The Whisperers (1967) - Drama

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Elderly Mrs. Ross lives alone in her meager flat, scraping by on government assistance even as she claims to have great wealth. After finding stolen money she is victimized, making it necessary to find her support in her declining years.

IMDB: 7.1
Director: Bryan Forbes
Stars: Edith Evans, Nanette Newman
Length: 106 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 4 out of 26 found boring (15.38%)

One-line Reviews (10)

She seems to make the most of her drab atmosphere.

Sad, dreary and moving .

Dreary, dark, depressing .

The last great title during this winning streak was the marvelously acted and directed drama "The Whisperers", a fascinating character study, a perceptive portrait of old age on the verge of senility, a rousing combination of lonely people, desperate poor persons, violent rogues and a parade of civil servants, all attempting to survive in a kingdom that once was an empire and now is plagued with struggles and confrontations.

After a slow recovery, Social Services manages to contact her husband Archie and reunite them.

This was before Barry settled into that languid style when many of his scores seemed interchangeable.

There are many goo reasons to watch this gritty, incredibly depressing and yet rewarding film, but the biggest thrill for me was the unexpected cameo by Leonard Rossiter.

Not to be overlooked was Eric Portman, who entered the movie about halfway through and he, too, was riveting.

This movie was indeed well-acted, but I found it too slow moving and depressing to possibly recommend to anyone other than acting students.

As the other reviewers have pointed out, the film is filled with melodramatic cops and robbers plot elements that detract from the engrossing story of this aging woman.