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The Winter Guest (1997)

R | | Drama | 24 December 1997 (USA)
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A recent widow who is determined to leave Scotland for Australia with her son gets an unexpected visit from her aging mother.

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Alan Rickman

Writers:

Sharman Macdonald (screenplay), Alan Rickman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Phyllida Law ... Elspeth
Emma Thompson ... Frances
Sheila Reid Sheila Reid ... Lily
Sandra Voe Sandra Voe ... Chloe
Arlene Cockburn Arlene Cockburn ... Nita
Gary Hollywood Gary Hollywood ... Alex
Sean Biggerstaff ... Tom
Douglas Murphy Douglas Murphy ... Sam
Tom Watson Tom Watson ... Minister
Jan Shand Jan Shand ... Café Proprietor
Sandy Neilson Sandy Neilson ... Passer-by
Billy McElhaney Billy McElhaney ... Bus Driver
Helen Devon Helen Devon ... Woman in Tea Shop
Harry Welsh Harry Welsh ... Boy in Teashop
Christian Zanone Christian Zanone ... Young Man in Church
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Storyline

The film centers on four pairs - Frances is a recent widow who wants to get away from Scotland to Australia with her teenage son Alex to escape her memories, arrival of her old mother Elspeth makes her reconsider her decision. Alex approaches his first sexual experience with neighbour girl Nita. Chloe and Lily are two old women who like to attend strangers' funerals and Tom with Sam are two schoolboys who skip school to play on the beach and talk. Written by Anonymous

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Come in from the cold. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and brief sensuality | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'invitée de l'hiver See more »

Filming Locations:

Elie, Fife, Scotland, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,305, 28 December 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$776,332, 29 March 1998
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Emma Thompson and Phyllida Law are real-life mother and daughter. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alex: Are you all right?
Frances: Don't keep asking.
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Connections

References Now, Voyager (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Take Me With You
Sung by Elizabeth Fraser (Cocteau Twins)
Music by Michael Kamen
Lyrics by Alan Rickman
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One of the best movies of the year
8 April 1999 | by grendel-28See all my reviews

Since it's an import I saw this one in 1998 and my movie years do not correspond well to the calendar ones, still a great movie all the same. Visually enchanting with a splendidly written dialogue - I caught myself thinking once or twice during the movie - "What a wonderfully insane script!" Having watched it twice in a row I got a thick Scottish accent as an added benefit. 10 out of 10 in my book.


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