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The Whisperers (1967)




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The Whisperers stars Dame Edith Evans as a lonely old woman whose imagination is getting the better of her sanity. She insists that she hears "whisperers" plotting and planning against her at all times; she also believes that these imaginary entities are spying on her. So suspicious is Ms. Evans of her nonexistent whisperers that she fails to notice the very real predators around her. She is robbed of her life's savings by a nasty "friend" (Avis Brunnage), and is exploited by her estranged con-artist husband (Eric Portman) and her no-good son (Ronald Fraser) Even when she catches on to the duplicity of others, Ms. Evans is so far gone with her "whisperers" that the authorities refuse to believe her. Seedy and sordid though it may be, The Whisperers won Edith Evans the Best Actress award from the New York Critics' Circle. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Edith Evans
as Mrs. Maggie Ross
Eric Portman
as Archie Ross
Nanette Newman
as Girl Upstairs
Gerald Sim
as Mr. Conrad
Avis Bunnage
as Mrs. Noonan
Ronald Fraser
as Charlie Ross
Kenneth Griffith
as Mr. Weaver
Max Bacon
as Mr. Fish
Robin Bailey
as Psychiatrist
Sarah Forbes
as Mrs. Ross (younger)
Michael Robbins
as Mr. Noonan
Leonard Rossiter
as National Assistance Official
Clare Kelly
as Prostitute
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Critic Reviews for The Whisperers

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

It is all presented as if it were being offered as serious social comment on life in Britain today. And it is being accepted as such by American reviewers.

March 19, 2020 | Full Review…

A vestige of a withering generation swallowed by the impoverishment of their once privileged class, Forbes opens in what feels like Charlotte Perkins Gilman territory as a character study.

August 10, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

An investigation of this sort into the phenomenology of old age is rare and praiseworthy and an actress who can demonstrate the basic positions is possibly unique... Edith Evans takes the curse off this with a wealth of quirky observation.

February 10, 2019 | Full Review…

The film is odd and uneasy : through coarse-grained effects it keeps slamming shut doors it has half-opened. But the central performance is a great one.

July 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Dame Edith Evans received Best Actress Oscar nomination and the N.Y. Film Critics award for this grim psychological drama about an elderly women who hears threatening (imaginary?) voices.

July 29, 2012 | Rating: B | Full Review…

By the third act, I felt as boxed in as the protagonist.

February 8, 2008 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Whisperers


grim, spooky, depressing as all hell yet utterly fantastic. dame edith should've won an oscar

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