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The Winter Guest (1997)

R | | Drama | 24 December 1997 (USA)
A recent widow who is determined to leave Scotland for Australia with her son gets an unexpected visit from her aging mother.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sheila Reid ...
Lily
Sandra Voe ...
Chloe
Arlene Cockburn ...
Nita
Gary Hollywood ...
Alex
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Tom
Douglas Murphy ...
Sam
Tom Watson ...
Minister
Jan Shand ...
Café Proprietor
Sandy Neilson ...
Passer-by
Billy McElhaney ...
Bus Driver
Helen Devon ...
Woman in Tea Shop
Harry Welsh ...
Boy in Teashop
Christian Zanone ...
Young Man in Church
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Storyline

The film centers on four pairs - Frances is a recent widow who wants to get away from Scotland to Australia with her teenage son Alex to escape her memories, arrival of her old mother Elspeth makes her reconsider her decision. Alex approaches his first sexual experience with neighbour girl Nita. Chloe and Lily are two old women who like to attend strangers' funerals and Tom with Sam are two schoolboys who skip school to play on the beach and talk. Written by Anonymous

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Come in from the cold. See more »

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Rated R for language and brief sensuality | See all certifications »
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24 December 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'invitée de l'hiver  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$21,305 (USA) (26 December 1997)

Gross:

$776,332 (USA) (27 March 1998)
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Trivia

Emma Thompson and Phyllida Law are real-life mother and daughter. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alex: Are you all right?
Frances: Don't keep asking.
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Connections

References Now, Voyager (1942) See more »

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Take Me With You
Sung by Elizabeth Fraser
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One of the best movies of the year
8 April 1999 | by (Mad City, WI) – See all my reviews

Since it's an import I saw this one in 1998 and my movie years do not correspond well to the calendar ones, still a great movie all the same. Visually enchanting with a splendidly written dialogue - I caught myself thinking once or twice during the movie - "What a wonderfully insane script!" Having watched it twice in a row I got a thick Scottish accent as an added benefit. 10 out of 10 in my book.


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