The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987)

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A middle-aged spinster falls in love with a fellow resident of her boardinghouse, who mistakenly believes she has the money to help him start a new business.


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  • Bob Hoskins and Maggie Smith in The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987)
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4 April 2012 | jm10701
Mediocre soap opera containing the single greatest acting performance ever filmed
This is a mediocre movie containing one performance so brilliant and so powerful and so beautiful that it deserves ten stars all by itself. Obviously I'm talking about Maggie Smith as Judith Hearne. The other actors - Hoskins, Kean, McNiece and the rest - are fine, but beside Smith in THIS role they come off as amateurs.

The story is so annoyingly melodramatic and manipulative that I would have turned it off if Smith hadn't been there in almost every scene, transforming a cheap soap opera into a vehicle for the finest, smartest, rawest, most moving and most exhilarating acting performance I have ever seen in the thousands of movies I've watched in the past 60+ years.

Thank God this performance was not made tawdry and commonplace by winning an Oscar. It is much too good for so sleazy an award.

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