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The whales of August

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In English, with optional English subtitles.


Bette Davis, Lillian Gish, Vincent Price, Ann Sothern, Harry Carey Jr., Mary Steenburgen, Margaret Ladd, Tisha Sterling,

Publication Information

New York, NY : Kino Lorber, [2017]

Physical Description

2 videodiscs (90 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.


Not rated.


Libby and Sarah are widowed siblings who have vacationed for half a century at a seaside cottage in Maine. Now in their eighties, the sisters have unexpectedly arrived at an impasse: while Sarah embraces change and the possibility of romance with a courtly Russian suitor, the stubbornly bitter Libby rages at the inevitability of death. As the summer months wane, can Libby and Sarah rediscover the powerful bonds of memory, family, and love?


Title from container.

Based on the play by David Berry.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1987.

Special features: Audio commentary by producer Mike Kaplan, moderated by film critic Stephen Farber ; Peer talk: the raw September 1986 interviews with stars Bette Davis, Lillian Gish, Vincent Price, Ann Sothern and Harry Carey Jr. ; Behind the camera: raw September 1986 interviews with director Lindsay Anderson, cinematographer Mike Fash and production designer Jocelyn Herbert ; interview with actress Mary Steenburgen ; interview with actress Margaret Ladd ; interview with actress Tisha Sterling ; interview with executive producer Shep Gordon ; Mike Kaplan vignette 1--Bette Davis ; Mike Kaplan vignette 2--Cab ride ; Mike Kaplan vignette 3--Cliff Island ; Never apologize--Malcolm McDowell on Lindsay Anderson ; theatrical trailer.

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