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Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte

Bette Davis , Olivia de Havilland , Robert Aldrich    Unrated   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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Poor Charlotte Hollis. She's been shunned by the community for decades, ever since the fateful night in l927 when her lover was hacked apart with an axe. Her antebellum southern mansion is slated for the bulldozer, as it stands in the way of highway construction. Charlotte's only hope lies in her cousin Miriam (Olivia de Havilland), coming down from up north to help settle things. Miriam, however, has other designs. Together with her boyfriend Drew (Joseph Cotten), she embarks on a scheme to systematically drive Charlotte out of her mind (not a great leap) and get her mitts on the family fortune. From there, things only get more complicated. Charlotte puts the "gothic" in southern gothic, as a great showcase for completely bizarre, overwrought, and out-of-control performances from all involved. Agnes Moorehead plays Charlotte's loyal, disheveled housekeeper to the hilt, with an odd inflection that calls to mind Amos and Andy more than southern gentility. As the drunken, conniving Dr. Drew, Cotten's accent is indeterminate at times, and seems to come and go. As great as the supporting players are, though, the crown goes to Bette Davis as the shrieking Charlotte, a portrait of isolation and decay stuck in a world of tragic delusions inside her crumbling mansion. De Havilland is a close second as the scheming Miriam; the scene where she slaps the holy snot out of a hysterical Charlotte is itself worth the price of admission. Mary Astor (in her last role) and Cecil Kellaway (as a kindly Lloyd's of London adjuster) put in the only performances with any restraint, acting as counterweights for the rest of the cast. Besides, you'll never get another chance to see Joseph Cotten playing the harpsichord and singing, or caked in mud and lily pads! With Robert Aldrich's claustrophobic direction, Charlotte is as southern as a field of kudzu, and as subdued as a train wreck. --Jerry Renshaw

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This is the tale of a wealthy southern spinster Charlotte Hollis (Bette Davis) who lives with her eccentric maid (Agnes Moorehead) in a decaying southern mansion, shunned by the townsfolk after the mysterious axe-murder of her late lover. When her jealous cousin (Olivia de Havilland) and her cousin's wily husband (Cotton) arrive for a visit, the two conspire to drive Charlotte insane and have her commited so the two can sell off her estate and pocket the proceeds.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Frightening! Jan. 25 2010
By Raymond A. Smith TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This was one of the first movies of the "Horror" genre I remember seeing as a child that gave me Nightmares! And it is still one of the BEST psychologically scary movies of all time ! It relies on a good plot, and TALENTED acting, and not needless gore or computer generated effects. I was thrilled to see it was available on DVD, as late night TV viewings are faded and commercial interuptions just ruin it and VHS doesn't do it justice. The picture and sound quality is amazing, considering how old this film is! Bette Davis is at her finest, as is Agnes Moorehead (Endora from the Bewitched series, for those who don't know her otherwise)I highly recommend this film to anyone that pefers psychologically scary movies over "shock schlock"
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Visit To A Madhouse Aug. 6 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This film is about an old Southern spinster (Bette Davis) who lives in a Louisiana mansion. She is haunted by terrible memories of the tragic murder of her married lover years ago. Olivia de Haviland plays the part of her greedy cousin and Agnes Moorehead has the role of the loyal maid. Davis struggles to maintain her grip on reality while Olivia de Haviland is trying to get her committed to an asylum. Moorehead resists this effort.
Joseph Cotton plays the part of a family doctor who is conspiring with Olivia de Haviland and Cecil Kellaway is a visiting reporter.Mary Astor and Bruce Dern complete the supporting cast. The acting is superb.
The movie received several Oscar nominations including one for Best Supporting Actress ( Agnes Moorehead). Robert Aldrich also directed WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic Oct. 1 2013
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this has got to be one of Bette Davis' best movies! I just loved it! scenery was great also. one to watch over and over!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good movie from beginning to end. June 21 2013
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I saw that movie when I was very young and just loved it so when I saw it on Amazon I just had to buy it. Very good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent! Feb. 23 2012
Due to a great story and fine acting you get so involved in the movie that you forget that it's in black and white!
The movie has English subtitles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte June 27 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This is a great movie to watch on a windswept stormy night.
I wish the DVD companies would get their act together so I don't have to keep making my own DVD's of these great film classics and creature feature movies.
Would love to see this on DVD in Widescreen!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Campy Fun May 20 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This movie is too over-the-top not to give it a full four stars (but not five--hey, it's not THAT good!). The movie was to be a "sort-of" sequel to Baby Jane, reuniting arch rivals Joan and Bette. But Joan (though I love her!) went a little too far for Aldrich, who canned her after she had spent weeks in the hospital feigning illness. However, Olivia diHavilland does a good job. Ultimately the movie is fun...yet oddly effective. And you'll be singing the theme song in your head for days!
Some great insanity by Bette, some cheesy gore, and a few genuine thrills make for a piece of schlock that rocks!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I really love this movie... April 16 2004
Format:VHS Tape
With all the garbage on DVD, when can we expect this great film? Robert Aldrich put together a fine old ensemble cast, and it was clever and well written. It was nominated for 6 Oscars, including one for the great old Agnes Moorehead. It won nothing. Black & White photography has rarely been so crisp and clear, and watching all the greats chew up the scenery... well, it just doesn't get any better. Bette Davis, Mary Astor, Cecil Kellaway, Agnes Moorehead...also over-the-edge performances from Olivia de Havilland & Joseph Cotten...hammy but fun! Anyone out there that thinks this is worthy of a DVD?
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