MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 12,514 this week

The Whales of August (1987)

 -  Drama  -  19 August 1987 (France)
7.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 2,748 users  
Reviews: 43 user | 14 critic

Summer people in Maine: things are changing. Whales no longer pass close to the shore as they did during the youth of two elderly widowed sisters who have a seaside home where they've ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(play), (screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

Editors' Spotlight

Sundance 2015

Watch our IMDb & AIV Sundance Studio Interviews with Keith Simanton

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 26 titles
created 16 Sep 2011
 
a list of 49 titles
created 08 Jan 2012
 
a list of 42 titles
created 09 Dec 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 03 Jun 2013
 
a list of 48 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Whales of August (1987)

The Whales of August (1987) on IMDb 7.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Whales of August.

User Polls

Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In a Yorkshire mining town, three educated brothers return to their blue-collar home to celebrate the 40th wedding anniversary of their parents, but dark secrets come to the fore.

Director: Lindsay Anderson
Stars: Alan Bates, Brian Cox, Gabrielle Daye
Look Back in Anger (TV Movie 1980)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Jimmy is a self-loathing and frustrated musician who works at a candy shop. He takes out his rage on his long suffering wife and his business partner and best friend, who lives next door. ... See full summary »

Directors: Lindsay Anderson, David Hugh Jones, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Lisa Banes, Fran Brill, Robert Burr
The Star (1952)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A washed-up movie queen finds romance, but still desires a come-back.

Director: Stuart Heisler
Stars: Bette Davis, Sterling Hayden, Natalie Wood
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Mick Travis is a reporter who is about to shoot a documentary on Britannia Hospital, an institution which mirrors the downsides of British Society. It's the day when Her Royal Highness is ... See full summary »

Director: Lindsay Anderson
Stars: Leonard Rossiter, Malcolm McDowell, Brian Pettifer
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Director: Lindsay Anderson
Stars: George Michael, Andrew Ridgeley
O Lucky Man! (1973)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

This sprawling, surrealist musical serves as an allegory for the pitfalls of capitalism, as it follows the adventures of a young coffee salesman in Europe. Many actors play multiple roles, giving the film a stagy tone.

Director: Lindsay Anderson
Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Ralph Richardson, Rachel Roberts
Madame Sin (1972)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A CIA agent is used as a pawn in an insane woman's plan to steal a Polaris submarine.

Director: David Greene
Stars: Bette Davis, Robert Wagner, Denholm Elliott
A Piano for Mrs. Cimino (TV Movie 1982)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

An elderly widow must find meaning and activity in her life when her son suggests she is no longer capable of handling her own affairs.

Director: George Schaefer
Stars: Bette Davis, Penny Fuller, Christopher Guest
Murder with Mirrors (TV Movie 1985)
Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When Carrie Louise Serrocold suspects that someone is trying to poison her, she sends for the one person who might be able to help - her old friend Miss Marple.

Director: Dick Lowry
Stars: Helen Hayes, Bette Davis, John Mills
Buddies (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Director: Yasuo Furuhata
Stars: Ken Takakura, Eiji Bandô, Sumiko Fuji
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Director: Yasuzô Masumura
Stars: Mieko Harada, Natsuko Kahara, Meiko Kaji
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou
Stars: Chi-Kuang Wang, Shu-Chen Li, Hsiu-Ling Lin
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
...
...
Frank Grimes ...
...
Tisha Sterling ...
...
Frank Pitkin ...
Mike Bush ...
Edit

Storyline

Summer people in Maine: things are changing. Whales no longer pass close to the shore as they did during the youth of two elderly widowed sisters who have a seaside home where they've summered for 50 years. Libby is blind, contrary, and seemingly getting ready to die. Sarah is attentive to her sister, worried about continuing to care for her, and half interested in an old Russian aristocrat who fishes from their shore. It's the eve of Sarah's 46th wedding anniversary. The Russian offers some fish he's caught, Sarah invites him to dinner, and Libby gets her back up. Sarah wonders if it isn't time to sell the place and find a home for Libby. What alternatives do old people have? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Screen's Immortals... A movie you'll never forget.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 August 1987 (France)  »

Also Known As:

As Baleias de Agosto  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Gross:

$1,338,198 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Screen legend Lillian Gish was 93 when she co-starred in this film making her the oldest actress ever to feature in a leading role. See more »

Goofs

After Sarah neatens Libby's dress, Libby keeps her right arm resting on her left one. In the next shot her right arm is on the chair arm. See more »

Quotes

Libby Strong: Busy, Busy, busy, always busy.
See more »


Soundtracks

Roses of Picardy
(uncredited)
Music by Haydn Wood
Lyrics by Frederick Edward Weatherly
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
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!


17 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
A beautiful film Welch57
stage cast thomas-bennett
I Enjoyed Bette Davis's Maggie Smith Impersonation lovethathat
Discuss The Whales of August (1987) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page