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The Whales of August [DVD]

Bette Davis , Lillian Gish , Lindsay Anderson    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Bette Davis, Lillian Gish, Vincent Price, Ann Sothern, Harry Carey Jnr
  • Directors: Lindsay Anderson
  • Producers: Mike Kaplan, Carolyn Pfeiffer
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: 8 July 2013
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00C96FZFS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,481 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Lindsay Anderson directs this 1980s drama following two sisters who return to the small Maine island where they used to spend summers when they were children. Bette Davies and Lillian Gish star as Libby Strong and Sarah Webber, a pair of widows who are drawn to each other's company and the island by loneliness. Libby is in poor health and spirits, but Sarah is enlivened by the company of a Russian fisherman (Vincent Price) and the memory of spotting whales from the island's cliffs.

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Two of the greatest motion picture actresses of all time Bette Davis and Lillian Gish unite their legendary talents in this beautifully photographed, intensely emotional drama that offers "unexpected and quite marvelous rewards". (The New York Times) Libby (Davis) and Sarah (Gish) are widowed siblings who have vacationed since children at the seaside cottage in Maine. Now in their eighties and with their husbands and what children they had behind them, they have only each other; Libby blind and resistantly dependent on her sister; Sarah still looking for new ways to see the world. Their relationship with their old friend Tisha and the arrival of a charming Russian gentleman will bring storms to the already turbulent ocean between them - an ocean which nevertheless runs deep. Starring Bette Davis and Lillian Gish, in what would be her last appearance on the screen, The Whales of August is a superb film and a lasting tribute two of the finest actresses in the history of cinema Special Features: Cast Filmographies Picture Gallery Subtitles

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful.......just beautiful 8 May 2009
By Dazman
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This film marks the end of an era for 3 of the main actors in this film, although Bette Davis did appear in one more film this was apparently her last film that she was to complete. This was to be the last film that both Lillian Gish, who looked great for for her age (92/93 at the time) and Ann Southern who was 78 at the time and also looked great for her age.

There's also fine support from Vincent Price.

This is primarily about 2 elderly sisters (Bette and Lillian) who are both coming to the end of their long lives, they are both widows who have lived at their seaside cottage for the past 50 years, whilst one sister wants to embrace new and exciting things in life, the other is bitter and unwilling to embrace change.

Over the course of the film they begin to get closer to eachother and embrace their lives together, for now and the future.

This is a film with a good and strong heart, it's warm and easy going and is a joy to watch a group of legendary actors doing what they always did best, the last few shots in particular are very subtle and moving, as the screen fades to black so too do the two main characters long and successful careers and their lives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars For my mother - a film to treasure 18 Jun 2007
I am dedicating this review to my dear late mother. She and I always loved to witness the quiet craftmanship of acting, directing and photography which unfold here.

Of course it is wonderful to see the thoughtful and totally convincing performances of the great actors, Lillian Gish and Bette Davis - however the quiet dignity of this work does not allow you to dwell on the performers as stars. From the opening moments when sepia gives way to colour - bringing us gently from past to present - this is a movie that captivates and enchants.

There is gentle humour and heart wrenching pathos in this little story - many memorable images are captured. Libby mourns her physical infirmities - Sarah takes strength from her little rituals - talking to the pictures of loved ones long departed.

The film is surely due a UK release on DVD - in the mean time catch it if you can at the National Film Theatre one day - or perhaps a repertory cinema.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle, Watchable Film 9 Jan 2014
By Yvonne
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Bought as a replacement for a VHS version. I am a Bette Davis fan so perhaps a little biased but this is a gentle film starring 3 excellent actors; Bette, Lilian Gish and Vincent Price all give sterling performances in what turned out to be the last film for two of them.
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will become a double classic as the actors are already from the classic era of Hollywood and the story itself is timeless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SIMPLY A MASTERPIECE 24 May 2014
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Watching these old top actors is a pleasure from the beginning to the end.No tricks,no computer annimations just first class acting
in a simple but beautiful story. The whole cast is making this movie a monument of film culture.
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