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The Whales of August (1987)

 -  Drama  -  19 August 1987 (France)
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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 ... See full summary »

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

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19 August 1987 (France)  »

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Ann Sothern's last film. See more »

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When Joshua passes by Libby to enter in the house, Libby is sitting with a window behind on her right-hand side. In the shot from inside, Libby appears with the window in her back, a little more to her left side. Later, when Sarah and Tisha come back from the sea side, there is no window behind Libby at all. 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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