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The Grass Harp (1995)

 -  Drama | Comedy  -  11 October 1996 (USA)
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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 ... 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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Love is a chain of love... as nature is a chain of life. See more »

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Drama | Comedy

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

Opening Weekend:

$117,161 (USA) (11 October 1996)

Gross:

$493,007 (USA) (29 November 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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Dolly Talbo: Love is a chain.
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Referenced in Hollywood Remembers Walter Matthau (2001) See more »

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YOU BROUGHT A NEW KIND OF LOVE TO ME
Written by Sammy Fain, Irving Kahal, Pierre Norman
Performed by Benny Goodman
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Marvelous adaptation with magnificent performances.
7 April 2002 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

This is a technically perfect adaptation of Capote's stunning story based upon partially on his own experiences. Laurie is all things Dolly should be: ethereal, giddy, of understated intelligence, committed, etc. Spacek had to stretch to play the cold-hearted sister, but that's what great actors do. It is leisurely paced, but that's totally in keeping with the story. Music, sets, and all are done with precision and with plenty of soul. Matthau and Lemmon have no scenes together, and for a change, Matthau plays the ethically superior character. Edward Furlong is perfect as the story's protagonist, and Mary Steenburgen steals each scene in which she appears.

I recommend this movie highly to all who enjoy character development and Southern-US Americana.


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