Travels With My Aunt (1999)




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In the lively comedy/adventure Travels with My Aunt, adapted from Graham Green's book, Henry (Alec McCowan), a timid, bookish accountant whose life seems to have died stillborn, discovers how to live with gusto thanks to the rough ministrations of his thoroughly eccentric aunt Augusta (Maggie Smith). Aunt Augusta bursts into Henry's life during the funeral for his mother, Augusta's sister. She whisks him to her apartment for a general cheering up, and he is thoroughly bemused by her bohemian ways and her much-younger black Caribbean boyfriend. In the next few hours, she manages to pry him from his dusty life and involve him in a series of incredible adventures involving old love affairs, espionage, kidnappings, and more money than he has ever dreamt of. Before the story ends, Henry has properly gotten into the spirit of his madcap aunt's adventuring.
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Maggie Smith
as Aunt Augusta Bertram
Alec McCowen
as Henry Pulling
Louis Gossett Jr
as Zachary Nicknamed 'Wordsworth'
Robert Stephens
as Ercole Visconti
Robert Flemyng
as Crowder
José Luis López Vázquez
as Mons. Dambreuse
John Hamill
as Crowder's Man
David Swift
as Detective
Valerie White
as Mme. Dambruese
Antonio Pica
as Elegant Man
Alex Savage
as Minister
Olive Behrendt
as Madame in Messagero
Nora Norman
as Stripper
Aldo Sambrell
as Hakim's Assistant
Charlie Bravo
as Policeman
Cass Martin
as Boat Skipper
Javier Escrivá
as Dancer in Messagero
William Layton
as Art Expert
Julio Peña
as Mons. Alexandre
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Critic Reviews for Travels With My Aunt

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

One of George Cukor's last (and least impressive) pictures, this version of Graham Greene's eccentric comedy is thematically similar to Auntie Mame but suffers from Maggie Smith's overly stylized turn and lack of rapport with Alec McCowen as her nephew.

Full Review… | July 28, 2008

Dampened by a hammy over-theatrical performance by Maggie Smith, too much useless gab and too many contrived plot turns.

Full Review… | January 16, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Agressive whimsey eventually wears out its welcome.

November 23, 2005
Las Vegas Review-Journal

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November 18, 2004
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Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Travels With My Aunt

Maggie Smith is a delight but this type of tale seems most appropriate for children to watch on a Disney afternoon while the parents nap.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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Another Auntie Mame type Film for this Quirky,childless Auntie!!! I loved this, I still haven seen the 1st half hour,nor have I ever experienced Maggie Smith young before

Marilee Aschwanden
Marilee Aschwanden

Travels with My Aunt (1972) -- [5.0] -- The combination of the great George Cukor and the ever-acerbic Maggie Smith doesn't add up to anything compelling in this 'Auntie Mame' wannabe. The screenplay, based on Graham Green's novel, is distractingly episodic and Smith's performance is over-the-top even for her. The tone is muddled and the score is overly precious, but if you look for a silver lining you'll find some marvelous sets and some surprisingly good makeup effects that make 1972 Maggie Smith look pretty much the way she does today!

Scott Schirmer
Scott Schirmer

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