The Whales of August (1987)




Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Movie Info

A once-in-a-lifetime cast of veterans performs David Berry's play about Libby Strong (Bette Davis) and Sarah Webber (Lillian Gish), widowed sisters vacationing on a Philadelphia island for their 60th consecutive summer. Libby is blind and embittered, while Sarah is healthy, supportive, and almost annoyingly chipper. Their neighbor Tisha (Ann Sothern) tries to convince Sarah to put Libby in the care of her daughter, but Sarah hasn't forgotten Libby's moral support when her own husband died, and … More

Rating: PG (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: David Berry
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 7, 2003
Nelson Entertainment


as Sarah Webber

as Libby Strong

as Tisha Doughty

as Mr. Maranov

as Joshua Brackett

as Mr. Beckwith

as Old Randall

as Young Randall

as Young Libby

as Young Tisha

as Young Sarah
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for The Whales of August

Friend Ratings

No Friends? Inconceivable! Log in to see what your friends have to say.


Critic Reviews for The Whales of August

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (6)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Whales of August

This stuffy drama will interest anyone who likes movies about the elderly, but other wise, I'd say stay away from it. It's very boring, slow, and by the middle, I didn't care about the story anymore.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

gr8 last picture for Gish and Vincent Price I love this movie gr8 chemistry between Gish & Davis. also last pic 4 the gr8 ann southern.

If you love dramas with old people sitting around talking about old people stuff, you will love this movie. Unfortunately that isn't my idea of a good time, so I was totally bored with this movie, I didn't even watch the whole thing. I wanted to see Vincent Price, I love him, but his character didn't seem to add much to the story anyway.

Lisa Spader

The Whales of August Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss The Whales of August on our Movie forum!