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Keeping Mum (2005)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Toby Parkes ...
Mr. Brown
Patrick Monckton ...
Ted - Pond Workman
Vivienne Moore ...
Mrs. Martin
Vicar's Convention Master of Ceremonies
Morgan Gower ...
Reverend Campbell
Billy Martin the Bully


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Some family secrets are best kept...buried. See more »


Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

6 October 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Secrets de famille  »


Box Office


$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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film is dedicated to James Booth (Mr. Brown), who died four months before the first release. This was his final film. See more »


The blue Volvo family car parked outside of school has mud on its front-right door, but one minute later it's clean. See more »


Rosie Jones: [as she's being locked in her cell] Oh, I don't suppose there's the chance of a cup of tea?
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Referenced in Unikal'noe pozdravlenie (2014) See more »


Did You Ever Wonder Why?
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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I saw this film recently and I was pleasantly surprised.
30 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

I saw this film recently and I was pleasantly surprised. It reminded me of the old Ealing Comedies as it was charming but had a definite sense of delicious wickedness running through it. All of the main characters are funny in their own way particularly Rowan Atkinson and Maggie Smith. It reminded me so much of and Ealing Comedy that after a while I could only see Alec Guinness in drag when Maggie Smith was on screen. Kristin Scott Thomas started out as being being a bit of a female Hugh Grant in Four Weddings and a Funeral and showed that she can be quite funny but towards the end she gets a little unconvincing once some revelations unfold. All in all it has it's minor misgivings and gets a little too silly and unbelievable in places but I'd give it a go.

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