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The West Side Waltz (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 »

Director:

Ernest Thompson

Writers:

Ernest Thompson (play), Ernest Thompson (written for television by)
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Cast

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 Camille Saviola
Estelle Harris
Tsai Chin
Lorna Scott
Mary Pat Gleason
Kathy Bates ... Mr. Goo
Robert Pastorelli ... Sookie Cerullo
George Alvarez ... Construction Worker
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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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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The original Broadway production, which opened November 1981, had only five characters. The story was significantly expanded for the film version to include the bag lady, the boy friend, the coffee shop owner, the neighbors, etc. See more »

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Margaret Mary Elderdice: It's odd. Even though I seem to be getting smaller, my toes seem to get further away.
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Simply wonderful
31 October 2009 | by selffamilySee all my reviews

This is another of those well kept secrets that the movie world hide from us. Heaven only knows why. I found it almost by accident and started watching in trepidation, after all, the star rating it had been given was quite low. At first I didn't recognise Liza Minnelli, but when I did (albeit only a few seconds) I was amazed and impressed. As a previous writer has said, we forget she is an Oscar-deserving actor sometimes because we see her type cast so often. Shirley Maclaine seems to have become type cast now as a grumpy old girl, which is a shame because she does crazy so well too! Kathy Bates' cameo was lovely and the younger woman carried her role well too (sorry, bad with names). In all a well done, subtle and enjoyable film. I shall no doubt seek it out again.


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