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The Whales of August (1987)

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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

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Drama

Oct 7, 2003

Nelson Entertainment

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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (5) | Rotten (3) | DVD (1)

This is not my cup of tea, but it is a fascinating last picture show for a likeable legendary acting troupe.

October 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
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The names of Lillian Gish, Bette Davis and Vincent Price will never be forgotten by film lovers. The Whales of August, on the other hand, surely will be.

April 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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A worthy film that affords the viewer a rare chance to see some fine acting by stars the like we'll not see again.

March 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Deeply moving drama about two elderly sisters who discover that it's never too late to change.

July 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

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.
February 6, 2011
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