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Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Bette Davis , Olivia de Havilland , Robert Aldrich    DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead, Cecil Kellaway
  • Directors: Robert Aldrich
  • Writers: Henry Farrell, Lukas Heller
  • Producers: Robert Aldrich, Walter Blake
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Aug 2005
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009NZ2MO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,501 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Poor Charlotte Hollis. She's been shunned by the community for decades, ever since the fateful night in 1927 when her lover was hacked apart with an axe. Her antebellum southern mansion is slated for the bulldozer, as it stands in the way of highway construction. Charlotte's only hope lies in her cousin Miriam (Olivia de Havilland), coming down from up north to help settle things. Miriam, however, has other designs. Together with her boyfriend Drew (Joseph Cotten), she embarks on a scheme to systematically drive Charlotte out of her mind (not a great leap) and get her mitts on the family fortune. From there, things only get more complicated. Charlotte puts the "gothic" in southern gothic, as a great showcase for completely bizarre, overwrought, and out-of-control performances from all involved. Agnes Moorehead plays Charlotte's loyal, dishevelled housekeeper to the hilt, with an odd inflection that calls to mind Amos and Andy more than southern gentility. As the drunken, conniving Dr. Drew, Cotten's accent is indeterminate at times, and seems to come and go. As great as the supporting players are, though, the crown goes to Bette Davis as the shrieking Charlotte, a portrait of isolation and decay stuck in a world of tragic delusions inside her crumbling mansion. De Havilland is a close second as the scheming Miriam; the scene where she slaps the holy snot out of a hysterical Charlotte is itself worth the price of admission. Mary Astor (in her last role) and Cecil Kellaway (as a kindly Lloyd's of London adjuster) put in the only performances with any restraint, acting as counterweights for the rest of the cast. Besides, you'll never get another chance to see Joseph Cotten playing the harpsichord and singing, or caked in mud and lily pads! With Robert Aldrich's claustrophobic direction, Charlotte is as Southern as a field of kudzu, and as subdued as a train wreck. --Jerry Renshaw


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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll be stuck to the chair! 28 Aug 2006
By David R. Bishop VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Bette Davis gives a great performance, sometimes chewing the scenery, sometimes understated, as a Southern recluse, slowly going mad, or is she?

She is the victim, rather than the tormentor, the role she played in '... Baby Jane. Olivia De Haviland stepped in to play her mysterious 'Yankee' cousin from New York. She too gives a top performance, chillingly dark, seething with a repressed jealousy and hatred. Joan Crawford was to take that role, but she gave up part way through the production, claiming that Bette Davis had turned the rest of the cast and the crew against her.

In fact the fim is packed with great performances. It is as though these great stars from a generation earlier siezed the chance to be in a major film again, and put everything into their acting. Mary Astor is superb, and Agnes Moorhead (best known for playing 'Endora' is 60s T.V. 'Bewitched'), picked up a supporting role Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Velma Cruthers, the scary, but ultimately very loyal servant. Joseph Cotton and Cecil Kellaway are fine too, but this is really a film for its female stars.

Back in 1964, this was considered a horror film. By today's standards, the horror is mild and laughable, but it still works, in my opinion, as a great suspense thriller. Some might consider it a high camp classic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another camp classic from Aldrich and Davis 2 Nov 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Bette Davis teams up with Robert Aldrich again for this camp classic about a southern family with a skeleton in its closet. Bette does have a few serene moments before all hell breaks loose (the scene early on around the dinner table is a ham's delight) and Olivia de Havilland (in her last hurrah on the big screen) gets to give Davis hell. The film also offers the opportunity to see some great actors in the twilight of their careers (including Mary Astor in a swansong cameo) which for me was the main attraction. You get the feeling that Aldrich has just sat back and let the actors take over which in the end isnt a bad thing.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 60s movie from this genre. 18 Nov 2007
By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is the movie I've watched numerous times, but upon the beginning of every viewing, always seem to have forgotten the outcome of the story. This was the second film on a similar theme to 'Baby Jane' made two years earlier, but far more complex, and as a consequence, can at times appear a little over-long. Agnes Moorehead deservedly earns herself an award here as the faithful and loyal servant of the alleged crazy 'Miss Charlotte' (played by Bette Davis) Compare Moorehead's performance to that of her role in the US 60s sitcom: 'Bewitched' and you will see what I mean! Olivia de Havliand is at her most cold and cunning in this, as Charlotte's cousin Miriam. There is one spectacular and un-missable scene between she and Moorehead at the top of the stairs when one character is highly suspicious of the other. Some of the best movies in this genre from the 60s were led by women such as the aforementioned; 'Baby Jane', Whatever Happened To Aunt Alice' and Britain's 'The Beast In The Cellar', and somehow have more impact, and are more disturbing, because of their sex.

