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The Whales of August (1987)

It's August. Like they have most summers, elderly widowed sisters Libby Strong and Sarah Webber, who live in Philadelphia, are staying together in the family's summer cottage on an island ... See full summary »

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It's August. Like they have most summers, elderly widowed sisters Libby Strong and Sarah Webber, who live in Philadelphia, are staying together in the family's summer cottage on an island off the coast of Maine. The cottage, which now belongs to Sarah, has been in their family most of their lives, it which was the family's summer getaway from Philadelphia when they were younger. There are a few people who have been half-century friends or acquaintances on the island, including the outspoken Tisha Doughty who is like a bossy third sister, and Joshua Brackett, who has long done any of the handy work around the cottage. Someone relatively new at least to Sarah's social circle is Mr. Maranov, a former Russian aristocrat for who chivalry is just a way of life. His stay on the island is however threatened when his landlady, Hilda Partridge, passes away. Sarah and Libby have come to the realization that they are in the respective twilight of their lives, largely regarding issues directly ... Written by Huggo

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19 August 1987 (France)  »

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$1,338,198 (USA)
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The buoy that the filmmakers used as a device to transition from scene to scene was not a real buoy, but a prop that was built specifically for the production. The buoy is now on display outside of the Casco Bay Lines Ferry Terminal in Portland, Maine. See more »

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When the radio (or wireless) is switched on in order for Libby to listen to her favourite programme, the sound of the broadcast is heard immediately as though it were a modern transistor or digital radio. But the film is set in the mid-1950s during the era of valve wireless receivers (see also the prop used in the scene), meaning that the ladies would have to wait for several seconds while the set warms up before the programme could be heard. See more »

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Mr. Maranov: I have once again been set adrift.
Sarah Webber: Oh, I'm sorry, Mr. Maranov.
Mr. Maranov: Oh, you needn't be, my dear. I have often been adrift - but I have always stayed afloat.
Sarah Webber: But all these years, what have you done?
Mr. Maranov: [pauses to reflect] I have spent my life... visiting friends.
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Featured in Vincent Price: The Sinister Image (1987) See more »

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Roses of Picardy
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Music by Haydn Wood
Lyrics by Frederick Edward Weatherly
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Charming
31 May 2004 | by (Rochester, NY) – See all my reviews

This movie has two possible effects. You will be bored or charmed. I was charmed by the simple beauty of watching aged movie stars in their final film roles. Ann Sothern is truly the high point in the movie and still has her "Maisie-like" (the character she made famous in the 30's and 40's) wit and sarcasm. Bette Davis, Lillian Gish and Vincent Price, as well as Ann Sothern, are all veterans of the great "Hollywood Era" and it shows. One can only hope that Dustin Hoffman, Elizabeth Taylor, Meryl Streep and Brad Pitt age as well as these legends. Beautiful scenery and seascapes and a chance to see people who make aging appear elegant. Sadly, all are gone now. Rest peacefully!


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