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Grey Gardens -- A touching documentary portrait of the Beales -- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' eccentric aunt and cousin

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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 

Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale ... Herself

Edith Bouvier Beale ... Herself
Brooks Hyers ... Himself - Gardener
Norman Vincent Peale ... Himself (voice)
Jack Helmuth ... Himself - Birthday Guest (uncredited)

Albert Maysles ... Himself (uncredited)
David Maysles ... Himself (uncredited)
Jerry Torre ... Himself - Handyman (uncredited)
Lois Wright ... Herself - Birthday Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Ellen Hovde 
Albert Maysles 
David Maysles 
Muffie Meyer 
 
Produced by
Susan Froemke .... associate producer
Albert Maysles .... producer (as The Maysles Brothers)
David Maysles .... producer (as The Maysles Brothers)
 
Cinematography by
Albert Maysles 
David Maysles 
 
Film Editing by
Susan Froemke 
Ellen Hovde 
Muffie Meyer 
 
Sound Department
Lee Dichter .... sound mixer
 
Editorial Department
Morris Schlein .... negative timer
 
Thanks
Marianne Barcellona .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
Peter Beard .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
Harry Benson .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
Alan Bomser .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
Cynthia Castleman .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
Pamela Degnan .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
Kathryn Demby .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
Holly Gill .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
Bernard Gotfryd .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
John Jourdan .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
Dorothy King .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
Donald Klocek .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
Akiva Kohane .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
Sarah Legon .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
Vince Lombardo .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help (as Vincent Lombardo)
Noëlle Penraat .... thanks (as Noelle Penraat)
Vincent Stenerson .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
Lois Wright .... thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for their help
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
  • Photo Magnetic Studios  sound mixer (as Photo-Mag)
  • EFX  color negative
  • Movielab  thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for thier help (as Charlie-Projecctionist, Movielab)
  • TVC Laboratories  thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for thier help
  • Trans/Audio  thanks: to the following individuals and organizations for thier help
  • Robert Frost Estate, The  for: permission to include lines from THE ROAD NOT TAKEN as spoken.
  • Holt, Rinehart and Winston  copyright: From "The Road Not Taken" from THE POETRY OF ROBERT FROST edited by Edward Connery Lathem. 1916, (C) 1969 by

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Trivia:
According to a 2009 interview in the San Francisco Chronicle, Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale wore a beautiful red dress to the 1975 premiere of this film, only she wore it backwards, with the zipper in front.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale:What're you doing down there? You staying there?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in College Boys Live (2009)See more »
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You and the Night and the MusicSee more »

FAQ

What happened after Grey Gardens was filmed?
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19 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Recommended, 23 June 2006
Author: bart-117 from United States

I saw this film a couple of weeks ago, and it's been stuck in my head ever since. It stars two spellbinding characters in what is unfortunately a mediocre documentary. To get the true story of the Beales, I had to wade through all of the DVD's bonus material and commentaries and search the web.

Although the Maysles and their fans (not to mention Edith and Edie themselves) bristle at the suggestion that this film is exploitative, this is exploitation in the truest sense of the word. Very little effort is every made to explain the Beales or how they came to the condition they were in - the Maysles approach seems to be to just turn the camera on and wait for Edith and Edie to say something outrageous. The sound, even on the Criterion re-release is poor and difficult to follow. Although I appreciate this film was made somewhat early in the history of documentary film, it's ironic to compare it to Geraldo Rivera's (!) far superior series on the sexual abuse of mentally retarded patients at Willowbrook State School in Staten Island from 1972, four years before Grey Gardens was shot.

To paraphrase a review in the New Yorker, there were many things Edith and Edie needed in their lives, and a documentary wasn't one of them.

As for Edith and Edie, the thing I kept thinking while watching the film was "where the hell is their family"? They were living in dangerous, unhealthy, unsafe conditions. How is it that Jackie O, married to one of the richest men on Earth (or the wealthy Bouvier family themselves) couldn't afford to get Edith and Edie a decent home? Or at the very least hire a part-time housekeeper or caregiver to come in and keep an eye on them both? It's shameful and a lasting disgrace to the entire Bouvier family.

Although this review may sound negative I would strongly recommend Grey Gardens to anyone who enjoys documentaries. Perhaps someday someone will come along and do a documentary about this documentary - bringing in the rich backstory (and afterstory) of the Beales and the whole subsection of Hamptons society in the 1970's.

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