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Travels with My Aunt (1972)

At his mother's funeral, stuffy bank clerk Henry Pulling meets his Aunt Augusta, an elderly eccentric with more-than-shady dealings who pulls him along on a whirlwind adventure as she ... See full summary »

Director:

George Cukor

Writers:

Jay Presson Allen (screenplay), Hugh Wheeler (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maggie Smith ... Aunt Augusta Bertram
Alec McCowen ... Henry Pulling
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Wordsworth (as Lou Gossett)
Robert Stephens ... Ercole Visconti
Cindy Williams ... Tooley
Robert Flemyng ... Crowder
José Luis López Vázquez ... Achille Dambreuse (as Jose Luis Lopez Vazquez)
Raymond Gérôme Raymond Gérôme ... Mario (as Raymond Gerome)
Daniel Emilfork ... Colonel Hakim
Corinne Marchand ... Louise
John Hamill ... Crowder's Man
David Swift David Swift ... Detective
Bernard Holley ... Bobby
Valerie White Valerie White ... Madame Dambreuse
Antonio Pica ... Elegant Man
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At his mother's funeral, stuffy bank clerk Henry Pulling meets his Aunt Augusta, an elderly eccentric with more-than-shady dealings who pulls him along on a whirlwind adventure as she attempts to rescue an old lover. Written by Kathy Li

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The story of a Fabulous Dame who brought Style, Class, Grace and Beauty to Smuggling, Hustling, Gambling and Swindling

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Italian

Release Date:

22 February 1973 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Viagens com a Minha Tia See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The BEA aircraft taking Aunt Augusta (Dame Maggie Smith) and Henry (Alec McCowen) to Paris, registration G-AWZD, is a Hawker-Siddley HS-121 Trident, built in 1971. Only one hundred seventeen were built between 1962 and when production ended in 1978. This particular airplane remained in service with British Airways until July, 1985, when is was sold to an air cargo charter service in the Congo (Zaire), and was scrapped in 1989. See more »

Goofs

In the bar, the two women dressed in red and black are at the bar, then at a table, then back at the bar, all in a matter of seconds. See more »

Quotes

Aunt Augusta: It's the best way to win a woman, Harry, to make her laugh.
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Crazy Credits

The painting of Augusta seen behind the opening credits winks to the audience as the credits end. See more »

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Referenced in NYPD Blue: Travels with Andy (1995) See more »

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An Unforgivably Bad Adaptation of a Great Book
21 May 2007 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

I'm fine with filmmakers adapting books to the screen and doing what they need to do to make the source material cinematic. But I'm always mystified by filmmakers who adapt a book to the screen and change so much that it's nearly a completely different story. I wonder why they wanted to adapt the book in the first place if they felt that so much of it was inadequate.

This is a terrible adaptation of the wonderful Graham Greene novel, that even a dynamic performance from Maggie Smith in the title role cannot save. George Cukor directs this film like it's a relic from a different decade. Yes, the main character is stodgy and stuffy but that doesn't mean the movie has to be. And by the time the ending has rolled around, all vestiges of the source material have vanished completely, an unforgivable crime in my opinion when working with an author as great as Greene.

Grade: D


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