All things considered, this is a fairly good adaptation of an impossible play to adapt. Dylan Thomas wrote it as a "play for voices" for the BBC. It was later done on the stage, and then this film was made mainly because Burton, Taylor, and O'Toole (a former classmate of the
screenwriter-director) agreed to work for little money and large points in the profits. (There were none.) Burton is a voice-over and occasional on-screen character who keeps matters moving in the episodic tale of a day or so in the lives of the people in the town of Llareggub, a Welsh village by
the sea. It's night, and blind O'Toole (with the help of heavy makeup and trick contact lenses) is ...