'Hush Hush' almost has the exact same cast as starred in 'Baby Jane', and it would have been complete but for Joan Crawford, who because of the strain of working with Davis in 'Baby Jane', after only a short time of filming had been forced to drop out, and was replaced by de Haviland. The switch could have potentially been fatal to the success of this picture, but for de Haviland's outstandingly cold performance!

One of the extras on this DVD is the original Trailer - re-mastered (Trailers are not often polished up), and is one of the very best I have ever seen for this type of movie!

True movie gold!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bette Davis in Southern Gothic Pot-boiler 3 Oct 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This is Bette Davis' second film with director Robert Aldrich, and it could be described as the cousin to it. However, in 'Baby Jane' Davis had the upper hand, in 'Charlotte' she is the victim. Trapped in a crumbling mansion in America's deep south, at the mercy of her scheming relatives, Davis gives an over the top performance, ably supported by Olivia de Havilland who replaced Joan Crawford after she dropped out of the project. Despite not being in quite the same class as 'Baby Jane' there are some great scenes and the film has remained popular, ...
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Format:DVD
This was meant to be the sequel for Whatever happened to Baby Jane, and they say that sequels aren't as good. In this case they are completely wrong, i prefer this to Baby Jane, and in fact i think it is one of my favourite Bette Davis pictures. Agnes Moorehead stars in this and she is fantastic. All the actors, actresses work brilliantly together.
The twist at the end of the film is extremely clever as well.
I was annoyed when i discovered this film even existed and you couldn't buy it anywhere in the uk, now though, being released here im extremely pleased i did decide to order it.
I also bought this DVD without knowing there were any special features, so when i discovered there was a trailer, which is also enjoyable, i was quite pleased.
Hope you enjoy this fantastic film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Whatever Happened to Joan Crawford? 10 April 2008
Format:DVD
A couple of years after their successful teaming in 'Whatever Happened to Baby Jane' director Robert Aldrich and star Bette Davis were reunited for this frenetic monochrome shocker. As Joan Crawford was unavailable Olivia de Havilland replaced her.

A lengthy prologue takes us back to 1927 Louisiana where young Charlotte (Davis) is about to run off with her married lover when he is viciously murdered after suddenly rejecting her. Local opinion has it that Davis was responsible and as we move to the present (or 1964) she is now a pitiful, confused chatelaine, alone and adrift in her antebellum mansion with only loopy maid Agnes Moorehead for company and whose only purpose is to scare the town's young children.

This Havishamesque reverie is shattered by the news that her splendid home is set to make way for a new road and as the demolition squad moves in, her grip on reality, already loose, slips further.

When her cousin Miriam (de Havilland) turns up to help, things take a turn for the worse as Davis's eccentricities plunge toward madness. But is all as it seems? Was Davis responsible for the murder? Is her lover really dead? Who or what are responsible for the noises in the night?

Aldrich delivers an atmospheric, polished slice of Southern Gothic containing a demented, barnstorming performance from Davis as the southern belle gone wrong and impressive support from de Havilland in a less showy role. Joseph Cotten and Mary Astor round out the Golden-Age-of-Hollywood cast.

One of a spate of early-60s thrillers that followed in the wake of 'Psycho' this stands above the competition thanks to its sterling performances and willingness to go for the throat.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, super and scary.
As always, Bette Davis excels in this role. Excellent screenplay, well acted , and never disappoints. Read more
Published 9 days ago by mary harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
Scared the life out of me when I was little....would really love to get 'Whatever happened to Baby Jane' but it's too expensive..
Published 1 month ago by Sue
4.0 out of 5 stars Melodrama at its best
Davis is fantastic as the spinster shunned by society for a crime she did, or did not, commit. The cool acting of de Havilland is a great foil for the histrionics of Davis. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jason A Strathdee
4.0 out of 5 stars Glorious Southern Gothic Delirium.
Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte is directed by Robert Aldrich and written by Henry Farrell and Lukas Heller. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Spike Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars Bette Davis AND Olivia de Havilland in one film, perfect!
Might seem a bit dated by today's film standards but it's still a classic and also Bette gets slapped by Olivia, now who would had the temerity to do that? Read more
Published 3 months ago by Yvonne
5.0 out of 5 stars deceiptful
I would recommend this DVD to anyone who likes a twist in the tale. It is a good black/white psychological thriller without too much unnecessary violence. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Michael McNamara
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
Bette Davis was fantastic in her days all her films are just amazing can be watched many times very enjoyable
Published 9 months ago by dave
5.0 out of 5 stars Hush , Hush Sweet Charlotte
Very exciting and scary film in which Bette Davis is tremendous as usual (as is Joan Crawford).and Joseph Cotton is excellent.
Published 10 months ago by D. Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars Davis at her best again..
I admit to being totally in awe of the late Bette Davis anyway, so, a film from her that I had never seen before is always a challenge and, this was a doozie. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Inquisio
5.0 out of 5 stars fab
im a mad bette davies fan i really liked this film is a classic the picture was ok too . good buy
Published 15 months ago by maz
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