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The Whales of August (16-Oct-1987)

Director: Lindsay Anderson

Writer: David Berry

From a play: The Whales of August by David Berry

Music by: Alan Price

Producers: Carolyn Pfeiffer; Mike Kaplan

Keywords: Drama

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Harry Carey, Jr.
16-May-1921 27-Dec-2012 The Whales of August
Bette Davis
5-Apr-1908 6-Oct-1989 All About Eve
Lillian Gish
14-Oct-1893 27-Feb-1993 Silent film actress, director
Margaret Ladd
8-Nov-1942   Emma Channing on Falcon Crest
Vincent Price
27-May-1911 25-Oct-1993 Master of the macabre
Ann Sothern
22-Jan-1909 15-Mar-2001 Private Secretary
Mary Steenburgen
8-Feb-1953   Goin' South


Bette Davis   ...   Libby Strong
Lillian Gish   ...   Sarah Webber
Vincent Price   ...   Mr. Maranov
Ann Sothern   ...   Tisha Doughty
Harry Carey, Jr.   ...   Joshua Brackett
Frank Grimes   ...   Mr. Beckwith
Margaret Ladd   ...   Young Libby
Tisha Sterling   ...   Young Tisha
Mary Steenburgen   ...   Young Sarah
Frank Pitkin   ...   Old Randall
Mike Bush   ...   Young Randall


Review by M. Ferguson (posted on 27-Jul-2010)

Filmed on location on an island in Maine, this movie is evocative and achieves transporting its viewers into the lives of its characters. From the clanging of an off-shore buoy to the sloshing of waves to the wafting of a breeze in bushes, the movie was filmed with no little artistry and sensitivity. Gish, Davis, Price and Sothern all make one feel that they themselves are facing the very issues of aging, loss and regret their characters are feeling. Each actor imbues their role with an extra dose of behind-the-facade realism. "The Whales of August" is beautifully rendered but drives home the theme of life's brevity. The obvious affecionados of this movie will be those who have lived much of life, and can relate closely with the collection of elder characters. There is, however, much for younger viewers to appreciate. Those at the beginning of life can learn that a life lived with generosity, compassion, and a sense of humor will be a life not regretted.

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