The Whisperers (1967)





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The Whisperers stars Dame Edith Evans as a lonely old woman whose imagination is getting the better of her sanity. She insists that she hears "whisperers" plotting and planning against her at all times; she also believes that these imaginary entities are spying on her. So suspicious is Ms. Evans of her nonexistent whisperers that she fails to notice the very real predators around her. She is robbed of her life's savings by a nasty "friend" (Avis Brunnage), and is exploited by her estranged con-artist husband (Eric Portman) and her no-good son (Ronald Fraser) Even when she catches on to the duplicity of others, Ms. Evans is so far gone with her "whisperers" that the authorities refuse to believe her. Seedy and sordid though it may be, The Whisperers won Edith Evans the Best Actress award from the New York Critics' Circle. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Art House & International , Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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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
Peter Thompson
as Publican
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

All Critics (2)

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.

Full Review… | July 29, 2012

By the third act, I felt as boxed in as the protagonist.

Full Review… | February 8, 2008
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Audience Reviews for The Whisperers


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

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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An intriguing, slow paced look into the life of the elderly. The Whisperers tells the story of an impoverished old woman living alone in a seedy apartment who enjoys a rich fantasy life as an heiress. When she discovers stolen money hidden by her son, she believes her fantasy has come true. Writes one critic: "It's a pity this film isn't better known. It deserves a bigger audience. The superb work of photographer Gerry Turpin and Director Bryan Forbes made this bleak story all the better with just the right amount of closeups and odd-angle shots, and some striking film noir-like light and shadows. This would be a stunner in high-definition. Then, of course, you have the wonderful acting by Edith Evans, who plays the central character, "Mrs. Ross." Some think she got robbed out of the Oscar the year this was eligible, and they may be right." NOTES about the film: 1 Lead actress Dame Edith Evans was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, and won the BAFTA Award, the Silver Bear for Best Actress award at the 17th Berlin International Film Festival, the National Board of Review award, the New York Film Critics Circle award, and the Golden Globe Award all for Best Actress. 2 The title refers to the creatures a very poor, old lady (Dame Edith Evans) imagines in her paranoid fantasies. Directed by Bryan Forbes: Whistle Down the Wind (1961) The L-Shaped Room (1962) Séance on a Wet Afternoon (1964) King Rat (1965) The Wrong Box (1966) The Whisperers (1967) Deadfall (1968) The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969) 1970s The Raging Moon (1971) The Stepford Wives (1975) The Slipper and the Rose (1976) International Velvet (1978) 1980s Better Late Than Never (1982) The Naked Face (1984) Written by Robert Nicolson and Bryan Forbes Starring Edith Evans - Mrs. Ross Nanette Newman - The Girl Upstairs Harry Baird - The Man Upstairs Jack Austin - Police Sergeant Gerald Sim - Mr. Conrad Lionel Gamlin - Mr. Conrad's Colleague Glen Farmer - 1st Redeemer Oliver MacGreevy - 2nd Redeemer Ronald Fraser - Charlie Ross Kenneth Griffith - Mr. Weaver Avis Bunnage - Mrs. Noonan John Orchard - Grogan Peter Thompson - Publican Sarah Forbes - Mrs. Ross When Young Penny Spencer - Mavis Noonan Cinematography Gerry Turpin Editing by Anthony Harvey Release date(s) 24 August 1967 Running time 105 minutes Country United Kingdom

monsieur rick
monsieur rick

Only occasionally does a director reject conventional plots and melodramatic adventures in order to give us all of the depth of common human life. "The Whisperers" could have been another. Still, it is well worth seeing exactly as it is because of the superb performance by Dame Edith.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

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