The Whisperers (1967)


“The healthiest jobs, Mr. Ross, are the ones you keep. ” – Mr. Conrad

Number of Times Seen – 1 (18 Nov 2019)

Brief Synopsis – An elderly woman living on her own in a poor section of town has her life turned upside down when her son visits her and plants a package of stolen money in her apartment.

My Take on it – This is a movie that I had never heard of before coming across it n a list of movies that have received Oscar nominations for its performances.

Edith Evans is superb in the lead role and immediately makes us care about her character solely by the way that she carries herself and goes about her daily business.

The story itself lays out really well and Evans hes make things even more enjoyable to watch via her performance here.

She was very deservingly nominated for an Oscar for her work in this film and was the front runner after having won the BAFTA, Golden Globe and numerous other prestigious awards for her work here, yet lost to Oscar to Katharine Hepburn who won for Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? (1967).

Evans is able to make us believe her characters honesty, innocence and above all else her slight senility which allows for her to be paranoid about so many things yet in the end allows them to happen as is.

Her character is taken advantage of by all those that she meets whether friend or stranger yet somehow always clings to the hope that things will eventually turn out for the better.

The film is shot from the vantage point of this character which allows us to see things from her perspective.

The dialogue is great and gives the viewer a clear view of what is truly going on as the story moves along sometimes in ways that we might never expect.

Bottom Line – Very enjoyable story that is enhanced even more by the amazing performance by Evans. She is able to make us believe her characters paranoia and slight senility.  Her character is an innocent who is taken advantage of by anyone with who see encounters yet allows things to happen with the hope for better things to come. The movie is filmed from a great vantage point that allows us to really see things from her viewpoint.  The dialogue is written really well and allows us to get a clear idea of what is always going on as the story unfolds in ways that one might not necessarily expect. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Winning the Golden Globe for Best Actress—-Drama, as well as Best Actress honors from the BAFTAs, New York Film Critics Circle, National Board of Review and the Berlin Film Festival, Edith Evans was the awards season frontrunner for the Best Actress Oscar. However, in what many felt was a sympathy vote on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences part, the award went to Katharine Hepburn (who also scored at the BAFTAs) for her role in “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?”, which was also the final film for her longtime co-star and lover Spencer Tracy.(From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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