The Grass Harp

Starring: Walter Matthau, Sissy Spacek & Jack Lemmon Director: Charles Matthau  Rated: PG: Parental Guidance Suggested
Love is a chain of love... as nature is a chain of life.
The Grass Harp
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 47 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1996
  • Label: New Line Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.78
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Surround 5.1 - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer

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Entertainment Reviews:

Variety - 09/11/1995
"...A jewel of a film....An intelligently written, well-acted and beautifully mounted adaptation of a book by a major 20th-century American author..."
Los Angeles Times - 10/11/1996
"...A beguiling film in every way....THE GRASS HARP celebrates rebirth and renewal but within a tough--minded view of life that never allows it to lapse into a fairy tale..."

Product Description:

Following the death of his mother, a young teenager moves to a small town to live with his father's two maiden cousins. There, he learns all there is to know about life from observing the town's decidedly eccentric inhabitants. Adapted from the semi-autobiographical novel by Truman Capote.

Description by Warner Home Video:

Following the death of his parents, young Collin Fenwick (Edward Furlong) comes to a small southern town to live with his father's cousins, Verena and Dolly Talbo. He soon discovers that the Talbo household is anything but normal. Verena (Sissy Spacek) rules the house, as well as the entire town, with a stern hand. Meanwhile, her older sister Dolly (Piper Laurie) charms Collin with her gentle, romantic spirit. To escape Verena's oppression, Dolly, Collin and the Talbo's eccentric maid, Catherine (Nell Carter) run away to an old tree house in the woods. But their adventure sparks a series of events that will change not just their lives but the future of the entire town as well.

Plot Synopsis:

A film adaptation of Truman Capote's autobiographical novel.
After young Collin Fenwick's parents pass away, he goes to live with two of his father's cousins, Dolly and Verena Talbo. Dolly is the sweet one, who manages to earn her living during the Depression by selling a home remedy she helped invent. The sterner Verena, meanwhile, bosses everyone around.
Collin gradually becomes acquainted with the eccentric townspeople, from the gossip-loving barber to a woman with 15 illegitimate kids. But the boy's life only achieves clarity after Dolly teaches him about the "grass harp" -- the ability to hear the voices of deceased loved ones in the whistlings of the wind.

Plot Keywords:

All-Star | Bucolic | Coming Of Age | Family Interaction | Friends | Mishaps | Self-Discovery | Teenage | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • Released theatrically in the USA October 11, 1996.
  • Screened at the 1995 Boston and Toronto Film Festivals.
  • It's all relative: Co-stars Piper Laurie and Sissy Spacek, who play sisters in this film, played mother and daughter in the 1976 film "Carrie". And, director Charles Matthau is the son of actor Walter Matthau.
  • Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau have a long history of playing against each other. Their best collaboration is "The Odd Couple."
  • Released theatrically in the USA October 11, 1996.
  • A Charles Matthau, Jerry Tokofsky, John Davis production.

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  • UPC: 794043803628
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