Garbo Talks (1984) - Rotten Tomatoes

Garbo Talks (1984)



Critic Consensus: Garbo Talks finds Lumet shifting into comedic gear while commanding a cast that's often talented enough to distract from the story's flaws.

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When Estelle Rolfe (Anne Bancroft), a New York divorcee, discovers that she is dying, she tells her son Gilbert (Ron Silver) of her lifetime desire to meet the legendary Greta Garbo. Gilbert, determined that his mother will realize her dream before she dies, sets out to find Garbo and convince her to help.

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Anne Bancroft
as Estelle Rolfe
Ron Silver
as Gilbert Rolfe
Carrie Fisher
as Lisa Rolfe
Catherine Hicks
as Jane Mortimer
Steven Hill
as Walter Rolfe
Howard Da Silva
as Angelo Dokakis
Dorothy Loudon
as Sonya Apollinar
Harvey Fierstein
as Bernie Whitlock
Hermione Gingold
as Elizabeth Rennick
Richard B. Shull
as Shepard Plotkin
Michael Lombard
as Mr. Morganelli
Ed Crowley
as Mr. Goldhammer
Alice Spivak
as Claire Rolfe
Maurice Sterman
as Dr. Cohen
Antonia Rey
as Puerto Rican Nurse
Court Miller
as 'Romeo and Juliet' Director
Karen Shallo
as Harriet
Max Alexander
as Roger Kellerman
Peter Gumeny
as Arresting Officer
Tony DiBenedetto
as Construction Worker
Burtt Harris
as Construction Worker
Stephen Burks
as Black Officer
Mervyn Nelson
as Movie Shop Owner
John Ring
as Garbo Doorman
Anne Gartlan
as Garbo Maid
Jose Santana
as Sanchez/Orderly
David Hammil
as Ferry Conductor
Roderick Cook
as Von Klammer
Mary McDonnell
as Lady Capulet
Nadine Darling
as Flea Market Salesclerk
Joan de Marrais
as Flea Market Salesclerk
Adolph Green
as Himself
Didi D'Errico
as Actors Equity Receptionist
Harry Madsen
as Delivery Man
Betty Comden
as Garbo #2
Nina Zoe
as Garbo #1
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Critic Reviews for Garbo Talks

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (10)

Lumet demonstrates once again that comedies are definitely not his forte...

August 22, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

"Garbo Talks" is so thoroughly and entirely satisfying, it's almost sinful.

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Carrie Fisher, once trapped in Star Wars, is a minor revelation; the movie seems funnier whenever she is on screen.

August 22, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The idea of the film and the performances of Bancroft and two or three others work like a charm.

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Oh, there s plenty of emotion in "Garbo Talks," but most of it is false because virtually every scene is overwritten.

August 22, 2021 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

"Garbo Talks" is Lumet in a lighter vein than usual, and the result is delightful.

August 22, 2021 | Full Review…

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