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The Whales of August (1987)

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90 min | Drama

It's August. Like they have most summers, elderly widowed sisters Libby Strong and Sarah Webber, who live in Philadelphia, are staying together in the family's summer cottage on an island off the coast of Maine. The cottage, which now ...See moreIt's August. Like they have most summers, elderly widowed sisters Libby Strong and Sarah Webber, who live in Philadelphia, are staying together in the family's summer cottage on an island off the coast of Maine. The cottage, which now belongs to Sarah, has been in their family most of their lives, was the family's summer getaway from Philadelphia when they were younger. There are a few people who have been friends or acquaintances on the island, including the outspoken Tisha Dought, and Joshua Brackett. Someone new at least to Sarah's social circle is Mr. Maranov, a former Russian aristocrat. His stay on the island is threatened when his landlady, Hilda Partridge, passes away. Sarah and Libby have come to the realization they are in the respective twilight of their lives, Sarah, who still keeps busy and wants to savor life's pleasures, acts as now sightless, cantankerous and bitter Libby's caregiver. Sarah knows she can no longer take care of Libby. As such, Sarah has to make alternate living arrangements instead of the Philadelphia house.Those arrangements will not involve Libby's estranged daughter Anna, who has the means to take care of her mother, although not the want. It is their interactions with Tisha and Mr. Maranov which may decide their sisterly fate for the immediate future. Written by Huggo See less
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Oct 14, 1987 (United States)

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Bette Davis
Libby Strong Libby Strong   See fewer
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Lillian Gish
Sarah Webber Sarah Webber   See fewer
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Vincent Price
Mr. Maranov Mr. Maranov   See fewer
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Ann Sothern
Tisha Doughty Tisha Doughty   See fewer
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Harry Carey Jr.
Joshua Brackett Joshua Brackett   See fewer
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Frank Grimes
Mr. Beckwith Mr. Beckwith   See fewer
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Margaret Ladd
Young Libby Young Libby   See fewer
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Tisha Sterling
Young Tisha Young Tisha   See fewer
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Mary Steenburgen
Young Sarah Young Sarah   See fewer
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Frank Pitkin
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Mike Bush
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7.5 / 10 | 3,728 votes