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Keeping Mum [Blu-ray]

Kristin Scott Thomas , Liz Smith , Niall Johnson  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kristin Scott Thomas, Liz Smith, Emilia Fox, Rowan Atkinson, Maggie Smith
  • Directors: Niall Johnson
  • Producers: Keeping Mum ( Trunk ), Keeping Mum, Trunk
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2, Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Run Time: 103.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008YO25IY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,816 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Australia released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C : it WILL NOT play on regular DVD player. You need Blu-Ray DVD player to view this Blu-Ray DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), English ( Dolby TrueHD ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (2.35:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Gloria Goodfellow has a normal life in the countryside along with her family. She's the mother of two children, one precocious teenager girl and a timid boy, who's been bullied by a bunch of kids from his school. Occassionally, their peace is disrupted by a neighbor's annoying dog or a meddler neighbor. Gloria's husband, Reverend Walter Goodfellow, is a clumsy but well respected priest, who's preparing to give a speech in a religious convention at Cornwall. One morning a charming, efficient and quite kind lady, Grace Hawkins, arrives to work as a housekeeper at the Goodfellows' house. The family's life will change forever, because Grace will care for its integrity in her own special way. First, Grace will help Walter to relax and find his funny side during masses. Then, Grace finds out that Gloria is having an affair with her golf instructor, a sort of pervert American man, interested in Gloria's daughter as well. Last but not least, Grace will manage herself to get rid of the bullies who are giving a hard time to Petey. Despite this ideal reality, Gloria will discover a secret that Grace has been hiding... for more than 40 years. ...Keeping Mum ( Trunk )

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147 of 148 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Homicidal Old Lady Movie Ever! December 25, 2006
This is probably the most touching film about homicidal old ladies I have ever seen. Grace (Maggie Smith) is not your ordinary homicidal grandmother - she has a heart of gold. When she comes into the life of the Reverend of Little Wallop (Rowan Atkinson) she immediately takes a proprietorial interest in his family's wellbeing. Before long Grace is proactively sorting out a lot of family problems - the son's bullies, the daughter's awful boyfriends, the Reverend's lack of confidence and his wife's marital woes. At the same time, a number of people and animals that get in the way of Grace's plans start disappearing. She is so charmingly innocent and so completely well-intentioned that it is hard to hold her methods against her. In fact, I spent most of the film cheering for her. Grace is a very rare character indeed (the closest approximate I can think of is Angela from "Sleepaway Camp II & III" - possibly a younger variation of the same creature) and we need more like her.

The film is undoubtedly aided by an excellent cast. The central character, the reverend's frustrated wife Gloria, is played by the very convincing (not to mention attractive) Kristin Scott Thomas who effectively carries most of the film. Maggie Smith is adorable as the innocently-menacing Grace. Patrick Swayze is perfect as the hunky lothario/sleazoid pursuing both Gloria and her daughter. Jeez, he aged well, and I think he was perfect for this part (which is sort of a compliment). Given first billing despite performing in what was essentially a supporting role,is Rowan Atkinson in probably his most subdued role ever as the Reverend of Little Wallop. Don't let that deter you if you're a fan. He still manages to be hilarious without having to lift a finger and when he does go into full comedy mode he is marvellous.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Grace March 29, 2008
The Goodfellow family needs more than just a housekeeper. They need a miracle.

What they got was Grace.

When Grace (Maggie Smith) arrives, she finds Gloria (Scott Thomas) somewhere between an affair and going crazy. Golf Pro Lance (Swayze) is encouraging her to swing more than a club. Clarence, the little dog next door has been yelling nonstop for days and the deaf old man who owns him, can't hear and doesn't seem to care. Walter (Atkinson) her vicar husband, has forgotten there's romance in the "Bible" and he's so lost in his tending his congregation, he's even lost his sense of humor. Teenaged Polly (Egerton) is experimenting with sex--and not for the first time. Peter (Parkes) is getting beaten up by the school bullies.

Grace quickly sets to work setting things to rights. On the surface, she's quite an endearing old lady who soothes with a cup of tea and a magic word, but her methods run far deeper than that--just don't look in the nearby pond!

