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      The Whales of August

      Released Oct 16, 1987 1h 30m Drama List
      64% Tomatometer 11 Reviews 67% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings Two elderly sisters, Libby Strong (Bette Davis) and Sarah Webber (Lillian Gish), travel to their summer house in Maine. The pair couldn't be less similar: Libby is blind, cynical and mean-spirited; Sarah is sunny, optimistic and healthy. Yet their shared memories and hardships -- especially the deaths of their husbands -- help bind the two together. Still, the entrance of a local fisherman (Vincent Price) into Sarah's life threatens to reopen old wounds. Read More Read Less Watch on Prime Video Stream Now

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      Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times Here is a quiet film of a conventional story, a star vehicle designed to show everyone to advantage. Rated: 3/4 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Nicholas Bell IONCINEMA.com Gish rules the day as the more empathetic sister, but Anderson brings them to a masterful finale. Rated: 3.5/5 Aug 26, 2020 Full Review Mattie Lucas From the Front Row A quiet, unassuming masterpiece that deserves to be cherished, Rated: 4/4 Jun 4, 2019 Full Review Hilary Mantel The Spectator This is not acting, but simply ex- isting in front of a camera. Sep 5, 2018 Full Review Robert Roten Laramie Movie Scope This is not my cup of tea, but it is a fascinating last picture show for a likeable legendary acting troupe. Rated: C Oct 30, 2008 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Jul 17, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Alec B Yeah its great to see the cast of legends they assembled for this movie but those actors should have been given a better screenplay. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/10/24 Full Review Matthew R A very touching film. Great cast and performances. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/14/23 Full Review dave s Known for his social critiques via cutting satire (O Lucky Man!, If…, Britannia Hospital), The Whales of August is a departure for esteemed British director Lindsay Anderson. Set in a summer home on the coast of Maine, two sisters (Bette Davis, Lillian Gish), wildly different in personality, come to terms with the fact that their lives will soon be over. Also featuring Vincent Price and Ann Sothern, it is interesting to watch from the perspective of seeing four actors in the twilight years of their impressive careers but, sadly, it really isn't all that good of a movie. While it looks nice thanks to Anderson's disciplined direction and some fine cinematography, the script is sure to induce some serious wincing and the performances are less than stellar. It's worth watching as a curiosity item, but doesn't offer much more than that. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review reginaldo h É uma tocante reflexão sobre o tempo. A comovente atuação de titãs da velha Hollywood é certamente o principal atrativo desse filme singelo e cativante. O canto de cisne da lenda Bette Davis 👑🎬✨ Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review georgan g A little slow at the beginning, but extremely well acted and very touching. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Yeah its great to see the cast of legends they assembled for this movie but those actors should have been given a better screenplay. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Movie Info

      Synopsis Two elderly sisters, Libby Strong (Bette Davis) and Sarah Webber (Lillian Gish), travel to their summer house in Maine. The pair couldn't be less similar: Libby is blind, cynical and mean-spirited; Sarah is sunny, optimistic and healthy. Yet their shared memories and hardships -- especially the deaths of their husbands -- help bind the two together. Still, the entrance of a local fisherman (Vincent Price) into Sarah's life threatens to reopen old wounds.
      Director
      Lindsay Anderson
      Producer
      Mike Kaplan, Carolyn Pfeiffer
      Screenwriter
      David Berry
      Distributor
      Alive Films
      Production Co
      Nelson Entertainment
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 16, 1987, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 19, 2017
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $127.3K
      Runtime
      1h 30m
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