Chalk Garden [Import]
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The Chalk Garden (1964) Director: Ronald Neame Stars: Deborah Kerr, Hayley Mills, John Mills
Top Customer Reviews
This is a moving film which deals seriously with its themes. It is a little melodramatic in a 1960's sort of way, but nonetheless remains quite involving and absorbing for the audience. I enjoyed it very much. Interestingly, John Mills (Hayley's father) also has a supporting role in this film as the butler and is quite good in his capacity. Overall, a high 5 stars recommendation for the whole family!
Now lets get down to specifics. I like action, and this movie has plenty of paraffin. I think Deborah Kerr does well in King Solomon's Mines (1950) ASIN: 6301971167, however I think she does better acting as Miss Madrigal who eventually straightens out relationships between the people she works for. Hayley Mills and John Mills are real life father and daughter.
The one spot in the movie that you forget it is a movie is when Laurel find out who Miss Madrigal really is and almost gives her away. You can feel what Laurel does at that moment and it is no longer just a movie. You are there. Again Miss Madrigal must reveal her identity to Mrs. St. Maugham for Laurel's sake, as Laurel listens from outside.
I can not go on as this is taking on the aspects of a chick flick or a tearjerker and it really is not. It is a great psychological film.
Most recent customer reviews
This is a beautiful old-fashioned movie, a simple story told in a lovely setting - acting superb..Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I finally managed to get this movie, this is one of hayley mills best, along with her father john mills and deborah kerr. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2011 by Kevin W. Edwards
16-year old Laurel (Hayley Mills) likes to set fires, scream, tell lies, and generally boss around her doddering grandmother and tolerant butler (John Mills). Read morePublished on Oct. 10 2008 by Kona
Enid Bagnold's play, directed for the big screen by Ronald Neame in 1964, is a touching story about a mystery woman, Madricle (Deborah Kerr) who answers an ad for a companion for a... Read morePublished on April 18 2006 by Noirdame
The film is quite good. I enjoyed it, the actors/actress' fit their parts extremely well. The music is a bit too much. Read morePublished on Dec 22 2003 by Lucy Smith
This is a rather unusual little film which is based on an unusual play by Enid Bagnold. Kerr is a mysterious woman who is applying for the position of governess at a stately old... Read morePublished on June 9 2002
Not my favorite of Hayley's movies but it's good, just a little weird compared to most of her movies. Read morePublished on May 8 2002
Great Classic .
But then I love any movie Haley Mills stars in.
Thought the screenplay was great as well and the settings to be lovely.