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Keeping Mum (2005)

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A pastor preoccupied with writing the perfect sermon fails to realize that his wife is having an affair, and his children are up to no good.

Director:

Niall Johnson

Writers:

Richard Russo (screenplay), Niall Johnson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rowan Atkinson ... Walter Goodfellow
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Gloria Goodfellow
Maggie Smith ... Grace Hawkins
Patrick Swayze ... Lance
Tamsin Egerton ... Holly Goodfellow
Toby Parkes Toby Parkes ... Petey Goodfellow
Liz Smith ... Mrs. Parker
Emilia Fox ... Rosie Jones
James Booth ... Mr. Brown
Patrick Monckton Patrick Monckton ... Bob - Pond Workman
Rowley Irlam ... Ted - Pond Workman
Vivienne Moore Vivienne Moore ... Mrs. Martin
Murray McArthur ... Vicar's Convention Master of Ceremonies
Morgan Gower Morgan Gower ... Reverend Campbell
Rupert Simonian Rupert Simonian ... Billy Martin the Bully
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Storyline

Walter Goodfellow (Rowan Atkinson), the vicar for the small English country parish of Little Wallop, has allowed his marriage to Gloria (Dame Kristin Scott Thomas) go stale, and he is so detached from his family, that he has not taken notice that his seventeen-year-old daughter Holly (Tamsin Egerton) is going through a succession of relationships with unsuitable boyfriends, and his son Petey (Toby Parkes) fears going to school, owing to being bullied. Out of desperation for affection, Gloria begins to fall for the advances of Lance (Patrick Swayze), an American golf pro who is giving her "private" lessons. The problems upsetting the family start to fade away after Grace Hawkins (Dame Maggie Smith), the new housekeeper, arrives and starts tending to matters as an older, and rather darkly mysterious version of Mary Poppins (1964). Written by Brian Greenhalgh

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Some family secrets are best kept...buried. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

One of Patrick Swayze's final movie roles, four years prior to his death on September 14, 2009 from pancreatic cancer. See more »

Goofs

The blue Volvo family car parked outside of school has mud on its front-right door, but one minute later it's clean. See more »

Quotes

Grace Hawkins: It's not as though anyone's going to miss her.
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Soundtracks

Did You Ever Wonder Why?
(2005)
Produced and Written by Dickon Hinchliffe
Sung by Dickon Hinchliffe and Cara Dillon
Guitar: Neil Fraser
Engineered by Philip Bagenal at Eastcote Studios and Mat Bartram at Angel Studios
Mixed by Ian Caple
Published by Keeping Mum Productions Ltd
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I saw this film recently and I was pleasantly surprised.
30 November 2005 | by ramhouse3See all my reviews

I saw this film recently and I was pleasantly surprised. It reminded me of the old Ealing Comedies as it was charming but had a definite sense of delicious wickedness running through it. All of the main characters are funny in their own way particularly Rowan Atkinson and Maggie Smith. It reminded me so much of and Ealing Comedy that after a while I could only see Alec Guinness in drag when Maggie Smith was on screen. Kristin Scott Thomas started out as being being a bit of a female Hugh Grant in Four Weddings and a Funeral and showed that she can be quite funny but towards the end she gets a little unconvincing once some revelations unfold. All in all it has it's minor misgivings and gets a little too silly and unbelievable in places but I'd give it a go.


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Country:

UK | USA | Isle Of Man

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Keeping Mum See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$169,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$27,112, 17 September 2006

Gross USA:

$1,619,466

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,586,834
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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