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Grey Gardens (1975)

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An old mother and her middle-aged daughter, the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy, live their eccentric lives in a filthy, decaying mansion in East Hampton.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale ... Herself
Edith Bouvier Beale ... Herself
Brooks Hyers Brooks Hyers ... Himself - Gardener
Norman Vincent Peale ... Himself (voice)
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The Maysles brothers pay visits to Edith Bouvier Beale, nearing 80, and her daughter Edie. Reclusive, the pair live with cats and raccoons in Grey Gardens, a crumbling mansion in East Hampton. Edith is dry and quick-witted - a singer, married but later separated, a member of high society. Edie is voluble, dresses - as she puts it - for combat in tight ensembles that include scarves wrapped around her head. There are hints that Edie came home 24 years before to be cared for rather than to care for her mother. The women address the camera, talking over each other, moving from the present to events years before. They're odd, with flinty affection for each other. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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She was the girl who had everything - Money, good looks and social position. her mother - a classic Bouvier beauty. Now they are living amongst the souvenirs of their lives. In Grey Gardens. This is their story. A love story. Sort of. Hailed as one of the oddest, most beautiful films ever.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,845, 8 March 2015

Gross USA:

$36,923

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$36,923
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Portrait Films See more »
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Mono

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Color

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1.37 : 1
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[first lines]
Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale: What're you doing down there? You staying there?
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Tea for Two
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Music by Vincent Youmans
Lyrics by Irving Caesar
Sung by Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale
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You can't have your cake and eat it, too in life.
17 March 2008 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

I really can't remember who recommended this, but they said it was one of their favorite films. It is certainly a strange one - like rubbernecking at a highway accident.

Someone said that truth is stranger than fiction, and the truth here is something to see. I really can't understand how a fictionalized account of this documentary is to be released this year. How can you improve on this? The aunt and cousin of Jackie Kennedy remove themselves from New York Society and hide in the Hampton's. In the process they become recluses and what is best described as "crazy cat ladies." They would have stayed hidden had not the city move to condemn the property for the filth and the subsequent rescue by Jackie. This film was done after that rescue. All during, you couldn't help but think, "how bad was it before?" It's a look at high society from the darker side, and it is utterly fascinating.


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