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The West Side Waltz (1995)

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Movie 23 November 1995
Margaret keeps her neighbours at a distance and avoids contact except with Cara. She enjoys her company just for making music since Cara plays the violin accompanying Margaret at the piano.... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shirley MacLaine ... Margaret Mary Elderdice
Liza Minnelli ... Cara Varnum
Jennifer Grey ... Robin Ouiseau
August Schellenberg ... Serge
Richard Gilliland
Hal Williams ... Jonno
Ernest Thompson Ernest Thompson
Camille Saviola
Estelle Harris
Tsai Chin
Lorna Scott
Mary Pat Gleason
Kathy Bates ... Mr. Goo
Robert Pastorelli ... Sookie Cerullo
George Alvarez ... Construction Worker


Margaret keeps her neighbours at a distance and avoids contact except with Cara. She enjoys her company just for making music since Cara plays the violin accompanying Margaret at the piano. Because of her arthritis she accepts the housemaid Robin who wants to become an actress. With this naive pretty girl her life gets suddently really exciting and she makes a lot of new friends. Written by Gerhard Windecker <g.wind@mbox300.swipnet.se>

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A story that invites you to rediscover the joy of living, the power of friendship and the wisdom of age.




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Release Date:

23 November 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Valsa da Vida See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Two _"Seinfeld" (1989)_ co-stars appear: Danny Woodburn as the mechanic and Estelle Harris as a neighbor. See more »


Mr. Goo: You an actor, or just crazy?
Robin Ouiseau: Both, but don't tell anybody about the actor part. It's a secret.
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Endearing and Marvelous!
31 March 2005 | by pmac1978See all my reviews

I remember seeing this film when it originally aired. Thanksgiving night of 1995. I fell in love with the characters. It really is a New York City film. The titles open with glorious Aeriel shots of the world trade center, central park, and the busy envrioment of west 72nd street.

Shirley Maclaine and Liza Minnelli are perfect foils for each other. Maclaine is delightful as the curmudgeonly Margaret Mary Elderdice . Made Bitter by time, her late husband and former room mate (who committed suicide when the bills got too high). Liza Minnelli cuts the mustard in this flick. Her portrayal of Cara is proof positive that she is indeed a very talented actress. Quite capable of playing great character roles. Not one trace of "LIZA" is on screen. Jennifer Grey is adorable (and quite stunning, albeit with the help of a plastic surgeon. Just watch Dirty Dancing and you'll see what I mean) . She displays great comic timing and is a good balance for her two very seasoned leading ladies. In the end Waltz is a story about the human condition, Self discovery, making peace within one's self and finding one can change . It is a tale of growing friendship . My only complaint was...I wanted more! Mr.Thomspon should be commended for rendering a top notch adaptation of his already clever and heart-warming stage play.

For the longest time it was only possible to find this flick on Lifetime. Usually about 3 am in the morning. This past winter it was released on DVD . Grab it if you can.

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