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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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1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Toby Parkes ...
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Mrs. Parker
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Rosie Jones
James Booth ...
Mr. Brown
Patrick Monckton ...
Bob - Pond Workman
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Ted - Pond Workman
Vivienne Moore ...
Mrs. Martin
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Vicar's Convention Master of Ceremonies
Morgan Gower ...
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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Schweigen ist Silber - Vergraben ist Gold (Silence is silver, but burying is golden) See more »

Genres:

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:

Az eltakarítónő  »

Box Office

Budget:

$169,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£645,886 (UK) (2 December 2005)

Gross:

$1,618,957 (USA) (19 January 2007)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

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 »

Quotes

Gloria Goodfellow: This cannot go on mother, I've had enough.
Grace Hawkins: I understand you're upset.
Gloria Goodfellow: Too bloody right I'm upset, I've got two dead bodies. One in the pond and one in the sitting room.
Grace Hawkins: No, you've got three dead bodies in the pond because you're forgetting...
Gloria Goodfellow: Grace, this has gone far enough. And I mean it.
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Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 7 October 2006 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

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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User Reviews

 
Go on, have a laugh
7 December 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

You could drive a horse and cart through the plot holes in this movie. It doesn't matter, just splash about in the humour. It has the predictability of a Stan and Ollie routine, Morecambe & Wise or any other such comedians who mix story telling with visual and verbal humour. Rowan Atkinson is of course the comedian cast in the straight part trying to regain a sense of humour. Maggie Smith is absolutely superb as the straight actress playing the clowning criminal. A bit of sound effect filched from Reeves and Mortimer's frying pan sketch would have heightened the humour even more. Never mind, this is harmless, charming, and engaging entertainment. Entertainment - now we don't get much of that to the pound usually.


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