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Chalk Garden [Import]

4.7 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Deborah Kerr, Hayley Mills, John Mills, Edith Evans, Felix Aylmer
  • Directors: Ronald Neame
  • Writers: Enid Bagnold, John Michael Hayes
  • Producers: Ross Hunter
  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • VHS Release Date: March 1 1992
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 6300186121
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The Chalk Garden (1964) Director: Ronald Neame Stars: Deborah Kerr, Hayley Mills, John Mills

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This film proves that Hayley Mills can really act. The story of a governess in early 1960s who comes to a manor house to assist in the care of a precocious young teen. Everyone has secrets that slowly come tumbling out. With some wonderful performances and extraordinary dialogue this film comes hauntingly to life. For instance in discussing a current murder trial the governess (Deborah Kerr in an oscar-nominated performance) says: what the prisoner listens to is not his life but the shape and shadow of his life with the accidents of truth taken out of it. This film is a fascinating winner.
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I have watched this movie a number of times and I am always impressed by Deborah Kerr and Haley Mills. All of the characters are believable and exciting. The movie moves along nicely and you feel for the characters.
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I've always like Hayley Mills movies. "Pollyanna" was achingly sweet, and "The Parent Trap" was corny but delightful. However, I believe her performance in "The Chalk Garden" is her best. This well-crafted film deals with the relationship between a young girl, played by Hayley Mills, living with her grandmother and the new nanny, played by Deborah Kerr, hired to care for her. The young girl is a pyromaniac who compulsively manipulates and lies, perhaps as her way of handling what she feels is a loveless existence. Kerr's character, who has a dark secret, is able to identify with the young girl, and the movie follows her attempts to win the girl's friendship and eventual trust and to teach the girl that there is still love in her life.
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!
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By Bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 12 2000
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I watch this movie periodically. Every one is well cast. You can see each one of these characters in the real world. The interaction is superb. They had no choice but to place the story in that location.
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.
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This excellent film has been reviewed by many and all agree that the performances of Haley Mills, Deborah Kerr, John Mills, Edith Evans, and the supporting cast are all first rate. I cannot add any new praise that hasn't already been stated by other reviewers both professional and amateur. I can, however, add two complimentary views about the film that have been greatly overlooked. The first is the beauty of the location shots that were used. The stark white cliffs, the expansive panaramas, and even the estate settings were all breathtaking and added greatly to the enjoyment of the film. The second was the outstanding musical score written and conducted by Malcolm Arnold. The various motifs were reprised and expanded upon throughout the film. Even the opening credits showing the Universal globe logo were underscored with the haunting melody of the theme music, a very nice approach which showed the care that was taken to make this a truely entertaining experience. If there's one regret that I have it's that someone really missed the wonderful opportunity to record and release the complete film soundtrack. The opening theme music sends goose bumps up and down my spine, something that does not happen too often at the movies! This adaptaion of Enid Badnold's play is what good film making is all about.
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I have noticed Hayley and John Mills in "Tiger Bay",but in "The Chalk Garden",it brings the togetherness of the two. Hayley plays Laurel St. Maugham,a sixteen-year-old girl who does what she wants to do. John Mills plays Maitland,Laurel's butler who takes care of her. Deborah Kerr is splendid as Miss Madrigal,the woman who takes care of Laurel. In this movie,Laurel's mother got re-married and wants to take Laurel back home,but Miss Madrigal wants her to stay. When Laurel does some "Nancy Drew" work around the house,she finds out Miss Madrigal is NOT Miss Madrigal... at least the judge thinks so when Laurel's grandmother invites him over. The scenes were good for Hayley,because at that time,she had bulimia,and didn't tell no one. "The Chalk Garden" is good for anyone who's a BIG Hayley Mills fan... like me!
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