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The Whisperers

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Original title
The Whisperers
Running time
105 min.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Bryan Forbes (Novel: Robert Nicolson)
John Barry
Gerry Turpin (B&W)
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Seven Pines
Drama | Free Cinema. Old Age. Poverty
Synopsis / Plot
The title refers to the creatures a very poor addled old lady (Edith Evans) imagines in her paranoid fantasies. They lurk behind every drip, drip, drip of a leaky faucet. They listen all coiled up in a silent radio. The old lady is on to all their tricks, and she tells them so repeatedly. She reports them regularly to the police who scoff at her behind her back. The whisperers, however, are only part of her fantasy life. She imagines also that she is a daughter of aristocracy, an heiress waiting for her money to arrive so that she can pay back the nice gentleman at the Welfare Board. Her routine is shattered irrevocably by the return of her thieving son and vagrant husband, a brief fling with stolen money ending dismally in the gutter where the poor prey on the poor.
1967: Academy Awards: Nominee to Best Actress (Edith Evans)
1967: Golden Globes: Best Actress - Drama (Evans). Nominated for Samuel Goldwyn Award
1967: BAFTA Awards: Best Actress (Edith Evans) and Best Cinematograph (B&W)
1967: Berlin: Silver Bear - Best Actress (Evans), OCIC, Interfilm (Honorable Mention)
1967: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Actress (Evans)
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