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The steady hand of George Cukor and the grand manner of Maggie Smith bring Graham Greene's lovely novel to spiffy life. Smith, fresh off her 1970 Oscar® win for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, plays the larger-than-life Aunt Augusta, free spirit and committed eccentric (a role originally considered for Katharine Hepburn). She drags her starchy nephew (Alec McCowen), whose biggest adventure in life thus far has been tending his fine English garden, into a series of globe-trotting escapades. Cukor, one of Hollywood's most accomplished veterans at this point, keeps the episodic action moving while incorporating flashbacks to Augusta's flamboyant career as a bon vivant. He also creates a stage for Maggie Smith, who swells into the largeness and age of the role--she's actually almost a decade younger than Alec McCowen. Equally good is McCowen, who did delicious work as the dogged inspector in Hitchcock's Frenzy the same year. --Robert Horton
From Academy Award-winning director George Cukor comes an enchanting tale of an unconventional lady who brings style, class and grace to smuggling, hustling and swindling. At her sister's funeral, Aunt Augusta (Oscar winner Maggie Smith)-a spirited woman of indeterminate years-befriends her bereft nephew, Henry (Alec McCowen)-a stodgy middle-aged banker who's only passion is caring for his prize dahlias. But before poor Henry can say "green thumb" twice, Aunt Augusta whisks him into a series of bizarre misadventures, which transport them throughout Europe and transform Henry into a virile and vibrant man about town.
Scripted by Jay Presson Allen and Hugh Wheeler from the best-selling novel by Graham Green, Travels with My Aunt is a "delightful, sophisticated fare" (Movies on TV and Videocassette). Co-starring Lou Gossett Jr. (An Officer and a Gentlemen) and Cindy Williams (American Graffiti), this "grand rollicking adventure... is a hilarious yet poignant offbeat romantic comedy that is a triumph of exquisite style and sensibility" (The Los Angeles Times).
Medicore at best ... the graphics for the cover are more interesting than the movie.Published 1 month ago by Susan Wood
I didn't realize this was a comedy. I dislike most comedies because they are just insipid. Maggie Smith is wonderful, of course. Read morePublished 2 months ago by momster
One of my all time favorite films. Wonderfully acted -- in a British fashion, which makes sense. It leaves me wondering what is next for this collection of people.Published 3 months ago by Gene McDonough
One of my favorite books to read and re-read and the movie (which I had seen when it was first shown) was as I remembered it, just lovely.Published 4 months ago by barbara
Not my kind of movie. Daughter really has enjoyed it. We are of a different generation and taste...so to each his own. Well done Maggie Smith.Published 5 months ago by NanAnn
This is the movie that dragged the wonderful Maggie Smith into the realm of high camp. It was meant to be Katherine Hepburn before the powers that be discovered that no amount of... Read morePublished 6 months ago by addison de witt