Garbo Talks

Garbo Talks

Director: Sidney Lumet Cast: Anne Bancroft, Ron Silver, Carrie Fisher


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/15/2011
UPC: 0883904219354
Original Release: 1984
Source: Mgm Mod
Time: 1:44:00
Sales rank: 36,481

Cast & Crew

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

Technical Credits
Sidney Lumet Director
Andrzej Bartkowiak Cinematographer
Cy Coleman Score Composer
John Godfrey Set Decoration/Design
Larry Grusin Screenwriter
Burtt Harris Producer
Alan Hopkins Asst. Director
Anna Hill Johnstone Costumes/Costume Designer
Elliott Kastner Producer
Andrew Mondshein Editor
Jennifer Ogden Associate Producer,Production Manager
Philip Rosenberg Production Designer
James J. Sabat Sound/Sound Designer
Philip Smith Set Decoration/Design

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