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Garbo Talks (1984)




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This bittersweet comedy is, among many other things, a tour de force for the marvelous Anne Bancroft. The star is cast as Estelle Rolfe, an unconventional divorcee who resides in New York, in close proximity to her grown son Gilbert (Ron Silver) and his wife Lisa (Carrie Fisher). Though his wife yearns to move back to her home state of California, Gilbert cannot quite cut the silver cord that binds him to his mother. Upon learning that Estelle is dying, her dutiful son offers to honor her last request to meet the reclusive actress Greta Garbo. The rest of the film plays wonderful variations on this theme, involving such peripheral characters as a gay Garbo fan (Harvey Fierstein), an elderly Shakespearean actress (Hermione Gingold), a "female Joe Papp" director (Denny Dillon), and an ageing papparazzi (Howard Da Silva). Without giving away the ending, it is worth noting that the divine Garbo shows up in the person of playwright/lyricist/ performer Betty Comden.more
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Larry Grusin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 12, 2005
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


Anne Bancroft
as Estelle Rolfe
Ron Silver
as Gilbert Rolfe
Carrie Fisher
as Lisa Rolfe
Catherine Hicks
as Jane Mortimer
Steven Hill
as Walter Rolfe
Howard Da Silva
as Angelo Dokakis
Dorothy Loudon
as Sonya Apollinar
Harvey Fierstein
as Bernie Whitlock
Hermione Gingold
as Elizabeth Rennick
Richard B. Shull
as Shepard Plotkin
Michael Lombard
as Mr. Morganelli
Ed Crowley
as Mr. Goldhammer
Alice Spivak
as Claire Rolfe
Maurice Sterman
as Dr. Cohen
Antonia Rey
as Puerto Rican Nurse
Court Miller
as 'Romeo and Juliet' D...
Karen Shallo
as Harriet
Max Alexander
as Roger Kellerman
Peter Gumeny
as Arresting Officer
Tony DiBenedetto
as Construction Worker
Stephen Burks
as Black Officer
Burtt Harris
as Construction Worker
Mervyn Nelson
as Movie Shop Owner
John Ring
as Garbo Doorman
Tony di Benedetto
as Construction Worker
Anne Gartlan
as Garbo Maid
Jose Santana
as Sanchez/Orderly
David Hammil
as Ferry Conductor
Roderick Cook
as Von Klammer
Mary McDonnell
as Lady Capulet
Nadine Darling
as Flea Market Salescle...
Joan de Marrais
as Flea Market Salescle...
Adolph Green
as Himself
Didi D'Errico
as Actors Equity Recept...
Harry Madsen
as Delivery Man
Betty Comden
as Garbo #2
Nina Zoe
as Garbo #1
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Critic Reviews for Garbo Talks

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Full Review… | September 2, 2008
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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It's a misfire, where seemingly every move Lumet made was a misstep."

Full Review… | May 26, 2011
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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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