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December Flower (1984)

Newly widowed Etta visits her beloved Aunt M and discovers her bedridden and listless. Etta's struggle to restore M's dignity and cheer brings renewed meaning to Etta's life but also ... See full summary »

Director:

Stephen Frears

Writer:

Judy Allen
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jean Simmons ... Etta Marsh
Mona Washbourne ... Mary Grey
Pat Heywood Pat Heywood ... Mrs. Cullen
Bryan Forbes ... Harry Grey
June Ritchie ... Margaret Grey
Ann-Marie Gwatkin Ann-Marie Gwatkin ... Jill Grey
Richard Warner ... Dr. Waters
Richard Hope ... Dr. Mere
Jim Carter ... Dentist
Christopher Fulford ... Telephone Engineer
Alan David Alan David ... Cemetery Superintendent
Cyril Varley Cyril Varley ... Taxi Driver
Olive Pendleton Olive Pendleton ... Wool Shop Lady
Judith Davis Judith Davis ... Dress Shop Lady
Ann Aris Ann Aris ... Doctor's Receptionist
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Newly widowed Etta visits her beloved Aunt M and discovers her bedridden and listless. Etta's struggle to restore M's dignity and cheer brings renewed meaning to Etta's life but also reveals family secrets and forces confrontations with M's indifferent son and hostile daughter-in-law. Written by Flipper

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1987 (USA) See more »

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Granada Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Very good acting, but bring your Kleenexes!
23 July 2017 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

In December Flower, a woman comes to visit her sick aunt, and she stays to help take care of her. When I first started watching this movie, I thought Jean Simmons would play the sick aunt, since the movie was made in 1984. Surprisingly enough, she plays the niece! Both she and her aunt, played by Mona Washbourne, give excellent performances, but I'm giving you a fair warning, this is a hard film to watch. Mona is bedridden, very ill, and in some scenes catatonic, and this movie doesn't shy away from the difficulties of caring for someone in that condition. It's not graphic, but this is a very emotional movie.

If you like the type of movie that brings hope to someone in their eleventh hour, you'll probably want to watch this one and bring your Kleenexes. As a bonus, you'll see a very young Jim Carter, better known for his role as Mr. Carson in Downton Abbey!


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