The Grass Harp

The Grass Harp

Director: Charles Matthau Cast: Piper Laurie, Sissy Spacek, Walter Matthau

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Overview

Based on the novel by Truman Capote, this often-witty coming-of-age drama looks at a young man growing up with an unusual family in the Deep South in the 1940s. After the death of his parents, Collin Fenwick (Edward Furlong) finds himself living in a small town with two of his aunts, Dolly (Piper Laurie) and Verena (Sissy Spacek). Verena is the more stable of the two, an entrepreneur who controls a number of local businesses and rules the roost with a firm hand. Dolly, on the other hand, is a gentle eccentric who claims to hear the voices of the dead as the wind whistles through the grass, and has developed a homemade concoction that supposedly cures dropsy. Dolly's potion attracts the attention of Morris Ritz (Jack Lemmon), a smooth-talking con man from Chicago who wants to snatch the formula away from her. Along the way, Collin also gets to know Catherine (Nell Carter), Verena and Dolly's quick-witted house maid; Amos (Roddy McDowall), a barber who is also the town's one-man rumor mill; Charlie Cool (Walter Matthau), a charmingly cynical retired judge with an opinion about everything; and Sister Ida (Mary Steenburgen), an accordion-toting traveling evangelist who has had a heroic brood of 13 children without benefit of marriage. The Grass Harp was directed by Charles Matthau, the son of Walter Matthau.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/21/2017
UPC: 0888574564742
Original Release: 1995
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:47:00
Sales rank: 39,288

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Piper Laurie Dolly Talbo
Sissy Spacek Verena Talbo
Walter Matthau Judge Charlie Cool
Edward Furlong Collin Fenwick
Nell Carter Catehrine Creek
Jack Lemmon Morris Ritz
Joe Don Baker Sheriff
Charles Durning Reverand
Sean Patrick Flanery Riley
Grayson Fricke Young Collin
Boyd Gaines Narrator
Mia Kirshner Maude
Veronica Lauren Actor
Roddy McDowall Amos Legrand
Danny Nelson Doctor
Joan Plowright Actor
Mary Steenburgen Sister Ida
Cicely Tyson Actor

Technical Credits
Charles Matthau Director,Producer
John A. Alonzo Cinematographer
Kirk Ellis Co-producer,Screenwriter
Stan Jolley Art Director
Sid Levin Editor
Timothy O'Meara Editor
Stirling Silliphant Co-producer,Screenwriter
Paul Sylbert Production Designer
Jerry Tokofsky Producer
Patrick Williams Score Composer,Songwriter
Albert Wolsky Costumes/Costume Designer
John Winfield Producer
Mary Jo Slater Casting
Shay Griffin Casting
Clark King Sound/Sound Designer
Chris Gorak Art Director
Truman Capote Source Author

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Grass Harp
1. Main Title
2. Mother's Funeral
3. Talbo Lane
4. The Grass Harp
5. Adolescent Infatuations
6. Entertaining A Yankee
7. Dreadful Dinner Party
8. Life As Runaways
9. To The Rescue
10. Lasso Your Soul For Love
11. The Robbery
12. Sister Ida's Revival
13. Budding Relationships
14. Extended Chain Links
15. Ownership Of Decisions
16. Treacherous Behavior
17. Love Trapped Inside
18. Somber News
19. Leap Of Fate
20. End Credits

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The Grass Harp 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is one of my favorites. It's narrated with a direct honesty about life and the human condition. It is very well-written and the actors are great. The storyline is sometimes sad & sometimes happy, but most often witty & profound. I have seen it several times, and each time I take away something new from it. Highly recommended.