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The Grass Harp Details

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Based on the novel by Truman Capote, this often-witty coming-of-age drama looks at a young man growing up with an unusual family in the Deep South in the 1940s. After the death of his parents, Collin Fenwick (Edward Furlong) finds himself living in a small town with two of his aunts, Dolly (Piper Laurie) and Verena (Sissy Spacek). Verena is the more stable of the two, an entrepreneur who controls a number of local businesses and rules the roost with a firm hand. Dolly, on the other hand, is a gentle eccentric who claims to hear the voices of the dead as the wind whistles through the grass, and has developed a homemade concoction that supposedly cures dropsy. Dolly's potion attracts the attention of Morris Ritz (Jack Lemmon), a smooth-talking con man from Chicago who wants to snatch the formula away from her. Along the way, Collin also gets to know Catherine (Nell Carter), Verena and Dolly's quick-witted house maid; Amos (Roddy McDowall), a barber who is also the town's one-man rumor mill; Charlie Cool (Walter Matthau), a charmingly cynical retired judge with an opinion about everything; and Sister Ida (Mary Steenburgen), an accordion-toting traveling evangelist who has had a heroic brood of 13 children without benefit of marriage. The Grass Harp was directed by Charles Matthau, the son of Walter Matthau. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast

Piper Laurie
as Dolly Talbo
Sissy Spacek
as Verena Talbo
Walter Matthau
as Judge Charlie Cool
Edward Furlong
as Collin Fenwick
Nell Carter
as Catehrine Creek
Jack Lemmon
as Morris Ritz
Sean Patrick Flanery
as Riley
Roddy McDowall
as Amos Legrand
Veronica Lauren
Grayson Fricke
as Young Collin
Danny Nelson
as Doctor
Cicely Tyson
Charles Durning
as Reverand
Boyd Gaines
as Narrator
Joe Don Baker
as Sheriff
Joan Plowright
Mary Steenburgen
as Sister Ida
Mia Kirshner
as Maude

Crew

Charles Matthau
Director
Charles Matthau
Producer
Jerry Tokofsky
Producer
John Winfield
Producer
Truman Capote
Book Author
Stirling Silliphant
Screenwriter
Kirk Ellis
Screenwriter
John A. Alonzo
Cinematographer
Patrick Williams
Composer (Music Score)
Patrick Williams
Songwriter
Sid Levin
Editor
C. Timothy O'Meara
Editor
Paul Sylbert
Production Designer
Chris Gorak
Art Director
Stan Jolley
Art Director
Stirling Silliphant
Co-producer
Kirk Ellis
Co-producer
Albert Wolsky
Costume Designer
Mary Jo Slater
Casting
Shay Griffin
Casting
Gary Pilkinton
Special Effects Assistant
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