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Housekeeping (1987)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  January 1988 (USA)
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In the Pacific Northwest during the 1950's, two young sisters whose mother has abandoned them wind up living with their Aunt Sylvie, whose views of the world and its conventions don't quite... See full summary »

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Sylvie
Sara Walker ...
Ruth
Andrea Burchill ...
Lucille
Anne Pitoniak ...
Aunt Lily
Barbara Reese ...
Aunt Nona
Margot Pinvidic ...
Helen
Bill Smillie ...
Sheriff
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Principal
Betty Phillips ...
Mrs. Jardine
Karen Elizabeth Austin ...
Mrs. Paterson
Dolores Drake ...
Mrs. Walker (as Delores Drake)
Georgie Collins ...
Grandmother
Tonya Tanner ...
Young Ruth
Leah Penny ...
Young Lucille
Brian Linds ...
Deputy Sheriff
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In the Pacific Northwest during the 1950's, two young sisters whose mother has abandoned them wind up living with their Aunt Sylvie, whose views of the world and its conventions don't quite live up the most people's expectations. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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sister | aunt | flood | orphan | train | See more »

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A tidy comedy. See more »

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Diane Keaton was originally cast as Sylvie but left due to creative differences. See more »

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Ruth: It must be his boat.
Sylvie: That or he's some sort of lunatic. Either way, I'm not going back to find out.
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SH-BOOM (LIFE COULD BE A DREAM)
Written by James Keyes, Claude Feaster, Carl Feaster, Floyd McRae (as Floyd F. McRae) and James Edwards
Produced by Nicki North for Brancaster Music
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brilliant
21 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Housekeeping" is one of the best books i've ever read, and this movie gets it absolutely perfect. Christine Lahti is brilliant; I can't imagine another actress in the role. It seems that nobody has heard of this movie, (understandable, I guess, as it's very low-key, hardly the slick product Hollywood usually churns out) but if you're in the mood for an intelligent, incisive examination of human behavior then you could do no better than to rent this.

One other thing. although the box calls it "a tidy comedy", it's far from that. it's a great DRAMA, and my guess is its relative obscurity , and lack of box office success, is more the result of the studios inability to market it than anything.


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