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This bittersweet comedy is, among many other things, a tour de force for the marvelous Anne Bancroft. The star is cast as Estelle Rolfe, an unconventional divorcee who resides in New York, in close proximity to her grown son Gilbert (Ron Silver) and his wife Lisa (Carrie Fisher). Though his wife yearns to move back to her home state of California, Gilbert cannot quite cut the silver cord that binds him to his mother. Upon learning that Estelle is dying, her dutiful son offers to honor her last request to meet the reclusive actress Greta Garbo. The rest of the film plays wonderful variations on this theme, involving such peripheral characters as a gay Garbo fan (Harvey Fierstein), an elderly Shakespearean actress (Hermione Gingold), a "female Joe Papp" director (Denny Dillon), and an ageing papparazzi (Howard Da Silva). Without giving away the ending, it is worth noting that the divine Garbo shows up in the person of playwright/lyricist/ performer Betty Comden. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Anne Bancroft Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1984 Nominee

Cast

Anne Bancroft
as Estelle Rolfe
Ron Silver
as Gilbert Rolfe
Catherine Hicks
as Jane Mortimer
Carrie Fisher
as Lisa Rolfe
Steven Hill
as Walter Rolfe
Howard Da Silva
as Angelo Dokakis
Harvey Fierstein
as Bernie Whitlock
Hermione Gingold
as Elizabeth Rennick
Richard B. Shull
as Shepard Plotkin
Michael Lombard
as Mr. Morganelli
Ed Crowley
as Mr. Goldhammer
Alice Spivak
as Claire Rolfe
Maurice Sterman
as Dr. Cohen
Antonia Rey
as Puerto Rican Nurse
Court Miller
as "Romeo and Juliet" Director
Denny Dillon
as Elaine
Karen Shallo
as Harriet
Adolph Green
as Himself
Betty Comden
as Garbo
Max Alexander
as Roger Kellerman
Stephen Burks
as Black Officer
Roderick Cook
as Von Klammer
Leila Danette
as Augusta
Tony di Benedetto
as Construction Worker
Burtt Harris
as Construction Worker
Harry Madsen
as Delivery Man
Mary McDonnell
as Lady Capulet
Mervyn Nelson
as Movie Shop Owner
Jose Santana
as Sanchez/Orderly
John Ring
as Garbo Doorman
Nadine Darling
as Flea Market Saleslady
Peter Gumeny
as Arresting Officer
Anne Gartlan
as Garbo Maid
Andrzej Bartkowiak
Mary McDonnell
as Lady Capulet
John Ring
as Garbo Doorman
Leila Danette
as Augusta
Stephen Burks
as Black Officer
Max Alexander
as Roger Kellerman
Jose Santana
as Sanchez/Orderly
Mervyn Nelson
as Movie Shop Owner
Anne Gartlan
as Garbo Maid
Tony di Benedetto
as Construction Worker
Burtt Harris
as Construction Worker
Harry Madsen
as Delivery Man
Roderick Cook
as Von Klammer
Peter Gumeny
as Arresting Officer
Nadine Darling
as Flea Market Saleslady

Crew

Sidney Lumet
Director
Burtt Harris
Producer
Jennifer Ogden
Producer
Elliott Kastner
Producer
Larry Grusin
Screenwriter
Andrzej Bartkowiak
Cinematographer
Andrew Mondshein
Editor
Philip Rosenberg
Production Designer
Jennifer Ogden
Associate Producer
James J. Sabat
Sound/Sound Designer
Jennifer Ogden
Production Manager
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