Lost for Words (1999)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  31 October 1999 (USA)
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Deric Longden and his wife, Aileen, come to terms with the fact that his mother, Annie, is getting too old to live on her own. Annie suffers her first stroke and a nursing home is the ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Thora Hird ...
Annie Longden (as Dame Thora Hird)
Jennifer Luckraft ...
Nurse one
David Shimwell ...
Young man
Gloria Brooks
Keith Clifford ...
Fred Brooks
Eddie Caswell ...
Tom Higgins ...
Diana Flacks ...
Mrs Corey
Malcolm Hebden ...
Ruth Holden ...
Mrs. Nellie Elliot
Dinah Handley ...
Katherine Dow Blyton ...
Hospital Sister
Speech Therapist


Deric Longden and his wife, Aileen, come to terms with the fact that his mother, Annie, is getting too old to live on her own. Annie suffers her first stroke and a nursing home is the obvious solution, but which one and where? Written by Mort Kingsley

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Jennifer Luckraft who plays a nurse, and Tom Higgins who play a doctor in this, played a nursing assistant and doctor respectively in Children's Ward (1989). See more »


Woman in wheelchair: [groans in pain] Aagh! Renal colic.
Annie Longden: [shakes woman's hand] Annie Longden. Pleased to meet you.
[to Deric]
Annie Longden: She must be French with a name like that.
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Follows Screen One: Wide-Eyed and Legless (1993) See more »

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Pure Pathos!
27 April 2005 | by (London, England.) – See all my reviews

This bittersweet exploration of what familial love is, and the pain there is for all concerned in losing someone to this most alienating of diseases (alzheimers) proves something exceptional in that it shows Dame Thora aware of her own frailty (physically and mentally) yet still able to put it all together for one last truly great performance.

It tells too of the various shades of reality of existence that really are what some mental illness (or deterioration) can be about.

And it's OK to laugh, because it shows the fragility of what we are all so sure of...our hold on the world and the way we see it. And that certainty is laughable.

Pete Postlethwaite - magic.

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