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Keeping Mum (2005)

A pastor preoccupied with writing the perfect sermon fails to realize that his wife is having an affair and his children are up to no good.

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Mr. Brown
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Ted - Pond Workman
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Mrs. Martin
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Vicar's Convention Master of Ceremonies
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Reverend Campbell
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Billy Martin the Bully
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Storyline

Walter Goodfellow, the vicar for the small English country parish of Little Wallop, has allowed his marriage to Gloria go stale, and he is so detached from his family that he has not taken notice that his 17-year-old daughter Holly is going through a succession of relationships with unsuitable boyfriends, and his son Petey fears going to school owing to being bullied. Out of desperation for affection, Gloria begins to fall for the advances of Lance, an American golf pro who is giving her "private" lessons. The problems upsetting the family start to fade away after Grace Hawkins, the new housekeeper, arrives and starts tending to matters as an older, and rather darkly mysterious version of Mary Poppins. Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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They took her in. Now she's taking them out. See more »

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Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »

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6 October 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Secrets de famille  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$169,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£645,886 (United Kingdom), 4 December 2005, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,112, 17 September 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,618,957, 21 January 2007
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2.35 : 1
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The film is dedicated to James Booth (Mr. Brown), who died 4 months before the first release. This was his final film. See more »

Goofs

When everyone is taking the trunk upstairs, the shadow is visible above Grace's head moving around. See more »

Quotes

Reverend Walter Goodfellow: [at the convention] And when I'm asked why vicars always answer a question by posing another question, I always reply 'well why shouldn't we?'
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Connections

Referenced in The Lady in the Van (2015) See more »

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Did You Ever Wonder Why?
(2005)
Produced and Written by Dickon Hinchliffe
Sung by Dickon Hinchliffe and Cara Dillon
Guitar: Neil Fraser
Engineered by Philip Bagenal at Eastcote Studios and Mat Bartram at Angel Studios
Mixed by Ian Caple
Published by Keeping Mum Productions Ltd
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a wonderful British black comedy
2 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

highly entertaining, good black comedy.

What seems like a perfect setting in middle england, with Rowan Atkinson who plays the local vicar.

But all is not perfect in the family, with his wife yearning for more fun in life & his daughter getting too much fun & his son being bullied at school.

The vicar has lost his sense of humour over the years.

Things all change with the arrival of the new housekeeper, played by Maggie Smith.

A surprising role for Patrick Swayze as the local gold pro but played well.

Good fun film


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