The Whales of August (1987)

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Two aged sisters reflect on life and the past during a late summer day in Maine.



  • Bette Davis and Lillian Gish in The Whales of August (1987)
  • Lindsay Anderson and Lillian Gish at an event for The Whales of August (1987)
  • Lillian Gish in The Whales of August (1987)
  • Lillian Gish at an event for The Whales of August (1987)
  • The Whales of August (1987)
  • Lillian Gish in The Whales of August (1987)

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27 November 2000 | Boyo-2
Small and quiet
This movie is very slight and quiet and beautiful. There is some of the best cinematography you've ever seen, as the Maine coastline is used to full advantage and you can smell the sea breezes. In a movie like this, you appreciate it even more, because the characters keep talking about what a beautiful day it is, and you get to see what they mean.

As a previous comment mentions, the actors in this movie have hundreds of years of screen time between them, so you know you are in good hands. Lillian Gish is still one of the great beauties of the movies; even at this late age, she was still glowing. Bette Davis had already suffered a stroke so she looks very frail and thin. Last time she had an on-screen sister, Joan Crawford in "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane"?, they quarreled also, though obviously in a different way. Lillian and Bette get on each others nerves the way family members tend to do without even trying very hard.

Ann Sothern and Vincent Price make impressions in smaller parts and Sothern deserved her nomination, though Gish should have gotten one, too, and that would have been a fitting tribute to one of the pioneers of cinema.

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