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Age-Old Friends (1989)

John Cooper is in a retirement home. There are strict rules for the residents, but he refuses to fall into passivity. He flirts constantly with Nurse Wilson and spends time with his best ... See full summary »

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Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Aaron Alexander ...
Grandson
Frummie Blatt ...
Resident #2
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Julia
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Supervisor
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Peter
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David Harvey ...
Resident #1
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Larry (as Phil Jarrett)
Ed McGibbon ...
Hartley (as Edward McGibbon)
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Mrs. Baker
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Dr. Spears
Murray Westgate ...
Colonel
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John Cooper is in a retirement home. There are strict rules for the residents, but he refuses to fall into passivity. He flirts constantly with Nurse Wilson and spends time with his best buddy Michael Aylott, who's slowly drifting into senility. The movie portrays the fight for independence and dignity in old age. Written by Lars Skogan

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old age | senility | based on book | See All (3) »

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16 December 1989 (USA)  »

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A Month of Sundays  »

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1.33 : 1
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Cooper: [Pretending to be a World War II American soldier] You'd better think twice, Fritz! I have a howitzer trained on the door!
Nurse Wilson: Good Morning, Mr. Cooper
Cooper: Ah! Comrade! Comrade!
Nurse Wilson: You better eat this while it's hot.
Cooper: To do that I'd have to perch on the cart as it left the kitchen.
[Noticing that Nurse Wilson is making the bed]
Cooper: I do hope you're tucking those sheets in nice and tight.
Nurse Wilson: Why?
Cooper: Well it'd spoil the nightly challenge if I could get into bed easily. By the way, I dreamt about you again last night; ...
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A must-see for anyone with elderly family members
29 May 2006 | by (Michigan, USA) – See all my reviews

Cronyn and Gardenia give sparkling and Emmy-winning performances. This movie presents a personal perspective of the aging process. Faced with contrasting experiences of "getting old" - Cronyn with a keen mind and frail body vs. Gardenia with the onset of senility and a healthy body - the two friends are friendly adversaries of the aging process. They provide mutual support to each other and their families as they "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night." The portrayal of the nursing home experience is fairly accurate. I highly recommend that families view it together before they are forced to make difficult decisions about the welfare of their aging relatives.


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