The Joan Allen Review
A most intriguing allegorical film about conformity, art, etc. and Joan Allen is one of the core players whose transformation moves the film. She is so perfect as both the sitcom mom of the ’50s and the “liberated” woman determined to meet her potential. The character also reflects the real Joan in that she grew up in a conservative, small town in Illinois and was liberated by the theatre, where, being shy, she felt she could express herself – particularly with the Steppenwolf Theatre.
GREAT PERFORMANCES YOU MAY NOT HAVE SEEN:
- NIXON (Pat Nixon, in an Oscar-nominated role)
- THE CRUCIBLE (Oscar-nominated performance as the wife of Daniel Day-Lewis)
- THE UPSIDE OF ANGER (scrapping with Kevin Costner)
- THE CONTENDER (potential VP, sticking to her guns, scrapping with Gary Oldman)
- PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED (high-school friend of Kathleen Turner)
- OFF THE MAP (dropping out of society with Sam Elliott)
- THE ICE STORM (wife of Kevin Kline)
- BOURNE ULTIMATUM
- BOURNE SUPREMACY
- QUIET SUPPORTIVE JOAN:
- TUCKER: THE MAN AND HIS DREAM
- SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISCHER
- TOUGH, DETERMINED JOAN:
- THE NOTEBOOK
- THE CONTENDER
- THE BOURNE SUPREMACY
- THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM
- THE UPSIDE OF ANGER
- THE CRUCIBLE
- THOUGH THE SKY FALLS
Just as she uncannily channelled the First Lady Pat in the film “Nixon,” Joan Allen can completely disappear in a role. Though she started off with more than her share of wife and mom roles, her classic looks and ability have moved her into self-actualized women such as the CIA tough chief in two of the “Bourne” series.
BITS AND QUIRKS:
> Trying to explain to William H. Macy how things have changed
> Heart to heart with Tobey Maguire
> In both movies, where Joan is talking to Matt Damon on the phone and he is watching her.
> Arguing with Brian Cox about Threadstone
> Opening scene of her operation going bad<
> Explaining her position to Jeff Bridges as President
> Explaining her position to her husband, Dick Nixon, running for President
Peter Friedman and Joan Allen were married in January 1990. They have one child together. Peter Friedman has been in PAYCHECK and SINGLE WHITE FEMALE.
Her Broadway debut, BURN THIS, earned Joan Allen a Tony, in 1989, for her performance.
In 2005, Joan Allen took on a new role, She became the producer for the movie PUSHERS NEEDED, in this movie she will also have an acting role.