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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 ... Detective
Bernard Holley ... Bobby
Valerie White Valerie White ... Madame Dambreuse
Antonio Pica ... Elegant Man
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Storyline

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

Katharine Hepburn was initially approached by her friend, Director George Cukor, to star in the movie. She read the book by Graham Greene, but since it was a series of short stories, she didn't think it could be adapted into a film. However, she agreed to star in it after reading the book a few times. Jay Presson Allen wrote the screenplay, but when Hepburn was unhappy with the result, Allen suggested that she re-write it herself. Hepburn worked on the script for three months, but when she submitted it, MGM studio head James T. Aubrey felt that her script was missing the charm of the book. Also, Aubrey felt that Hepburn was too old to play Aunt Augusta in flashback scenes. Aubrey called Hepburn to tell her that the project had been postponed, but the next day, Hepburn's agent called to report that she had been released by MGM for "failing to report to work." Hepburn considered suing MGM for payment for her script work, but decided against it. According to Jay Presson Allen, one speech from Hepburn's script was included in the film, but Hepburn was not given screen credit, because she wasn't a member of the Screen Writer's Guild. 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: Steward! More champagne.
Steward: But we're just about to land.
Aunt Augusta: Then you'll have to hurry, won't you?
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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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Serenade of Love
Lyrics by Jackie Trent
Music by Tony Hatch
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Shaggy-dog story has moments of humor but not enough heart...
15 January 2007 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Maggie Smith is questionably cast as a wacky British eccentric, enlisting the aid of her uptight "nephew" (the terrific Alec McGowen) to help her out of a complicated blackmail scheme. Lumbering comedy-drama adapted from a Graham Greene novel is heavily padded with pinched, salty wit and lots of gossipy chit-cat and theatrical flair. It can't compensate for a lack of substance in the story, nor that Smith is too smart of an actress to be completely convincing as this merry madcap. George Cukor directed, with a heavy hand. Lou Gossett and Cindy Williams are both fine in support, but the movie is a featherweight farce undercut by faded-memory pathos. More heart and humor would have sufficed. ** from ****


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