Travels with My Aunt PG

Flamboyant, flame-haired 70-plus Augusta Bertram has opened a package sent by kidnappers containing a finger that recently belonged to her years-ago lover. Augusta enlists the aid of her stuffy nephew in a mad to-the-rescue adventure across Europe.
Travels with My Aunt
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 49 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: November 1, 2011
  • Originally Released: 1972
  • Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Special Edition
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.39
  • Audio:
    • English

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Directed by
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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1972 - Best Costume Design

Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 6


User Ratings: 540
Rating: C -- One of George Cukor's last (and least impressive) pictures, this version of Graham Greene's eccentric comedy is thematically similar to Auntie Mame but suffers from Maggie Smith's overly stylized turn and lack of rapport with Alec McCowen as her nephew. Full Review
Jul 28, 2008
...Sumptuously produced, the film hops the globe in a slew of panoramic locations...
USA Today
Jul 16, 1993
[I]t's undoubtedly among Cukor's finest late films....Cukor's direction is lithesome and bright...
Sight and Sound
Mar 1, 2012
Rating: C -- Dampened by a hammy over-theatrical performance by Maggie Smith, too much useless gab and too many contrived plot turns. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Jan 16, 2007
Rating: 2.5/4 -- George Cukor's Travels with My Aunt is a whimsical romantic fantasy that works; which is to say, if you are not a fan of whimsical romantic fantasy, it's going to be too much for you. Full Review
Chicago Sun-Times
Oct 24, 2004
Rating: 3/5 -- Agressive whimsey eventually wears out its welcome.
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Nov 23, 2005
Maggie Smith is grand in the multi-level role of Aunt Augusta -- posturing, leaning and croaking as the ancient lady, breathless and wide eyed as the girl suddenly introduced to romance. Full Review
Cleveland Press
Nov 20, 2003

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"They're killing him bit by bit!" Flamboyant, flame-haired 70-plus Augusta Bertram has opened a package containing a finger that recently belonged to her years-ago lover. The victim's kidnappers continue mailing expendable body parts, and Augusta enlists the aid of her stuffy nephew in a mad to-the-rescue adventure across Europe in pursuit of $100,000 in ransom money. The scramble to save a life just might also liberate the nephew's life-starved soul.

Based on one of Graham Greene's drollest novels, directed with elan by George Cukor, and starring the magnificent Maggie Smith as Augusta and nimble Alec McCowen as bewildered nephew Henry, the joyously cockeyed Travels with My Aunt won a Best Costume Design Academy Award (out of four nominations) and a valise full of critical praise.

Product Description:

Based upon Graham Greene's best-selling novel, TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT follows the misadventures of a free-spirited woman, Augusta (Maggie Smith), who whisks her priggish banker nephew, Henry (Alec McCowen), across Europe in search of ransom money for her kidnapped ex-lover (Robert Stephens). Henry agrees to come along with his eccentric aunt after his mother's funeral, and as circumstances quickly progress from strange to dire, the meek and mild Henry finds himself caught up in an adventure beyond his wildest dreams.

McCowen gives a subtle performance as the young banker forced to peel away layers of reserve as he adapts to this chaotic adventure. He serves as the perfect foil for Smith, who received an Academy Award nomination for her enthusiastically zany embrace of the unpredictable aunt. Director George Cukor (THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, GASLIGHT) expertly plays the two wildly contrasting lead characters off one another, sending the film gamboling ever forward with Aunt Augusta while never allowing the emotional center of the film--McCowen's timorous banker--to be left behind.

Plot Synopsis:

Henry Pulling (Alec McCowen) travels east on the Orient Express with his eccentric Aunt Augusta (Maggie Smith) to rescue her ex-lover, Mr. Visconti, who's been kidnapped. Bits and pieces of Visconti--a finger, an ear--start showing up along the way, and, unbeknownst to Henry, he and his aunt are illegally importing money into Turkey to pay the ransom.


Production Notes:

  • Color by Metrocolor; shot in Panavision.
  • Additional cast: Raymond Gerome (Mario), John Hamill (Crowder's Man), David Swift (Detective), Bernard Holley (Bobby), Antonio Pica (Elegant Man), Alex Savage (Minister), Olive Behrendt (Madame), and Nora Norman (Stripper).
  • Additional credits: Jose Antonio Sanchez (makeup), Betty Adamson (wardrobe), Carmen Sanchez (hairdresser), Wayne Fitzgerald (title design), and Luis Roberts (UPM).
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