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Keeping Mum (2005)

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A pastor preoccupied with writing the perfect sermon fails to realize that his wife is having an affair, and his children are up to no good.

Director:

Niall Johnson

Writers:

Richard Russo (screenplay), Niall Johnson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rowan Atkinson ... Walter Goodfellow
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Gloria Goodfellow
Maggie Smith ... Grace Hawkins
Patrick Swayze ... Lance
Tamsin Egerton ... Holly Goodfellow
Toby Parkes Toby Parkes ... Petey Goodfellow
Liz Smith ... Mrs. Parker
Emilia Fox ... Rosie Jones
James Booth James Booth ... Mr. Brown
Patrick Monckton Patrick Monckton ... Bob - Pond Workman
Rowley Irlam ... Ted - Pond Workman
Vivienne Moore Vivienne Moore ... Mrs. Martin
Murray McArthur ... Vicar's Convention Master of Ceremonies
Morgan Gower Morgan Gower ... Reverend Campbell
Rupert Simonian ... Billy Martin the Bully
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Storyline

Walter Goodfellow (Rowan Atkinson), the vicar for the small English country parish of Little Wallop, has allowed his marriage to Gloria (Kristin Scott Thomas) go stale, and he is so detached from his family, that he has not taken notice that his seventeen-year-old daughter Holly (Tamsin Egerton) is going through a succession of relationships with unsuitable boyfriends, and his son Petey (Toby Parkes) fears going to school, owing to being bullied. Out of desperation for affection, Gloria begins to fall for the advances of Lance (Patrick Swayze), an American golf pro who is giving her "private" lessons. The problems upsetting the family start to fade away after Grace Hawkins (Dame Maggie Smith), the new housekeeper, arrives and starts tending to matters as an older, and rather darkly mysterious version of Mary Poppins. Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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Taglines:

Schweigen ist Silber - Vergraben ist Gold (Silence is silver, but burying is golden) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA | Isle Of Man

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Secrets de famille See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$169,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,112, 17 September 2006

Gross USA:

$1,619,466

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,586,834
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(dvd) | (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

UK area code 01632 is not allocated to any area and is reserved especially for fictional use in films, television shows and books. It is recommended that numbers beginning 01632 are used wherever a realistic landline number is needed, unless a more specific block of fake numbers exists. The 01632 area code is usually followed by a random six-digit number, mimicking the style of phone numbers found in much of Britain. See more »

Goofs

When everyone is taking the trunk upstairs, the shadow is visible above Grace's head moving around. See more »

Quotes

[the housekeeper's trunk, which has arrived before her, has a nametag reading "Grace"]
Reverend Walter Goodfellow: Do you think it's a sign?
Gloria Goodfellow: No. I think it's a trunk.
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Referenced in The Lady in the Van (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Did You Ever Wonder Why?
(2005)
Produced and Written by Dickon Hinchliffe
Sung by Dickon Hinchliffe and Cara Dillon
Guitar: Neil Fraser
Engineered by Philip Bagenal at Eastcote Studios and Mat Bartram at Angel Studios
Mixed by Ian Caple
Published by Keeping Mum Productions Ltd
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User Reviews

 
Wonderful and unexpected enjoyment
4 February 2006 | by minsikauSee all my reviews

We went along not really knowing anything about this film or seeing anything. My daughters 16, 25 and wife tagged along.

surprise a simple and not overly taxing film to watch we all enjoyed the black comedy and did not expect the end. We did say to each other how can they end this film on a happy note. Will it just end in disaster? They carried it off perfectly and we left feeling that we had our moneys worth, and discussing the deeper meaning portrayed therein.

The treatment of death, happiness and how to get rid of our neighbor's dog!

Rowan ATkinson we surprisingly good and played his part as an almost straight vicar very well and we thought there was a good mixture of good bad and evil strewn about the film.

Not a taxing film to watch, make a good entertainment as so many try to involve you in a complex plot you have to be constantly remembering who was that.


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