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Auntie Mame (1958)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  27 December 1958 (USA)
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An orphan goes to live with his free-spirited aunt. Conflict ensues when the executor of his father's estate objects to the aunt's lifestyle.

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Storyline

Mame is an unconventional individualist socialite from the roaring 20's. When her brother dies, she is forced to raise her nephew Patrick. However, Patrick's father has designated an executor to his will to protect the boy from absorbing too much of Mame's rather unconventional perspective. Patrick and Mame become devoted to each other in spite of this restriction, and together journey through Patrick's childhood and the great depression, amidst some rather zaney adventures. Written by Ross Thompson <thompson@adobe.com>

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nephew | socialite | guardian | love | orphan | See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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27 December 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die tolle Tante  »

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$2,240,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Rosalind Russell was nominated for the 1957 Tony Award (New York City) for Actress in a Drama for "Auntie Mame" and recreated her role in the film version. See more »

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(at around 9 mins) The newspaper headline is "BUSINESSMAN DROPS DEAD IN STEAM ROOM OF CHICAGO BROKERS CLUB," but the text of the accompanying article begins "In one move, the city planning board and zoning commission yesterday both tightened and loosened restrictions on subdivision plats offered for approval." See more »

Quotes

[Patrick reads a list of words he doesn't understand]
Patrick Dennis: ...Neurotic, heterosexual...
Mame Dennis: Oh, my my my my, what an eager little mind.
[takes the list]
Mame Dennis: You won't need some of these words for months and months.
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Silent Night
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Music by Franz Gruber
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I love this movie!
3 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the best films I have EVER seen, and I watch a lot of films, as I am sure most of you do. First, it is an excellent adaptation of the book. They managed to follow the story line extremely well. Yes, somethings were left out, but all and all, they did a great job. Second, Rosaline Russell rocks! It doesn't matter what character she plays, she is fantastic, but she IS Mame, nobody can do it like her. Forget about the musical version (MAME) with Lucille Ball ( who is a great actress in her own right, but certainly not in the same ballpark with Ms. Russell). Third, it is not only funny, but heartwarming. The relationship between Mame and Patrick speaks volumes about what love should be, completely accepting of who the other person is, even if you don't always agree with them or like what they do. Fantastic family film, fun for everyone.


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