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PG | | Drama, Comedy | 11 October 1996 (USA)
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After his mother's death, Collin Fenwick goes to live with his father's cousins, the wealthy, avaricious, and controlling Verena Talbo, and her compliant, earthy sister Dolly. When a city ... See full summary »

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Charles Matthau

Writers:

Truman Capote (novel), Stirling Silliphant (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Piper Laurie ... Dolly Talbo
Sissy Spacek ... Verena Talbo
Walter Matthau ... Judge Charlie Cool
Edward Furlong ... Collin Fenwick
Nell Carter ... Catherine Creek
Jack Lemmon ... Dr. Morris Ritz
Mary Steenburgen ... Sister Ida
Sean Patrick Flanery ... Riley Henderson
Joe Don Baker ... Sheriff Junius Candle
Charles Durning ... Rev. Buster
Roddy McDowall ... Amos Legrand
Grayson Fricke Grayson Fricke ... Young Collin
Scott Wilson ... Eugene Fenwick
Bonnie Bartlett ... Mrs. Buster
Mia Kirshner ... Maude Riordan
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Storyline

After his mother's death, Collin Fenwick goes to live with his father's cousins, the wealthy, avaricious, and controlling Verena Talbo, and her compliant, earthy sister Dolly. When a city slicker comes to town and convinces Verena to market Dolly's locally-famous tonic, Dolly finally gets some backbone, refuses to divulge the formula, and heads for a tree house with Collin and Catherine, the loyal maid. Verena, who has most of the town in her pocket, sics the law on the renegades. Dolly, Catherine, and Collin find a supporter in a retired judge, Charlie Cool, who's attracted to Dolly. Will Verena's venom win out? And what about that city slicker? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Life's Best Adventures Are Journeys Of The Heart. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Fine Line Features

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El arpa de hierba See more »

Filming Locations:

Wetumpka, Alabama, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$117,161, 13 October 1996

Gross USA:

$559,771

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$559,771
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The seventh pairing out of ten movies of comic actors and great friends Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. See more »

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Referenced in Walter Matthau: Diamond in the Rough (1997) See more »

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Marvelous adaptation with magnificent performances.
7 April 2002 | by herbqediSee all my reviews

This is a technically perfect adaptation of Capote's stunning story based upon partially on his own experiences. Laurie is all things Dolly should be: ethereal, giddy, of understated intelligence, committed, etc. Spacek had to stretch to play the cold-hearted sister, but that's what great actors do. It is leisurely paced, but that's totally in keeping with the story. Music, sets, and all are done with precision and with plenty of soul. Matthau and Lemmon have no scenes together, and for a change, Matthau plays the ethically superior character. Edward Furlong is perfect as the story's protagonist, and Mary Steenburgen steals each scene in which she appears.

I recommend this movie highly to all who enjoy character development and Southern-US Americana.


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