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The Whales of August (1987)

 -  Drama  -  November 1987 (USA)
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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>

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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 »

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When Libby takes her souvenirs box from the vanity drawer, she picks up the box with her right hand and closes the drawer with the left one. In the following shot she is holding the box with her left hand. See more »

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Libby Strong: Busy, Busy, busy, always busy.
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Wonderful film that will stand the test of time
6 November 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Elegantly tasteful inter-personal story about 2 elderly sisters -- played by Gish and Davis, the all-time queens of the screen -- who are haunted by the past and unsure of the future. One sister, the elder (Davis) is literally blind -- an attribute she claims is intentional: "I'm working on my ears, now." Gish suffers her changing emotions and bitter appraisal of life only so far -- she wants to have a future, even if it is a frightening, uncertain one. Price is also excellent as a Russian nobleman: "a race extinct." They're all "Whales of August", sometimes as if already dead, always living on hope.

Beautiful movie.


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