The Whisperers

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Movie Info

Elderly Mrs. Ross (Edith Evans) loses her grip on reality when she begins to hear "voices" that seem to be conspiring against her. Separated from her dishonest husband, Archie (Eric Portman), and living alone, Mrs. Ross is patiently waiting for a windfall from her late father's nonexistent estate. When her thieving son, Charlie (Ronald Fraser), stashes a large sum of stolen cash in her apartment, Mrs. Ross finds it, assuming the money is her long-awaited inheritance.

Cast

Edith Evans
as Mrs. Maggie Ross
Eric Portman
as Archie Ross
Nanette Newman
as Girl Upstairs
Gerald Sim
as Mr. Conrad
Avis Bunnage
as Mrs. Noonan
Ronald Fraser
as Charlie Ross
Kenneth Griffith
as Mr. Weaver
Max Bacon
as Mr. Fish
Robin Bailey
as Psychiatrist
Sarah Forbes
as Mrs. Ross (younger)
Michael Robbins
as Mr. Noonan
Leonard Rossiter
as National Assistance Official
Clare Kelly
as Prostitute
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Critic Reviews for The Whisperers

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  • A vestige of a withering generation swallowed by the impoverishment of their once privileged class, Forbes opens in what feels like Charlotte Perkins Gilman territory as a character study.

    August 10, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • It is all presented as if it were being offered as serious social comment on life in Britain today. And it is being accepted as such by American reviewers.

    March 19, 2020 | Full Review…
  • An investigation of this sort into the phenomenology of old age is rare and praiseworthy and an actress who can demonstrate the basic positions is possibly unique... Edith Evans takes the curse off this with a wealth of quirky observation.

    February 10, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The film is odd and uneasy : through coarse-grained effects it keeps slamming shut doors it has half-opened. But the central performance is a great one.

    July 6, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Dame Edith Evans received Best Actress Oscar nomination and the N.Y. Film Critics award for this grim psychological drama about an elderly women who hears threatening (imaginary?) voices.

    July 29, 2012 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • By the third act, I felt as boxed in as the protagonist.

    February 8, 2008 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Whisperers

  • Aug 23, 2012
    grim, spooky, depressing as all hell yet utterly fantastic. dame edith should've won an oscar
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