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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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The story of a woman slightly distracted by the possibilities of life. See more »

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

Quotes

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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Oh My Papa
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Music by Paul Burkhardt
Lyrics by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons
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One of my top 5 flicks
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The way this movie ends with the shot of the railroad tracks - reminded me of the way in school they ask two parallel lines ever meet? Mathematically the answer is no but visually it's hard to believe. That dichotomy is at work here in what you feel has been done will happen.

The ambiguity is refreshing when most movie makers or studios feel that `happy' or obvious ending are the only thing an audience will take.

I was so moved by this movie I also read the book which is as wonderful...

A total total joy.


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