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Travels With My Aunt (1972)

Maggie Smith , Alec Mccowen , George Cukor  |  PG |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Maggie Smith, Alec Mccowen, Lou Gossett Jr, Robert Stephens
  • Directors: George Cukor
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: November 10, 2011
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005SYZYYK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,321 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

"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. Based on one of Graham Greene's drollest novels, directed with élan by George Cukor, and starring the magnificent Maggie Smith as Augusta and nimble Alec McCowen as bewildered nephew Henry, the joyously cockeyed Travels with My Aunt won a Best Costume Design Academy Award(r) (out of four nominations*) and a valise full of critical praise.

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83 of 84 people found the following review helpful
By Kali
Format:VHS Tape
Maggie Smith is deliciously wonderful as the unconventional Augusta, a woman with a shady and colorful past. Arriving at the funeral of her sister after man years absence, she plucks her staid stick-in-the-mud nephew from his humdrum existence in suburban England and drags him with her on a journey of self-discovery, introducing him to her many Bohemian friends as well as her West Indian lover Wordsworth played brilliantly by Louis Gossett Junior. Augusta's nephew is played with excellent British stuffiness by Alec McCowan who finds out to his horror that there is more to his own past than that of his Aunt. Compelled by a sense of duty mingled with confusion he sets out to help the madcap Augusta in her bid to raise the funds to free one of her old flames Mr. Visconti who is being held to ransom by a band of desperate men. This film is delectably funny, quirkily humorous in a sardonic come sartorial way whilst at the same time maintaining equilibrium in the form of its characters who are larger than life but totally human and believable. Maggie Smith however steals the show with her portrayal of Augusta a woman with a past as colorful as a patchwork quilt. There are little twists and turns that add to the piquant essence of the whole film, such as Henry's true parentage both maternal and paternal, and Augusta's own self-interpretation of her life and actions over the years. The final scene will bring tears of laughter to your eyes and you should be left with a good feeling because "Travels with my Aunt" is a feel good with a bit of a difference.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sheer Delight. March 29, 2005
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Directed by George Cukor and though it's not in the same league as his famous hits such as " The Philadelphia Story " or " My Fair Lady " I still have to agree with every other reviewer on Amazon and give this little known gem 5 stars.

Maggie Smith plays Aunt Augusta, a wild septuagenarian scoundrel who incarnates life itself. No small acting feat, especially when she also portrays her as a teenager in flashbacks. Even with The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by comparison, this is still her greatest achievement. Robert Stephens, her sometime real life husband, another great actor and co-star from The Prime plays her one true love, Mr. Visconti.

Too many magical moments to mention, though the scene when we first encounter Visconti at 'the most romantic railway station in Europe' as the present dissolves back to their first meeting is indescribable.

Oh yes, I haven't told you the plot have I?

Well let's see Alec Mc Cowan plays Henry, her nephew ("Be that the whole truth, woman?"--Louis Gosset) a middle aged banker who is set in his ways and---

---Oh, never mind! Just leave your dahlias behind in the garden to fend for themselves and climb aboard the Orient Express with Aunt Augusta.

And by all means, go first class. You never know when poverty might strike, like influenza.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Travels With My Aunt December 12, 1999
By Lynn
Format:VHS Tape
Though quite hammy at times, Maggie Smith delivers a stellar performance as Aunt Augusta in "Travels With My Aunt." She takes her nephew on a series of zany adventures all over the world. It's definitely a fun way to spend an evening!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great to see at last with a beautiful transfer July 6, 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was apprehensive when there was mention of DVD-R transfer of this title and being dubbed to order, but I decided to take the risk as its one of my all time favourite films. There was NO need for trepidation, this is a wonderful, vibrant transfer, in 16:9, not some crappy pan and scan 4:3 effort from a dodgy VHS. Very well packaged as well. The colours jump from the screen, the sound is pretty much stock standard for the day. Maggie Smith is over-the-top hilarious, Alec McCowen is wonderful, its silly, sad, laugh out loud and heart wrenchingly poignant, all at the same time. A real classic, and a must for any fans of classic cinema. Directed by the great women's director George Cukor....what more would you expect! Four star rather than 5 as there are some (very) minor black wea and tear marks on the print used for the transfer, but they are almost unnoticeable, and well and truly overcome by the great content. Buy without hesitation if its one of your favourites too.
Its fascinating to look at the output of Graeme Greene, and compare the film versions of his books: THE QUIET AMERICAN, THE END OF THE AFFAIR, BRIGHTON ROCK, THE FALLEN IDOL, THE THIRD MAN.....just so prolific.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Book is Better April 4, 2012
By Harriet
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The book by Graham Greene is charming and beautifully written. The film is totally different. There are episodes in the film that are not in the book and it is not nearly as subtle and charming as the book. Maggie Smith is worth seeing (though she does overact some) but the film was a disappointment. I purchased the film at Amazon because it is not easily available elsewhere.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious - Top comedy to enlighten the heart July 20, 2004
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Best performance I've ever seen from our famous Maggie Smith, to immerse yourself in this movie is sure to cure anyones malady. At first a frown may appear on your brow, but once you understand the characters (especially 'Augusta' - Maggie) the true colours of fantasy, comedy AND reality where some are concerned - just shine through. I cannot understand how this movie has never really had the publicity it deserves, get your wallets out and buy a copy immediately. I'm about as selective as one can be when it comes to comedy's, particularly from the '70's but this is one you cant let go.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars I thought it would be intelligent humor. So I have wasted $11
its so disappointing. I thought it would be intelligent humor. So I have wasted $11.99. Would return it but doesn't seem fair since I have watched half of it, until I gave up... Read more
Published 7 days ago by youbebest
2.0 out of 5 stars No CC
Was disappointed the movie does not have closed captions.
Published 12 days ago by Joey Lowery
4.0 out of 5 stars but I love the movie
The copy is a little grainy, but I love the movie.
Published 20 days ago by Myrna Pool
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed it and quality of video was great and disc ...
enjoyed it and quality of video was great and disc in great condition as well as the case. David l.
Published 1 month ago by David L. Lewis
1.0 out of 5 stars Too kitschy--really overdone
I didn't think I would ever find a Maggie Smith movie that I didn't like. This is it. So overdone, so actually painful to watch. I couldn't watch more than 10 minutes of it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nancy Greco
5.0 out of 5 stars Travels with my aunt
Have been waiting for years to see this film again and was not disappointed. Then again I think Maggie Smith is superb whatever part she plays. SO happy I managed to get a copy1
Published 4 months ago by Olga
5.0 out of 5 stars A whirlwind adventure with the great Maggie Smith
I'll start off saying that I LOVE anything with Maggie Smith. This film is no exception. It takes you on a cross country romp with some very memorable characters. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Anthony Chiappette
4.0 out of 5 stars good film
even though it was a warnerarchive release this was in very good condition
recommend it for anyone who likes funny and maggie smith films
Published 5 months ago by robert dow
1.0 out of 5 stars Aplomb Gone Wrong
I personally don't see giving a general pass to a usually competent or favorite performer just for past history. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Commenter77
3.0 out of 5 stars A Seedy Auntie Mame
While much of America watched the premiere episode of the new Downton Abbey, I watched Dame Maggie Smith in this 70's oddity - "Travels With My Aunt"- directed by George... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Daniel J. Seitler
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