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Holiday [VHS]

Katharine Hepburn , Cary Grant , George Cukor    Universal, suitable for all   VHS Tape
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant, Doris Nolan, Lew Ayres, Edward Everett Horton
  • Directors: George Cukor
  • Writers: Donald Ogden Stewart, Philip Barry, Sidney Buchman
  • Producers: Everett Riskin
  • Language: English
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Uca
  • VHS Release Date: 7 April 2003
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CNBJ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 284,379 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Liberal-minded Johnny Case (Cary Grant) wanders into a storm of trouble when he goes to meet his fiancée's wealthy family. His prospective father-in-law is not too impressed with Johnny's plan to take a 'holiday' in the early years of his life. Johnny is nonplussed - all he wants is to enjoy himself and find a direction while he is still able. However, he finds unlikely allies in the form of his future sister-in-law, Linda (Katharine Hepburn), and her tipsy brother, Nick (Lew Ayres).

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece cinema for all times 25 Oct 2003
Format:DVD
Like all the best comedy, the full effect of 'Holiday' arises out of the fact that it juxtoposes humour with real and unpaletable truths. Grant and Hepburn as Johnny and Linda - he the idealistic poor-boy-come-good and she the unmaterialistic black sheep of a wealthy family - battle against a fickle world concerned with material wealth and living out the WASP dream.
Edward Everett Horton as Linda's traditionalist father Mr Seaton and Doris Nolan as Linda's conventional sister Julia - initially Johnny's fiancee - provide the obstacles in the path of the the pair's voyage of self discovery. Brutally broken by the phony world he lives in but eager to aid Johnny and Linda's escape is Linda's dipsomaniac brother Ned (Lew Ayers), proving that theory that many a profound truth was spoken by a drunk. Rounding off a great ensemble cast are Johnny's friends Nick and Susan, who provide a Greek chorus for the battleground of idealism vs convention.
'Holiday' provides a cutting satire of the wealth culture that is as pertinent today as it was sixty years ago and the poignancy of Linda and Ned's oppression offset by her fiesty optimism provides more than enough emotional drive to power the film. Then of course there's the comedy: fast-cracking one-liners, great physical gags, a marvellous array of facial expressions and several acrobatic and musical feats provide something for all tastes, held together by an intelligent script. Hepburn as usual shines with enthusiam and sly wit, Grant is at his most animated, bemused and naive, and Lew Ayers puts in a wonderful performance.
How anyone can say that 'old' films are no longer appealing or relevant to a modern audience is baffling in the face of an offering like 'Holiday.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Katharine Hepburn made three films in a row with Cary Grant when she brought her career back after being branded "Box Office Poison." The pair had first made "Sylvia Scarlett" together in 1936, the infamous film where Hepburn's character pretended to be a boy. In 1938 they made the classic screwball comedy "Bringing Up Baby" with director Howard Hawks and in 1940 Hepburn returned to stardom and Jimmy Stewart won an Oscar for "The Philadelphia Story." The latter had been a play specifically written for Hepburn by Philip Barry. In between these two classic films, Hepburn and Grant did "Holiday," another film based on a Barry play. Hepburn had been the understudy for Hope Williams in the original 1928 Broadway production and it was the way she picked up a glass in her screen test of a scene from the play that inspired director George Cukor to cast the young actress in her debut film "A Bill of Divorcement." Now, five years later, he would direct her in the second movie version.
