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THE WHALES OF AUGUST

Lindsay Anderson | 1987 | 90 MINS
USA
A deeply moving drama about two elderly sisters who discover that it’s never too late to change.

In Detail

Anderson’s final narrative feature brought together two Hollywood legends from a bygone era: the silent star Lillian Gish and Bette Davis, one of the firebrands of Hollywood’s golden age.

They play widowed sisters from Philadelphia, who spend their summers together on the coast of Maine. The surroundings cause them to reflect on their lives and the events that came to define them.

Even though they didn’t get along on set, the two actors make for a compelling screen presence, their characters’ relationship bolstered by the performances of veterans Vincent Price, Harry Carey Jr. and Ann Southern, who was nominated for an Oscar.

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