The Whales of August ()

directed by Lindsay Anderson
featuring Bette Davis, Lillian Gish, Vincent Price, Ann Sothern, Harry Carey, Jr.

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A once-in-a-lifetime cast of veterans performs David Berry's play about Libby Strong (Bette Davis) and Sarah Webber (Lillian Gish), widowed sisters vacationing on a Philadelphia island for their 60th consecutive summer. Libby is blind and embittered, while Sarah is healthy, supportive, and almost annoyingly chipper. Their neighbor Tisha (Ann Sothern) tries to convince Sarah to put Libby in the care of her daughter, but Sarah hasn't forgotten Libby's moral support when her own husband died, and she won't entertain such ...

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Jan 20, 2009

Fantastic unusual movie!

I am an Ann Sothern fan - so perhaps that colors my perception - however, all of these cast members gave great performances - I was told that Lillian Gish was 102 when she starred in this film, with Bette Davis many years after she suffered a major stroke on the set of the tv series "hotel" - and Ann Sothern many years after she badly injured her back when a set fell on her during a live performance. Vincent Price and Harry Carey Jr. as well gave great performances, and so great to see Vincent in a non-horror role.

Tisha Sterling, Ann Sothern's real life daughter, also has a cameo or two as playing "tisha" (Ann Sothern's character) when young.

I really enjoy the great scenery in the movie each time, as it is cast in Maine - as well as the great acting - each member adds so much to their characters, and one feels that nothing is left to chance in the movie - each little point means something.

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