The story begins with us meeting Johnny Case (Grant), an engaging young man with some interesting ideas about life. At Lake Placid he met Julia Seton (Doris Nolan), fell in love, and proposed to her. Coming to New York City to meet her family, he arrives at a mansion and is shocked to learn that his beloved is one of THE Setons. Julia's father (Henry Kolker) is not sure what to think of his daughter's intended, but Julia's rather unconventional sister, Linda (Hepburn) thinks Johnny is wonderful. The problem is that Johnny's big plan is to make his fortune when he is young and then retire (i.e., go on a "holiday"), returning to work again when he gets older, which is heresy to old man Seton. He and Julia will try to teach Johnny the error of his ways, while Linda offers her support.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sophisticated Comedy That Still Sparkles Today 29 Sep 2003
By J. N. Valente VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Again cast opposite Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn is the rich, rebellious free-spirited daughter of the House that effortlessly seduces her sister's fiancée away with the cumplicity of her good for nothing but likeable brother played here to perfection by Lew Ayres as the stereotype of the spoilt playboy. An additional cast of anchor characters for Cary's character - as well as the household servants at Kate's mansion plus her indomitable father - leave little room for breathing in this fast-paced comedy!
The DVD features aren't really much to write home about - but hey!, this is a well-preserved classic that will charm many generations to come. At least it's subtitled in all the major european languages.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1930s commedy at its best 12 May 2008
Format:DVD
This is one of the best teamings of grant and hepburn. I won't tell you what is going to happen but the build up to the inevitable is brillaintly acted and paced. It's a gentler and more well observed than the screwball antics of 'bringing up baby' and much more in the style of 'the philadelphia story'. I'm not saying it's predictable in any way. It's one of those situations where you want the ending you get and can't wait for it to happen.
I love the pairing of grant and hepburn as much as grant and irene dunne, check out 'the awful truth' and 'my favourite wife' if you want to see a woman get the better of grant! Grant and hepburn as a team are superlative and I prefer them to hepburn and spencer tracy.
The observations on money and success are still relevant to today and we should all take heart from this.
I love this film and it it is definitely in my top ten. I cannot recommend it enough.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Holiday from laughs but a nice little trip nonetheless
It's not a screwball and not wildly funny but it is quirky, filmed with quiet style and confidence and acted very well throughout. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mario
5.0 out of 5 stars Holiday - Katherine Hepburn & Cary Grant
Holiday - 1938. An absolute joy from start to finish. An must for everyone who loves those comeddies from that golden era.
Published on 26 Feb 2012 by DaveyBoy
3.0 out of 5 stars very slight
Thought I'd give this a try after enjoying 'Bringing up Baby' but this is very dissapointing in comparison, to me anyway. Read more
Published on 22 Jan 2012 by midnightrider
2.0 out of 5 stars unfortunately . disappointment
Wonderful film, rapid delivery - BUT the last 25% of the film was obviously damaged.
Could not be shown, first time this has happened with an order from Amazon.
Published on 7 Nov 2011 by ulla tarras
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant film
"Holiday" is showing its age in that it is very doubtful if such a philosophical talky and litreate film oculd be made nowadays. Read more
Published on 28 Dec 2010 by Noeleen Grindle
5.0 out of 5 stars Grant, Hepburn, Cukor and fine supporting cast, what more do you want?
This is a curiously neglected film that did not even achieve the dignity of a DVD release in North America until the end of 2006. Read more
Published on 19 Aug 2010 by L. E. Cantrell
4.0 out of 5 stars What a double act
Another I hadn't seen but once again these two are a remarkable double act. They bounce off each other like electric currents. It will be watched quite a few times rest assured
Published on 25 Jun 2010 by Mr. T. HARWOOD
4.0 out of 5 stars Marvelously relevant for today
This is a marvelous film with two of Hollywood's greatest, Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn. It''s also a classic, Depression-era film in its focus on dysfunctional lives of the... Read more
Published on 7 Mar 2009 by Michael W. Perry
4.0 out of 5 stars Marvelously relevant for today
This is a marvelous film with two of Hollywood's greatest, Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn. It''s also a classic, Depression-era film in its focus on dysfunctional lives of the... Read more
Published on 7 Mar 2009 by Michael W. Perry
4.0 out of 5 stars Marvelously relevant for today
This is a marvelous film with two of Hollywood's greatest, Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn. It''s also a classic, Depression-era film in its focus on dysfunctional lives of the... Read more
Published on 7 Mar 2009 by Michael W. Perry
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