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The Grass Harp (1995)

PG | | Drama, Comedy | 11 October 1996 (USA)
After his mother's death, Collin Fenwick goes to live with his father's cousins, the wealthy, avaricious, and controlling Verena Talbo, and her compliant, earthy sister Dolly. When a city ... See full summary »

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After his mother's death, Collin Fenwick goes to live with his father's cousins, the wealthy, avaricious, and controlling Verena Talbo, and her compliant, earthy sister Dolly. When a city slicker comes to town and convinces Verena to market Dolly's locally-famous tonic, Dolly finally gets some backbone, refuses to divulge the formula, and heads for a tree house with Collin and Catherine, the loyal maid. Verena, who has most of the town in her pocket, sics the law on the renegades. Dolly, Catherine, and Collin find a supporter in a retired judge, Charlie Cool, who's attracted to Dolly. Will Verena's venom win out? And what about that city slicker? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated PG for mild language and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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$8,000,000 (estimated)

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$117,161 (USA) (13 October 1996)

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$493,007 (USA) (1 December 1996)
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The seventh pairing out of ten movies of comic actors and great friends Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. See more »

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Tommy DeVito: [after Henry, Jimmy, and Tommy beat Billy Bates they start placing him on a couple of table cloths. Tommy turns to Henry] I didn't wanna get blood on your floor.
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ONE O'CLOCK JUMP
Written by Count Basie (as William Basie)
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Shamefully overlooked on its first release.
10 April 1999 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

I was really surprised that The Grass Harp turned out to be the great film that it is. The book by Truman Capote is one of my favourites and I didn't think that it would work as a film.

It has been cast perfectly with Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie beautifully bringing to life the Talbo sister's Verena and Dolly respectively. Special mention too should be given to Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon & Roddy McDowall. All the cast are really quite terrific.

Great attention has been made to period detail and the film has a glorious soundtrack.

Full marks to the screen writers who have adapted the spirit of Capote's novel. And last but not least to Charles Matthau for his sensitive direction. A must see film shamefully overlooked on its first release.


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