The Whisperers

1967

Action / Drama

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Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 67% · 6 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 58% · 100 ratings
IMDb Rating 7.2/10 10 1476 1.5K

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Top cast

Nanette Newman as The Girl Upstairs
Leonard Rossiter as Assistance Board Officer
Edith Evans as Mrs. Ross
Margaret Tyzack as Hospital Almoner
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Weirdling_Wolf 8 / 10

moodily shot in darkly evocative monochrome, Brian Forbes's singularly bleak 'The Moodily shot in darkly evocative monochrome, Brian Forbes's singularly bleak 'The Whisperers'

The supremely versatile film-maker, Bryan Forbes directs a remarkably bleak and eerily unsettling treatise on the multifarious cruelties inherent with old age. 'The Whisperers' (1967) remains a forceful, extraordinarily persuasive work of melancholic cinema that has lost none of its considerable power to enthral and perturb with equally forceful cinematic rigour! It would be greatly remiss of me if I failed to praise maestro, John Barry's truly magnificent score!

No small admirer of, Brian Forbes's dazzlingly ecclectic cinema, I passionately believe that 'The Whisperers' remains one of his finest films. Exquisitely shot, with exemplary performances, the magisterial, Edith Evans on positively mesmeric form, movingly delivering one of cinema's most genuinely affecting performances. It is tantamount to a cultural travesty that this monochrome masterpiece has long been allowed to mildew away in undeserved obscurity. 'The Whisperers', along with the equally unsettling existential nightmare 'Séance on a Wet Afternoon' are arguably two of the more compelling dramas produced during the UK's dynamic Renaissance of the 1960s. Hopefully some tasteful, forward-thinking celluloid archivist might soon release this exceptionally fine film on a restored, features-packed Blu-ray!

Reviewed by Weirdling_Wolf 8 / 10

Understated dark majesty.

'The Whisperers' (1967) is understated dark majesty.

The supremely versatile film-maker Bryan Forbes directs a remarkably bleak and eerily unsettling treatise on the multifarious cruelties inherent with old age. 'The Whisperers' (1967) is an extraordinarily persuasive work of macabre cinema that has lost none of its considerable power to enthral and perturb with equally forceful rigor. I have long been an avid fan of Forbes's sublime cinema, and I still passionately feel that 'The Whisperers' remains one of his very finest films. One must absolutely mention the extraordinary Edith Evans who is completely mesmerizing, and surely delivers one of cinema's most genuinely affecting performances here; and it is tantamount to a cultural travesty that this masterpiece has been allowed to mildew away in entirely unwarranted obscurity. Forbes's 'The Whisperers' along with his equally unsettling, chill-inducing existential nightmare 'Séance on a wet afternoon' are arguably two of the most rewarding works of darkly immersive melodrama produced within the UK's tremendously exciting cinematic Renaissance of the 1960s. (Hopefully some tasteful, forward-thinking label might soon release this fine film on a fully restored features-packed Blu-ray!)

Reviewed by edwagreen 5 / 10

The Whisperers- Loudly A Stinker**1/2

The film's redeeming quality is the performance of Dame Edith Evans. Dame Edith, who was so good in "The Nun's Story," 8 years before, shines here in the lead role of an elderly woman, living a bleak existence is a run-down part of London.

With her miserable existence, Dame Edith seems to survive doing charitable work, attending church services and complaining about her life's daily existence. She seems to make the most of her drab atmosphere. The scene, particularly at the beginning, reminded me very much of that in "How Green Was My Valley."

The film also brings out that while the government attempts to aid the elderly in England, they really don't do a very good job.

The crime element here of Mrs. Ross (Edith Evans) being a victim is subordinate in relation to her difficult life. Her husband walked out on her so many years before and her son is jailed for robbery.

Eric Portman, as her husband, plays the husband who returns to her after many years, when contacted by the police following Mrs. R's near fatal bout with pneumonia. You know he is never coming back after he literally falls into all that money.

"Are you there,?" Mrs. Ross asks after returning home. The emptiness of her life shall continue, but there must be some renewed satisfaction on her part for being able to resume the life she led-alone for so long.

The picture doesn't succeed here because we're longing for better days for Mrs. Ross. Those happy days, away from her for so long, are not coming back.

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