. To complicate family relations further, Streep arrives with her two sons - Hal Scardino and Leonardo DiCaprio - and a stubbornness that makes you realise why the sisters have stayed apart for so long. Keaton was nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of the proud spinster battling a debilitating disease, but kudos should go to the entire cast, especially Hume Cronyn as the grumpy dad and Gwen Verdon as an eccentric aunt whom Keaton also looks after.


A single mother learns her estranged sister is gravely ill with leukaemia, and takes her two troublesome sons to visit her, in the hope that one of them will prove compatible as a bone-marrow donor. Drama, based on the play by Scott McPherson, starring Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and Hume Cronyn.

Cast & Crew

Lee Meryl Streep
Hank Leonardo DiCaprio
Bessie Diane Keaton
Dr Wally Robert De Niro
Marvin Hume Cronyn
Ruth Gwen Verdon
Charlie Hal Scardino
Bob Dan Hedaya
Director Jerry Zaks
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains swearing.Available on: video and DVD