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The Whisperers (1967)

The title refers to the creatures a very poor addled old lady (Dame Edith Evans) imagines in her paranoid fantasies. They lurk behind every drip, drip, drip of a leaky faucet. They listen ... See full summary »

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Nanette Newman ...
The Girl Upstairs
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The Man Upstairs
Jack Austin ...
Police Sergeant
Gerald Sim ...
Mr. Conrad
Lionel Gamlin ...
Mr. Conrad's Colleague
Glen Farmer ...
1st Redeemer
Oliver MacGreevy ...
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Charlie Ross
Kenneth Griffith ...
Mr. Weaver
Avis Bunnage ...
Mrs. Noonan
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Grogan
Peter Thompson ...
Publican
Sarah Forbes ...
Penny Spencer ...
Mavis Noonan
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The title refers to the creatures a very poor addled old lady (Dame Edith Evans) imagines in her paranoid fantasies. They lurk behind every drip, drip, drip of a leaky faucet. They listen all coiled up in a silent radio. The old lady is on to all their tricks, and she tells them so repeatedly. She reports them regularly to the police who scoff at her behind her back. The whisperers, however, are only part of her fantasy life. She imagines also that she is a daughter of aristocracy, an heiress waiting for her money to arrive so that she can pay back the nice gentleman at the Welfare Board. Her routine is shattered irrevocably by the return of her thieving son and vagrant husband, a brief fling with stolen money ending dismally in the gutter where the poor prey on the poor. Written by alfiehitchie

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18 July 1967 (West Germany)  »

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Composer John Barry wrote his score and recorded it while the film was being shot and before editing. The director used the music to help inspire him while making the film. Barry did do some revisions to match the final editing of the film, but for the most part the film was edited to his already recorded music. See more »

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The old kitchen curtain is shown in scene after Archie leaves, while Margaret is moping around the apartment. The new curtains are shown again after she returns from seeing Mr. Conrad at the National Assistance Board. See more »

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Archie Ross: What kind of job might it be, sir?
Mr. Conrad: Doorman at a cinema.
Archie Ross: Oh, wonderful. Nice and healthy and in the open.
Mr. Conrad: The healthiest jobs, Mr. Ross, are the ones you keep.
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Remake of ITV Play of the Week: The Whisperers (1961) See more »

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EDITH EVANS IS MAGNIFICENT
8 December 2004 | by (Charlotte, North carolina) – See all my reviews

this is a great performance another example of the academy awards not giving it to the rightful owner...i love kate hepburn but lets face it THIS performance deserved it...this is one of thoses performances that you are so grateful that film can perserve...edith evans is so great and yet so sad in the starring role... it is a most depressing film and one that is not to be seen if one is depressed but for an actor to see a great actress in her glory this is one of those experiences indeed...i always admired edith evans but never more than in this picture..of aging and how awful it can be to anyone so treat yourself to an unusual experience and see the whispers...


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