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Careful, He Might Hear You (1983)





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Set in Australia in the 1930s, this drama stars Nicholas Gledhill as P.S., a six-year-old boy who lives with his Aunt Lila (Robyn Nevin) and Uncle George (Peter Whitford). P.S.'s mother died in childbirth, so her sister Lila took him in, and while George and Lila don't have a lot of money, they've always done the best they can to give the boy a good home. One day, Lila's other sister Vanessa (Wendy Hughes) arrives after spending several years touring the world; Vanessa is quite wealthy, and upon her return to Australia, she expresses an interest in taking custody of the child. Lila is willing to let Vanessa visit with P.S., and his rich aunt is able to turn his head with limousine rides and lavish gifts. But when Vanessa decides she wants the boy full time, Lila decides to fight her in court. The case is complicated by the arrival of P.S.'s long-absent father, Logan (John Hargreaves), an alcoholic who loves his son but is incapable of caring for him. Careful He Might Hear You won eight Australian Film Institute Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Hughes), and Best Supporting Actor (Hargreaves). ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Wendy Hughes
as Vanessa Scott
Robyn Nevin
as Lila Baines
Peter Whitford
as George Baines
Michael Long
as Mr. Hood
Pega Williams
as Winnie Grindel
Colin Croft
as Magician
Beth Child
as Mrs. Grindel
Jacqueline Kott
as Miss Pile
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Critic Reviews for Careful, He Might Hear You

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

A melodrama among the pedigree Australian pictures of the early 1980s.

January 2, 2016 | Full Review…

[It] is a decidedly feminine film, one that is more concerned with issues of class, money, and family. It is a period film that revels in sumptuous costumes amid decadent sets and divine cinematography of Oscar-winning DP John Seale

March 4, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…

From the very first shot it's clear that cinematographer John Seale contributes enormously to the film's success. It's without doubt one of the most wonderfully photographed films of Australian cinema.

July 19, 2008

Struggle between two sisters for custody of an eight-year-old boy.

August 19, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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