If you love British comedy, particularly the darker varieties thereof, you're going to enjoy "Keeping Mum." There's more than one surprise twist. Of particular interest is a golf lesson between Lance and Gloria just filled with double entendre.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "My husband totally lost his head over another woman..." February 20, 2007
This is a delicious twist on Mary Poppins with Maggie Smith playing the

"trunk killer"...that is she was sent to an institution because she was traveling with a trunk that carried the cut up remains of her philandering husband and his mistress.

Now she's back and doing housework for a minister's family in a small English town. Her approach to problems is to eliminate them...literally.

How can you suspect such a charming, smiling, old lady?

As for the minister, our Maggie Smith has some suggestions...lighten up your sermons with religious jokes and spice up your personal life with a little sex. I loved the "reading" of the Song of Solomon in the of the best readings of King James selections that was moving and erotic.

This is good fun and a must for Maggie Smith fans.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gentle comedy with a hint of the sinister February 24, 2007
By helia
I absolutely adored this rather understated and very engaging British film. Everything was just so fun considering it's about a sweet little elderly lady who applies a slightly twisted sense of morality to help a family with domestic problems. The family is a bit of a mess. Kristin Scott Thomas is the backbone of the story. She's frustrated with her life, her daughter is a bit of wayward teenager, her son is being bullied and her husband played by Rowan Atkinson is a little boring and a little self-absorbed. In comes Maggie Smith who plays Grace Hawkins a grandmotherly type who exudes understanding and warmth with her own special brand of helpfulness. But then again, the way she deals with life's problems is questionable although effective - "You can't just kill people because you disapprove of them" to which Grace replies, "That's what my doctors kept saying. It was the one thing we could never agree on."

Everything from the dream cast to the clever writing to the charming music sets an overall tone of gentleness with a hint of the sinister. I particularly enjoyed the music and the locations. The music is soft and tender but at times, it also has an edge - exactly like the story. The film is beautifully shot with locations in Cornwall and the Isle of Man. I really liked the village - its normal and sweet setting is a perfect backdrop to Grace's not normal but still sweet mentality.

Black comedy is a tricky genre of film and the British do it well. If it's handled with too heavy a hand it can teeter between the uncomfortable and the painful. Here, the director, writers and actors handled it with just enough of a touch that this film is brilliantly endearing and you just can't help laughing at something you really shouldn't be laughing at.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Rown & Maggie Show 'em How
One of the funniest films I've seen in a long time.Hasn't been on cable for some time.LOVE Rowan Atkinson as the clueless minister/vicar. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Ellen
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fun, dark comedy!
Published 12 days ago by Helen W.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite comedies!
This is a little known gem of a British comedy with outstanding actors. And even Patrick Swayze is great as a self-centered American golf pro and ladies man. Read more
Published 22 days ago by JP
5.0 out of 5 stars Rowan at his best
Low key British humor. Pay attention, it sneaks up on you.Acting is superb. It's for anyone that likes good dialog.
Published 1 month ago by Laureen Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!
Love this movie and I'm so happy to have gotten it at such a deal! Plays perfectly and my mom loved.
Published 2 months ago by Kupo
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this
Quite humorous. Predictable but I still liked it a lot. I love Maggie Smith and as always she did a great job of portraying her character.
Published 2 months ago by Kathryn E. Brigger
4.0 out of 5 stars Gem of a film!
This is the movie that set my role as the finder of delightful little films no one had heard of. A slightly more over-the-top-than-usual Maggie Smith is the perfect counter to a... Read more
Published 2 months ago by T. J. McBride
5.0 out of 5 stars Love although some parts a bit much
I think this movie is hilarious. And I really like Rowan Atkinson's change in perspective on sex, but generally the other sex scenes feel gratuitous. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Elinor
5.0 out of 5 stars Mum is NOT the word!
We love this very well done film. I have told so many people to get it for an evening of laughter. The parts are perfectly cast and well acted. Do not miss this film.. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sharon S. Knauth
5.0 out of 5 stars a favorite
This movie is one of the few movies you can watch multiple times and enjoy over and over again. Maggie Smith is absolutely delightful and the other characters all hold their own... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mary Jo Bayliss
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