The Fourth Annual Bette Davis Blogathon – The Whales of August (1987)


This is the second of three posts dedicated to The Fourth Annual Bette Davis Blogathon being held over at In The Good Old Days of Hollywood.

Tnx Crystal for letting me take part!

“Anna has never been very daughterly… and you have never been very motherly.” – Libby Strong

Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Apr 2019)

Brief Synopsis – Two aging sisters reminisce about their younger days as they await the final days of summer.

My Take on it – This is another Bette Davis film that I knew absolutely nothing about before choosing it for this blogathon.

The fact that it has an amazing cast led by Davis, Lillian Gish, Vincent Price and Ann Southern gave me much hope that this would be interesting to watch.

Unfortunately, the stars are the best part of this film because the story itself is quite mediocre.

There really isn’t much of a plot and the film deals mostly with the conversations between these two sisters and their friends about what life was like many years ago compared to now.

The way that things are presented comes across as being quite boring and things meander along quite slowly.

The biggest problem is the fact that they fail to give us something interesting to cling to besides watching these great actor perform.

The dialogue manages to hold things together but since things move along extremely slowly, the story is hurt by it.

Southern was the only member of this cast to nominated for an Oscar for her performance here and this turned out to be her sole Oscar nomination of her career.

Since this was her very last movie performance, I guess it’s nice that she was able to go in to retirement on a high note.

Bottom Line – Mediocre story that is helped immensely by the performances of screen legends Davis, Gish and Southern. The story itself is somewhat boring and meanders along throughout since it fails to really give us something very interesting.  The dialogue is what holds things together but things move much too slowly which hurts things a lot. Southern was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her performance here.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Screen legend Lillian Gish was 93 when she co-starred in this film, making her the oldest actress ever to feature in a leading role. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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One thought on “The Fourth Annual Bette Davis Blogathon – The Whales of August (1987)

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