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Widows' Peak (1994)

PG | | Comedy, Crime, Mystery | 13 May 1994 (USA)
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In 1934, an English widow moves to Widows' Peak, Ireland. She befriends other widows and the son of one. Hostility escalates between her and an Irish spinster.

Director:

John Irvin

Writers:

Hugh Leonard (story), Hugh Leonard (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mia Farrow ... Miss Katherine O'Hare / Clancy
Joan Plowright ... Mrs. Doyle-Counihan
Natasha Richardson ... Mrs. Edwina Broome
Adrian Dunbar ... Godfrey Doyle-Counihan
Jim Broadbent ... Con Clancy, Kilshannon Dentist
Anne Kent ... Miss Grubb, Doyle-Counihan's Maid / Driver
John Kavanagh ... Canon Murtagh
Rynagh O'Grady ... Maddie O'Hara, Broome's Maid
Gerard McSorley ... Gaffney, Lawyer
Michael James Ford Michael James Ford ... Lieutenant Rokesby
Garrett Keogh Garrett Keogh ... Grogan, Realtor
Britta Smith ... Mrs. Colgan
Sheila Flitton Sheila Flitton ... Mrs. Mulrooney
Marie Conmee ... Mrs. Lawless
Ingrid Craigie ... Mrs. Purdieu
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Mrs. Edwina Broome (Natasha Richardson) has just moved into the neighborhood known as "Widows' Peak", so called due to the prevalent marital status of the residents, who tend to be a rather exclusive bunch. The residents are all curious about their new neighbor, but no one can seem to get much information about her, including Queen bee Mrs. Doyle-Counihan (Dame Joan Plowright), whose son is busy wooing Edwina. Miss Katherine O'Hare. (Mia Farrow) and Edwina have an immediate dislike for each other, however, and soon some accidental encounters begin to look like Edwina is trying to ruin her new rival. The problems escalate and the town is in an uproar, but they get no closer to solving the mystery of the newcomer. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Scandal, seduction, blackmail and murder. Thank heavens their husbands aren't alive! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild language and theme | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In 1994, Natasha Richardson won the Best Actress Award for her role as Mrs. Edwina Broome in this movie at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic. See more »

Goofs

When the flat tire is being changed the headlight cover is one moment highly reflective, then very dull and non reflective. See more »

Quotes

Con Clancy, Kilshannon Dentist: The first day I clapped eyes on that one, I made up my mind. If she ends up as anyone's widow, it'll be as mine. Or I'll swing for her.
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Crazy Credits

One line in the end credits reads: "This film is dedicated to the memory of Sophie Irvin". See more »

Connections

References The Big Parade (1925) See more »

Soundtracks

Mother Machree
Music by Ernest Ball and Chauncey Olcott
Lyrics by Rida Johnson Young
Performed by Donal J. Byrne (as Donal Byrne)
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Three queens.
8 March 2002 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Nowadays,nine movies out of ten feature two male actors as the leads.For a change,"Widows Peak' boasts three actresses at the top of the bill.And what a threesome:Mia Farrow,a spinster,the Cinderella of a bunch of posh and distinguished ladies whose queen is none other than Joan Plowright.This wealthy widow ,with her hoity-toity ways, annoys anyone and all,including her son,a would be handy man,actually a big ninny,always tied to his mother's apron strings,although he firmly denies it.Enter Richardson,who plays a beautiful English widow,and Plowright would like her offspring to marry this rich heiress.A mortal feud begins between Farrow and Richardson.But things are not what they seem and prepare yourself for a lot of unexpected twists,till the very end.And you'll dig such witty lines as (the ironical lawyer to Plowright)"your real treasure is the love of your son".

More than the shrewd plot,the everyday life of the little community is exquisitely depicted:the film (excerpts of De Mille's "ten commandments"(1923,of course!)during which Plowright is enjoying sweets,the mass on Sunday morning,the local dance during which Farrow and Richardson fight for... two tickets for King Vidor' s "the big parade",the regatta,the only time Plowright's son feels manly.

An user regrets James Ivory did not direct it.One would probably have a better movie,for sure.The characters -particularly the lady and her son- verge on caricature. But anyway,watch it,if you like great actresses.


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Country:

UK | Ireland

Language:

Irish | English

Release Date:

13 May 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Colina das Viúvas See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$133,084, 15 May 1994

Gross USA:

$6,243,722

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,243,722
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Runtime:

(Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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