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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 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 ... 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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | USA | Isle Of Man

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Secrets de famille 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:

(dvd) | (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This movie is dedicated to James Booth (Mr. Brown), who died four months before the first release. This was his final movie. 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

Police Interrogator: Two dismembered bodies, Rosemary. Why don't you just start by telling me who they are.
Rosie Jones: My husband and his mistress. They were planning to run away together.
Police Interrogator: So you thought you'd just kill them instead?
Rosie Jones: I couldn't very well stand idly by now could I?
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Connections

Featured in Keeping Mum: Deleted Scenes (2006) See more »

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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Worth the wait.
13 June 2006 | by keithmpSee all my reviews

I had to wait quite a while before I could show Keeping Mum at the Century Theatre in Coalville, Leicestershire. Being on the non-theatrical circuit, it's always a slow process obtaining films released by Entertainment Films. However, I had a feeling this British comedy would appeal to our mature audience (including myself!). I was right, a very popular choice...and it was worth the wait. To be honest, anything featuring Maggie Smith or Judi Dench can't fail at the Century and, as expected, Maggie steals the show as usual in this picture, with a very restrained but humorous portrayal of the mysterious new housekeeper to pastor Rowan Atkinson and his errant family. Atkinson also does well, underplaying nicely in his role, but typically funny in the village soccer match. Also, a very emotional scene when he delivers his speech at the conference. I certainly won't spoil it for anyone who hasn't seen this very dark comedy but I will say, don't miss the very start of the film, as this is obviously of great importance to what follows. Another Brit success!


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