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Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)

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An aging, reclusive Southern belle plagued by a horrifying family secret descends into madness after the arrival of a lost relative.

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Robert Aldrich

Writers:

Henry Farrell (screenplay), Lukas Heller (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 7 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bette Davis ... Charlotte Hollis
Olivia de Havilland ... Miriam
Joseph Cotten ... Dr. Drew Bayliss
Agnes Moorehead ... Velma Cruther
Cecil Kellaway ... Harry Willis
Victor Buono ... Big Sam Hollis
Mary Astor ... Jewel Mayhew
Wesley Addy ... Sheriff Luke Standish
William Campbell ... Paul Marchand
Bruce Dern ... John Mayhew
Frank Ferguson ... Editor
George Kennedy ... Foreman
Dave Willock ... Taxi Driver
Michel Petit Michel Petit ... Gang Leader (as Michael Petit)
John Megna ... New Boy
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Storyline

Aged, wealthy Charlotte Hollis has lived as a recluse in the crumbling family plantation mansion in Hollisport, Louisiana since her father Sam Hollis' death thirty-six years ago. The only people who regularly see her are her hard-as-nails but seemingly loyal housekeeper, Velma Crowther, and her longtime friend and physician, Dr. Drew Bayliss. She has lived there most of her life except for a short stint in London thirty-seven years ago following the vicious murder of her married lover, John Mayhew, at the plantation's summer house while Sam was hosting one of his legendary grand balls in the mansion. She and John had planned to run off together that night, but instead he was bludgeoned to death, his head and right hand severed from his body. Nobody was ever convicted for his murder, but most people believe Charlotte did it after John changed his mind about running off with her. They also believe that Charlotte, whom they haven't seen in years, is a crazy old woman. Conversely, ... Written by Huggo

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

What Ever Happened to Cousin Charlotte? See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,235,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,000,000, 31 January 1966
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dick Butkus once said in an interview that he enjoyed seeing the film, and jokingly said he could imagine some of the more gruesome scenes from it occurring during a football game. See more »

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When Miriam meets Jewel in public, a smiling young girl extra with a bouffant hairdo and a ribbon in her hair can be seen walking behind them. Seconds later, the same girl walks behind them again. See more »

Quotes

Big Sam Hollis: I can't even look at Charlotte without ugly thoughts rip my guts! I'd sooner it been one of my field boys.
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Opening credits prologue: 1927 See more »

Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to heavily edit the opening cleaver murder, and some cut prints have also been shown on Channel 4 TV. Video and DVD releases are uncut. See more »

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Referenced in Dallas: Hush, Hush, Sweet Jessie (1984) See more »

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When the Saints Go Marching In
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By far the best work of Bette Davis and Agnes Moorehead ever!
8 April 2000 | by MovieMarauderSee all my reviews

Being your average "on-the-go" modern teenager, you can expect that I never have time to waste on a bad movie, with school, homework, and the other neurosis of life in the new millennium. However, this is NOT a bad movie! In fact, I'd venture to say that this is the very best movie I've ever seen!!! I've got a sort of yen for the older films, especially when they involve bizarre love triangles and great musical scores, but this one tops them all! Bette Davis' and Agnes Moorehead's acting abilities are superb, and this is one of the scariest films produced, utilizing twisted, distorting camera sequences and a genuinely frightening plot progression, complete with delicious twists, turns, zig-zags, and murder sequences that'll send you plummeting off the edge of your seat!!!! A classic "whodunit" that'll thrill even the most straight-laced film critic (my six-year-old sister loves it!) So rush out now (Or stay at your computer), and get "Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte"! You WON'T regret it!


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