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The Grass Harp (1995)

PG | | Drama, Comedy | 11 October 1996 (USA)
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After his mother's death, Collin Fenwick goes to live with his father's cousins, the wealthy, avaricious, and controlling Verena Talbo, and her compliant, earthy sister Dolly. When a city ... See full summary »

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Charles Matthau

Writers:

Truman Capote (novel), Stirling Silliphant (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Piper Laurie ... Dolly Talbo
Sissy Spacek ... Verena Talbo
Walter Matthau ... Judge Charlie Cool
Edward Furlong ... Collin Fenwick
Nell Carter ... Catherine Creek
Jack Lemmon ... Dr. Morris Ritz
Mary Steenburgen ... Sister Ida
Sean Patrick Flanery ... Riley Henderson
Joe Don Baker ... Sheriff Junius Candle
Charles Durning ... Rev. Buster
Roddy McDowall ... Amos Legrand
Grayson Fricke Grayson Fricke ... Young Collin
Scott Wilson ... Eugene Fenwick
Bonnie Bartlett ... Mrs. Buster
Mia Kirshner ... Maude Riordan
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Storyline

After his mother's death, Collin Fenwick goes to live with his father's cousins, the wealthy, avaricious, and controlling Verena Talbo, and her compliant, earthy sister Dolly. When a city slicker comes to town and convinces Verena to market Dolly's locally-famous tonic, Dolly finally gets some backbone, refuses to divulge the formula, and heads for a tree house with Collin and Catherine, the loyal maid. Verena, who has most of the town in her pocket, sics the law on the renegades. Dolly, Catherine, and Collin find a supporter in a retired judge, Charlie Cool, who's attracted to Dolly. Will Verena's venom win out? And what about that city slicker? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Life's Best Adventures Are Journeys Of The Heart. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Fine Line Features

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El arpa de hierba See more »

Filming Locations:

Wetumpka, Alabama, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$117,161, 13 October 1996

Gross USA:

$493,007
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In "Carrie" (1976), Piper Laurie and Sissy Spacek played mother and daughter, respectively. Here, they play sisters. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Peters: Shame on you Dolly Talbo, sittin up in that tree like a drunken Indian, smoking on cigarettes like a common... Floozy
Mrs. Buster: Floozy
Catherine Creek: Preacher lady don't you be callin Ms. Dolly here no floozy now, why I come down there and slap you bow-legged.
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Referenced in Hollywood Remembers Walter Matthau (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Long Ago (and Far Away)
Written by Jerome Kern, Ira Gershwin
Performed by Glenn Miller and The United States Army Air Force Band (as The Army Air Force Band)
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Truman Capote's Vision Comes to Life...Exquisitely!
24 April 2005 | by MybookshelfSee all my reviews

A wonderful adaptation of a favorite book. The casting is fun and unexpected and once you see the film it is hard to imagine anyone else in the roles - they just ARE the characters.

The style and tone of the directing are pitch-perfect. The period and setting were captured in every detail. The cinematography looks like a painting and the score is hauntingly beautiful.

The exquisite performances make you forget you are watching world class famous stars. They just crawl inside the skin of the characters and bring them to life. Mr. Capote would have loved it.

The movie made me laugh and made me cry. I wish the DVD had deleted scenes and extras because I was left wanting more.

I am off to buy the soundtrack.


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