The Whales of August [Blu-ray] [1987]

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Special Features

  • Audio Commentary by Producer Mike Kapan, moderated by film critic Stephen Forber
  • Behind the Camera: Raw September 1986 interviews with Director Lindsay Anderson, Cinematographer Mike Fash and Production Designer Jocelyn Herbert
  • Intervierview with Tisha Sterling
  • Interview with Executive Producer Shep Gordon
  • Interview with actress Margaret Ladd
  • Interview with actress Mary Steenburgen
  • Mike Kaplan Vignette 1 - Bette Davis, Mike Kaplan Vignette 2 - Cab Ride
  • Mike Kaplan Vignette 3 - Cliff Island
  • Never Apologize - Malcolm McDowell on Lindsay Anderson
  • Peer Talk: The Raw September 1986 Interviews with stars Bette Davis, Lillian Gish, Vincent Price, Ann Sothern and Harry Carey Jr.
  • Theatrical Trailer


The Whales of August
A once-in-a-lifetime cast of veterans performs David Berry's play about Libby Strong (Bette Davis) and Sarah Webber (Lillian Gish), widowed sisters vacationing on a Philadelphia island for their 60th consecutive summer. Libby is blind and embittered, while Sarah is healthy, supportive, and almost annoyingly chipper. Their neighbor Tisha (Ann Sothern) tries to convince Sarah to put Libby in the care of her daughter, but Sarah hasn't forgotten Libby's moral support when her own husband died, and she won't entertain such notions -- until she is swept off her feet by an aging roué (Vincent Price). When Libby spitefully sabotages this romance, an infuriated Sarah decides that gratitude has its limits. But when it actually comes down to selling their summer house and sending Libby packing, Sarah can't do it. In the film's flashback sequences, Libby is played by Margaret Ladd, Sarah by Mary Steenburgen, and Tisha by Ann Sothern's real-life daughter Tisha Sterling. Another film personality of long standing, Harry Carey Jr., is well cast as the sisters' handyman. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Bette Davis
    Bette Davis - Libby Strong
  • Lillian Gish
    Lillian Gish - Sarah Webber
  • Vincent Price
    Vincent Price - Mr. Nikolai Maranov
  • Ann Sothern
    Ann Sothern - Tisha Doughty
  • Harry Carey, Jr.
    Harry Carey, Jr. - Joshua Brackett

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