The son of a woman dying of a brain tumour tries to fulfil his mother's last wish: to meet Greta Garbo.

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Estelle Rolfe
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Gilbert Rolfe
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Lisa Rolfe
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Jane Mortimer
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Walter Rolfe
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Angelo Dokakis
Dorothy Loudon ...
Sonya Apollinar
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Elizabeth Rennick
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Claire Rolfe
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Dr. Cohen
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Puerto Rican Nurse
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Estelle is a one-person protest army: she goes to jail over grocery prices, shames construction workers for catcalls to passing women, and won't cross a picket line for her son's wedding. She also loves Garbo films: when she learns she has a brain tumor and six months to live, she decides she must meet Garbo. Her dutiful son Gilbert, a Manhattan accountant named for Garbo's co-star, hires a paparazzo to show him Garbo's flat, stakes it out, gets a job delivering food there, seeks her on Fire Island, and tracks her to a Sixth Avenue flea market. As his obsession distances him from his wife, he's drawn to a struggling actress he meets at work. Can he find Garbo; if so, will she talk? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The film's title is taken from the famous Tinseltown Old Hollywood expression "Garbo Talks" which recognized the significant time that silent film star Greta Garbo was first heard speaking in the talkie Anna Christie (1930) which was a filmed adaptation from the stage play by Eugene O'Neill. The picture was promoted with the slogan tagline GARBO TALKS!. See more »

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The construction worker (Mr. Electric Tongue!) has his pop can in his right hand and a sandwich in his left. In the next shot, they are each in the other hands. See more »

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Estelle Rolfe: You know, I know everybody's gotta die, but I really thought I was gonna be the first exception.
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In the 2003 DVD issued by ILC Prime the usual MGM lion is there but with the words DIAMOND JUBILEE arced over it's head, with SIXTY YEARS OF GREAT ENTERTAINMENT across the bottom of the screen. See more »

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References Queen Christina (1933) See more »

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For Anyone Who Loves Their Mother
2 December 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A beautiful, simple little movie about the love between a mother and her son.

I saw this many years ago, and when I finally found a copy on VCR, snapped it up for my mom... It's now her very favorite movie and gets watched (and recited-along-with!) on a regular basis. It's made her quite the belle of the ball, with all of her friends dying to borrow it!

If your mom likes movies from the 40s, and loved Steel Magnolias, get her this and watch it together.

And if either of you can sit through the scene where Gilbert confronts his mother's idol without crying at the sweetness of the exchange, the panic and vulnerability in his whole being, you're tougher than we are!

Lovely!


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