Whisperers

The Whisperers

Director: Bryan Forbes

Cast: Bryan Forbes, Edith Evans, Eric Portman, Nanette Newman

     
 

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…  See more details below

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Whisperers is shamelessly manipulative, but no less effective for that. Bryan Forbes adaptation of Robert Nicolson's novel plays with the audience's emotions to the point that it becomes increasingly painful, making this uncompromising film too difficult for many viewers. Those who stick with it will be rewarded, however, not because the movie is actually conveying a deep or new message but because it provides the incomparable Dame Edith Evans with one of the few onscreen roles that demonstrated her amazing range and ability. Too often this treasure of an actress was given screen roles that played up her inclination toward haughtiness and/or dottiness. While she always imbued those roles with more than was required, they rarely taxed her. Whisperers calls upon her innermost resources, demanding a tour de force, and Evans rises to the challenge brilliantly and chillingly. Onscreen for almost the entire film, Evans is riveting throughout, whether stuffing tinned slices of bread into her mouth or heartbreakingly asking "Are you there?" of her voices after her husband has once again left her to her pathetic existence. Evans elicits an enormous amount of pity for the character, yet makes it clear that much of her problems are of her own doing. Her performance is haunting and mesmerizing, one of the finest of its decade. The film as a whole is merely good, not great, but Evans' work is a gem of impossible purity.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/15/2011
UPC:
0883904219484
Original Release:
1967
Source:
Mgm Mod
Time:
1:46:00
Sales rank:
40,624

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edith Evans Mrs. Maggie Ross
Eric Portman Archie Ross
Nanette Newman Girl Upstairs
Gerald Sim Mr. Conrad
Avis Bunnage Mrs. Noonan
Ronald Fraser Charlie Ross
Harry Baird Earl
Robert Russell Andy
Kenneth Griffith Mr. Weaver
Tom Kempinski Actor
Michael Lees Actor
Peter Thompson Publican
George Spence Actor
Max Bacon Mr. Fish
Robin Bailey Psychiatrist
Sarah Forbes Mrs. Ross (younger)
Michael Robbins Mr. Noonan
Leonard Rossiter National Assistance Official
Margaret Tyzack Almoner
Clare Kelly Prostitute

Technical Credits
Bryan Forbes Director,Screenwriter
John Barry Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Anthony Harvey Editor
Michael Laughlin Producer
Basil Newall Makeup
Peter James Set Decoration/Design
Ronald Shedlo Producer
Ray Simm Art Director
Gerry Turpin Cinematographer

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