The Grass Harp

The Grass Harp

Book - 1996
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Based on Truman Capote's bittersweet memoir, this often-witty coming-of-age drama looks at a young man growing up with an unusual family in the deep south in the 1940s. After the death of his parents, Collin Fenwick, played by Edward Furlong ("American History X," "Terminator 2: Judgment Day"), finds himself living in a small town with his two aunts, Dolly, played by Academy Award-nominee and Emmy and Golden Globe-winner Piper Laurie ("Carrie," TV's "Twin Peaks") and Verena, played by Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Sissy Spacek ("Carrie," "Coal Miner's Daughter"). Verena is the more stable of the two, an entrepreneur who controls a number of local businesses and rules the roost with a firm hand. Dolly, on the other hand, is a gentle eccentric who claims to hear the voices of the dead as the wind whistles through the grass, and has developed a homemade concoction that supposedly cures dropsy.
Publisher: [United States] : Warner Bros. : Made available through hoopla, 1996.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 107 min.)) : sd., col.


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Jun 17, 2018

I have not read the book. The movie, on the other hand, was not too bad. It had a pretty slow pace than what I am accustomed to, so it did get boring for me in quite a few places. Some scenes were amusing and entertaining though.

Aug 07, 2012

A very sweet rendition of Capote's novel, directed by Walter Matthau's son. It seems to be reaching for the Kleenex effect, and it does have its moments, but unfortunately it's somewhat diluted and ineffectual. Nevertheless, its saccharine "Hallmark Channel" approach is not a bad thing, just nothing extraordinary. (Walter) Matthau shines. Laurie presents a touching representation of 'Dolly', a meek and delicate flower who finally comes of age, per se. Spacek nails the pinched-faced spinster role. Interesting role reversal for those two, being that 20 years earlier Sissy was the timid "Carrie" and Piper was her domineering mother. Lemmon -- everybody showed up for work. There just wasn't much on their agenda.

Feb 08, 2012

I enjoyed this film! It has a great cast and it's one of the last few films with Walter Matthau. It's funny and touching.


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Aug 08, 2012

Judge Charlie Cool: "..Only thing I know is, love is a chain of love, same as nature's a chain of life..."


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