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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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aunt | sister | dry humor | orphan | eccentric | See more »

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A tidy comedy. See more »

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January 1988 (USA)  »

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$1,083,282 (USA)
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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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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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Best use of "Goodnight Irene" in the history of film
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Though the box (identifying it as "A tidy comedy") is one of the most flagrant cases of false advertising ever, this is a wonderful movie. Set a bit after 1960 (you can tell because the song the mother sings in the ten-years-before opening was a hit in 1950) in a small town that hasn't caught up with the rest of the world yet, it shows a woman who isn't so much a free spirit as a person who just can't settle into basic routine. Mentally ill? Maybe, maybe not. But, if so, it's a pretty swell madness. Beautifully shot, wonderfully acted. Haunting is an excellent word. Just don't get it expecting a tidy comedy, whatever you do.


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