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Grey Gardens (1975)

PG  |   |  Documentary  |  27 September 1975 (USA)
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An old mother and her middle-aged daughter, the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, live their eccentric lives in a filthy, decaying mansion in East Hampton.

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The Maysles brothers pay visits to Edith Bouvier Beale, nearing 80, and her daughter Edie. Reclusive, the pair live with cats and raccoons in Grey Gardens, a crumbling mansion in East Hampton. Edith is dry and quick-witted - a singer, married but later separated, a member of high society. Edie is voluble, dresses - as she puts it - for combat in tight ensembles that include scarves wrapped around her head. There are hints that Edie came home 24 years before to be cared for rather than to care for her mother. The women address the camera, talking over each other, moving from the present to events years before. They're odd, with flinty affection for each other. Written by <>

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27 September 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Két nő - egy ház  »

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$13,845 (USA) (6 March 2015)


$30,966 (USA) (13 March 2015)

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Drew Barrymore played Little Edie in the TV movie Grey Gardens (2009) but, ironically, in the original Grey Gardens (1975), David Maysles asked Little Edie who she would like to portray Big Edie if a movie based on Grey Gardens were made, suggesting Ethel Barrymore (Drew's great-aunt), despite the fact that Ethel Barrymore had been dead since 1959. See more »


[first lines]
Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale: What're you doing down there? You staying there?
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You and the Night and the Music
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by Howard Dietz
Performed by Edith Bouvier Beale
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Grey Gardens was riveting and almost unbelievable!
8 September 1999 | by (Oklahoma City) – See all my reviews

We stumbled upon the documentary, Grey Gardens, last Sunday and got "sucked in" without warning. Everyone who entered the room became transfixed on the television and the haunting images of Edith and Edie who seemed to be living out their lives in practically one room of a large filthy mansion on the beach, eating ice cream and corn on the cob (which was cooked on the bedside table)--and the cat urinating on edith's bed and her unbelievable words, "i thrive on it [the smell]." We had not seen the beginning and wondered what we were watching and how these aristocratic women managed to get in the position they were in. Spellbinding! a must see!!!!

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