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Garbo Talks (1984)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 12 October 1984 (USA)
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
Richard B. Shull ...
Michael Lombard ...
Mr. Morganelli
Ed Crowley ...
Mr. Goldhammer
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Claire Rolfe
Maurice Sterman ...
Dr. Cohen
Antonia Rey ...
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 was able to garner a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical for Anne Bancroft, the movie's only major nod, but Bancroft lost out to Kathleen Turner for Romancing the Stone (1984). 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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Puerto Rican Nurse: Estelle, our contract is up the first of the year. They want to raise us from 7.10 an hour to 7.90. None of us knows what to do? I mean, we do not make waves.
Estelle Rolfe: Make waves.
Puerto Rican Nurse: We don't want to start something.
Estelle Rolfe: Start something.
Puerto Rican Nurse: Okay!
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Crazy Credits

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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The sweet power of hero worship
23 July 2002 | by (United States of America) – See all my reviews

Anne Bancroft, in the film Garbo Talks, experiences what many film fans can only dream of, meeting their idol. As Estelle Rolfe fades, we see her son Gilbert grow, helped along by his quest to find the mysterious Greta Garbo before his mother dies.

This film, while not great, is a great film if you are a Garbo fan. Listening to Estelle tell Garbo of all the big moments of her life and how each were punctuated by one of Garbo's films, is a testament to the power film can have.


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