Wilson adapted the play for a television drama of the same name. The telefim was broadcast in February 1988 as part of American Playhouse. Directed by Jan Egleson, the film starred Kevin Bacon as Alan, with Tom Atkins as the father Doug and Lindsay Crouse as Doug's second wife. Kyra Sedgwick, who met future husband Bacon during rehearsals, played Carol, a teenage boarder--"pill-popping, promiscuous... who seems to spend most of her time with the U.S. Navy." John J. O'Connor, in his review for The New York Times wrote that the film version is "terrific" and praised the "uncommonly fine performances". Casey Affleck made his screen debut as Alan's stepbrother Jerry.
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