Garbo Talks (1984)




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When Estelle Rolfe (Anne Bancroft), a New York divorcee, discovers that she is dying, she tells her son Gilbert (Ron Silver) of her lifetime desire to meet the legendary Greta Garbo. Gilbert, determined that his mother will realize her dream before she dies, sets out to find Garbo and convince her to help.

Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Larry Grusin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 12, 2005
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


as Estelle Rolfe

as Gilbert Rolfe

as Lisa Rolfe

as Jane Mortimer

as Walter Rolfe

as Angelo Dokakis

as Sonya Apollinar

as Bernie Whitlock

as Elizabeth Rennick

as Shepard Plotkin

as Mr. Morganelli

as Mr. Goldhammer

as Claire Rolfe

as Dr. Cohen

as Puerto Rican Nurse

as 'Romeo and Juliet' D...

as Harriet

as Roger Kellerman

as Arresting Officer

as Construction Worker

as Black Officer

as Construction Worker

as Movie Shop Owner

as Garbo Doorman

as Construction Worker

as Garbo Maid

as Sanchez/Orderly

as Ferry Conductor

as Von Klammer

as Lady Capulet

as Flea Market Salescle...

as Flea Market Salescle...

as Himself

as Actors Equity Recept...

as Delivery Man

as Garbo #2

as Garbo #1
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Critic Reviews for Garbo Talks

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | September 2, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It's a misfire, where seemingly every move Lumet made was a misstep."

Full Review… | May 26, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

June 17, 2005

January 2, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Audience Reviews for Garbo Talks


Meeting a famous movie star, especially if you're a big movie fan, is one goal anyone can achieve until the very last minutes of your life. That's the case of Garbo Talks, and I liked it. When Estelle learns that she has a brain tumor and six months to live, she decides she must meet Garbo, so her son Gilbert hires a paparazzo to track Garbo down. As his obsession distances him from his wife, Gilbert's drawn to a struggling actress he meets at work. Can he find Garbo, and if so, will she talk? Starring the very good performances of Anne Bancroft, Ron Silver, Carrie Fisher, and Catherine Hicks.

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