DVD - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The rumor circling the halls is that Beecham House (the home for retired musicians) is soon to play host to a new resident. Word is, it's a star. Reginald, Wilfred and Cecily are in for a special shock when the new arrival turns out to be none other than their former singing partner, Jean. Her subsequent career as a star soloist, and the ego that accompanied it, split up their long friendship and ended her marriage to Reggie, who takes the news of her arrival particularly hard.

Publisher: [United States] : Anchor Bay Films, [2013]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (99 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Dec 18, 2014
  • ladydebv rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I absolutely loved this movie! One of the best movies I have seen lately. Heartwarming story of retired musicians coming together to perform once again. Witty, charming, entertaining.

Dec 11, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Dustin Hoffman proves he’s almost as talented a director as he is an actor in this mild British comedy about the transcendent power of music. The elderly residents of Hammond House, an opulent retirement home for aging musicians, are getting ready to stage a gala fundraiser to celebrate Verdi’s birthday. There’s more at stake than simple showmanship however, for their home has fallen on difficult financial times and the monies raised from this event will help keep the taxman at bay. Unfortunately a wrench is thrown into the works with the arrival of Jean Horton (the brilliant Maggie Smith), a former diva extraordinaire who once packed opera houses worldwide and is now reduced to a penniless yet indomitably proud old woman. Her entrance proves to be too much for longtime resident Reginald Paget whose heart she once broke decades earlier, and the friction between the two begins to affect everyone around them. But Cedric, the feisty octogenarian in charge of directing the upcoming musical soirée, wants to use Jean’s fading star power to boost ticket sales through the roof—-if only he and the others can help her overcome a most terrible case of stage fright. Reginald, in the meantime, begins to realize that his feelings for Jean have never really gone away… With a cast of well seasoned actors (many of the film’s extras are actually retired singers and musicians) and a poignant script which strives to tread that fine line between realism and treacle, Hoffman serves up a “feel good” movie which celebrates the autumn years of those who dedicated their lives to their craft without glossing over some of the harsher truths of aging: the regrets over paths not taken, the loss of independence, and the multiple physical humiliations inflicted by time. After all, as one wrinkled diva fighting the effects of senility puts it: “Growing old is not for sissies.” Although the story does occasionally dip towards schmaltz, Hoffman manages to keep things afloat (with Bill Connolly’s lecherous old gentleman providing some much needed earthiness) while pastoral scenes of rolling gardens and polished bannisters are beautifully enhanced by an operatic score of drifting arias and chamber pieces. A swan song in every sense of the word.

Nov 05, 2014
  • Quimeras rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The story raises expectations but does not deliver at the end.

Sep 15, 2014
  • LibraryUser53 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Except perhaps to retired professional musicians, the story line isn't overly interesting. The supposed "dramatic parts" didn't seem to hold as much importance as the characters were placing on them. And the acting -- while professionally performed -- is a little uneven in places. But even with the above quibbles, it's still a workable and believable story-line. Especially with the wonderful accompanying music. On the whole it held my interest. Enjoyable and relaxing. This is one where you can shut your eyes and just listen to the soundtrack if you like, and enjoy just as much. Recommended.

Aug 10, 2014
  • 7duffy rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Well acted and nicely directed. Story is kind of predictable and lacking. Still, an enjoyable watch.

Jul 29, 2014

Returned to the library on Jul 28 at 6pm. please remove this fine from my listing as i returned it in time

Jun 06, 2014
  • rslade rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Warm and sentimental. Decent acting by a stellar cast4, but not much for them to work with. Undemanding, with equal reward.

May 19, 2014
  • azimsher rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

it was a good one, i like it

Apr 02, 2014
  • olenkag rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Good movie, especially if music is what you like. I wish I could retire at such place, if it really exist.

Mar 23, 2014
  • madison382 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Beautiful movie.

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Oct 24, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Dr. Lucy Cogan: "Why do you persist in flirting with me, Wilf?" Wilf Bond: "Because, you're a cracker. A thing of beauty. You're not a bimbo, or a chick, or any of those awful things. You're one of that rarest of species... You're a woman, Lucy Cogan." Dr. Lucy Cogan (laughing): " Well, I'm flattered, but I have professional ethics to uphold." Wilf Bond: "Aaah, throw caution to the wind. What if we were to make beauuutiful music together... Your husband would never know!" Dr. Lucy Cogan: "Well, that's reassuring, Wilf." Wilf Bond: "Think about it, huh?" Dr. Lucy Cogan: "No, Wilf." Wilf Bond: "No one will ever know!" Dr. Lucy Cogan: "I will know." Wilf Bond: "Older man... vintage wine... seasoned wood..." Dr. Lucy Cogan: "...Did you say 'wood'?" Wilf Bond: "...Seasoned!..."


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