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The Chalk Garden (1998)

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Release Date: Jan 1, 1998 Wide

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This film adaptation of Edith Bagnold's play stars Deborah Kerr as Miss Madrigal, the secretive new governess of British "problem child" Laurel (Hayley Mills). Both Madrigal and faithful butler Maitland (John Mills) are aware that Laurel's atrocious behavior stems from her belief that her oft-married mother (Elizabeth Sellars) does not love her. Madrigal determines to straighten out Laurel before she becomes totally unmanageable and hurts someone else. She knows what she's doing; Madrigal has

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The screen adaptation of Bagnold's famous play is so so, but the acting, especially of Dame Edith Evans, is excellent.

April 11, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Audience Reviews for The Chalk Garden

We have seen movies about unruly kids before - kids who scare away governesses. Usually (like Sound of Music), the governess solves the kids' issues with some caring, and falls for the widower who hired her. The Chalk Garden is a little different. It is the grandmother who hires the governess, and in this case the governess is a convicted murderer. Interesting film.
April 25, 2012
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Wonderful psychological game of cat and mouse. A tad reserved, not a bad thing in this situation, excellent performances all around.
August 25, 2008
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    1. Miss Madrigal: Do you usually interview applicants at the door?
    – Submitted by Ron K (2 years ago)
    1. Judge McWhirrey: No thanks, I'll pass. Alcohol in the middle of the day is exciting when you're thirty, but disasterous at 70.
    – Submitted by rick b (2 years ago)
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