Grey Gardens

Grey Gardens

Michael Sucsy (2009)

104min
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Grey Gardens, the outstanding 1975 cult documentary from the Maysles brothers (Gimme Shelter), offered a glimpse into the bizarre world of Edith Bouvier Beale and her adult daughter of the same name. Relatives of Jackie Kennedy, the Beales lived in abject squalor in their formerly grand home on Long Island, New York. Taking that documentary as inspiration and with many scenes in common, this is a biopic of "Big" Edie (Jessica Lange) and "Little" Edie (Drew Barrymore) that depicts their lives both before and after their fall from grace. The film belies its TV-movie origins, with lovingly re-created sets and fantastic costumes, while Barrymore's Golden Globe-winning performance really stands out. She's simply brilliant as the eccentric daughter, going beyond mere impersonation to embody the spirit of a troubled woman attempting to break free from a bitter and controlling mother. Barrymore's sparkle means that everyone and everything else can sometimes feel flat in comparison, but this is still an evocative portrait of women on the edge.

Summary

Fact-based drama about `Big Edie' and `Little Edie' Bouvier Beale, the eccentric aunt and cousin of John F Kennedy's widow Jackie Kennedy Onassis. When New York health authorities threatened to raid the reclusive pair's flea-infested mansion in the early 1970s, the former First Lady was forced to intervene to protect her family's name. Starring Drew Barrymore, Jessica Lange, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Ken Howard.

Cast & Crew

"Little" Edith Bouvier Beale Drew Barrymore
"Big" Edith Bouvier Beale Jessica Lange
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Jeanne Tripplehorn
Julius Krug Daniel Baldwin
George "Gould" Strong Malcolm Gets
Albert Maysles Arye Gross
David Maysles Justin Louis
Phelan Beale Ken Howard
Director Michael Sucsy
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Other Information

Language: English Colour

Drama

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