Travels With My Aunt

Travels With My Aunt

DVD - 2011
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'They're killing him bit by bit!' Flamboyant, flame-haired 70-plus Augusta Bertram has opened a package containing a finger that recently belonged to her years-ago lover. The victim's kidnappers continue mailing expendable body parts, and Augusta enlists the aid of her stuffy nephew in a mad to-the-rescue adventure across Europe in pursuit of $100,000 in ransom money. The scramble to save a life just might also liberate the nephew's life-starved soul.
Publisher: [United States] : Warner Classics, 2011
Edition: Remastered ed
Branch Call Number: DVD Comedy TRAVELS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (109 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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This 1972 movie, based on the Graham Greene novel of the same name tells the story of Aunt Augusta Bertram who drags her unwilling nephew on a wild journey across Europe in search of her former lover's kidnapper.


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swyckl
Jul 18, 2017

I liked this DVD. It has some funny moments. It has a surprising ending. After the middle-aged adopted son of the aunt meets his aunt, she turns his stable and predictable life upside down (poor guy). He meets his birth father truth his Aunt. One of the main characters is an aging elderly senior citizen. The Aunt/Birth Mother lives an unconventional life style. Her morals are much looser than her sister. The sister raised the child born out of wedlock. The sister has stronger morals and lived a more stable and predictable life style. The sisters did not talk to each other for many, many years. The calmer sister did not approve of the bohemian sister. The script is strong. It is well acted. It is good for all ages. The story is slow moving. You may relate to the experience of the actors. I like Maggie Smith as an actress.

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biffblack
Apr 09, 2017

Terrible in every way, painful to watch. The movie fails as camp, although it manages to combine intense boredom with mild queasiness. I've never seen Maggie Smith give such a wretched performance. She's miscast, she overacts in the same screeching key throughout, and looks absurd in dowager make-up. (She was around age 38 at the time -- too early to be playing at 70.) Originally, Katharine Hepburn was to be in the role, but she would have been all wrong, too, given the abominations the script consists of. The only actress I can think of from that era who MIGHT have brought off the impossible combination of grande dame/grifter is Grayson Hall. She had both the hauteur and the twinkling humor steeped in irony that Smith doesn't.

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KatherineHere
Apr 15, 2016

This is not captioned, so very hard to understand what's spoken. Film is very outdated and on the silly side.

xaipe Jan 07, 2016

This a 1972 movie based on a story by Graham Greene. Maggie Smith was nominated for an Academy Award for her part and it's easy to see why. The story is about the antics of Augusta Bertram as she flits about various European cities with her nephew in a search for her former lover's kidnapper. Maggie Smith is successfully made up to look 70, but there is a scene showing her dancing without makeup looking very much like her award-winning young Desdemona in Othello. The plot is dated fluff, but seeing an hilarious Maggie Smith at full throttle is wonderful and well worth watching.

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tenet
Aug 05, 2015

Rated 6/10.

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garycornell
Jul 18, 2014

Maggie Smith makes this a Five Star Movie on her own. She is off all over Europe with her nephew. Great script, great cast, and lots of adventure. Give this a try. I think you will be well rewarded. (I love Maggie Smith, so forgive me if I get a little carried away).

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