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Grey Gardens (2009)

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The lives of Edith Bouvier Beale and her daughter Edith, aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Director:

Michael Sucsy

Writers:

Michael Sucsy (teleplay), Patricia Rozema (teleplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 31 wins & 30 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Drew Barrymore ... Little Edie
Jessica Lange ... Big Edie
Jeanne Tripplehorn ... Jackie O.
Ken Howard ... Phelan Beale
Kenneth Welsh ... Max Gordon
Arye Gross ... Albert Maysles
Louis Ferreira ... David Maysles (as Justin Louis)
Daniel Baldwin ... Julius 'Cap' Krug
Malcolm Gets ... George 'Gould' Strong
Louis Grise Louis Grise ... Young Buddy (as Louis Grisé)
Joshua Peace ... Adult Buddy
Neil Babcock Neil Babcock ... Young Phelan Jr.
Ben Carlson Ben Carlson ... Adult Phelan Jr.
Olivia Waldriff Olivia Waldriff ... Young Jackie
Neil Girvan Neil Girvan ... Concierge
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Storyline

In 1973, documentary filmmaking brothers Albert Maysles and David Maysles decide to change the focus of their latest project from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to her aunt and older cousin, mother and daughter Edith Bouvier Beale - called Big Edie - and Edith 'Little Edie' Bouvier Beale, who were found living in squalor and isolation in the longtime family mansion, Grey Gardens, in East Hampton, New York. Through flashbacks starting in 1936, the path mother and daughter take from their socialite past to the time that the Mayles brothers show their completed film is shown. Big Edie's husband/Little Edie's father, Phelan Beale, controlled the family money, which included providing singing lessons to Big Edie with musician Gould Strong, with who she had more than a musical interest. Big Edie saw herself as a singer, first and foremost. Mother and father also controlled Little Edie's life, they who wanted her to stay at Grey Gardens rather than pursue her dream of becoming a professional ... Written by Huggo

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True glamour never fades

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Biography | Drama

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

HBO

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alithini polyteleia See more »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Little Edie's black bathing suit with yellow flowers is not a reproduction. It's a vintage piece from the same batch as the suit Miss Beale owned. It belongs to a fan of the original documentary, who lent to the film's production crew for the shoot. See more »

Quotes

'Little' Edith Bouvier Beale: [after seeing the 'Grey Gardens' documentary] It's an artistic smash!
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, where the American Humane Society's traditional credit is displayed, Little Edie's voice adds "No animals were harmed in the making of this movie." See more »

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References Gigi (1958) See more »

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Written by Sam Coslow & Richard A. Whiting
Performed by Eddy Duchin
Courtesy of Jasmine Records
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If you're stuck Edie, it's only with yourself.
18 April 2009 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

Taking the magnificent 1975 documentary and turning it into a dram is a big risk - and I really feel that it payed off.

What was really great was the back-story that you didn't get in the documentary. Ken Howard (Michael Clayton, "Crossing Jordan") played Big Edie's husband, Malcolm Gets ("Caroline in the City") played George "Gould" Strong, and Daniel Baldwin was Julius Krug, all important characters in the 1936 portion of the film.

Drew Barrymore was absolutely magnificent as "Little" Edie, and Jessica Lange was amazing as "Big" Edie. The passive-aggressive attitude displayed made for some super entertainment. The co-dependency made for some outstanding drama. They were an endearing couple.

Things were really in a disgusting state with cats and raccoons all over the place when Jackie Kennedy Onassis (Jeanne Tripplehorn) shows up after numerous stories made the papers outlining the fact that the women were broke.

They were so far gone that they couldn't see how badly they looked in the documentary made about them. Eddie still thought she was destined to be a star.

If Drew Barrymore doesn't get a Golden Globe for this, something is very wrong.


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