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What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) Movie Information

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Overall Rank:

385

Avg. Rating:

3.13/4

# of Ratings:

154

Genres:

Drama, Thriller

Rating:

NR

Language:

English

Theater Date:

10/31/1962

DVD Release:

10/09/2012

Director:

Robert Aldrich

Actors:

Bette Davis
Joan Crawford
Victor Buono
Wesley Addy
Julie Allred
Anne Barton

 

 

 

 

Plot Outline:

A gargoylish former child star, Jane, and her former-movie-star sister, Blanche, now crippled, are isolated in their decaying home. Bodies begin to accumulate as Jane's grip on reality becomes more and more tenuous. Will Blanche survive her sister's delusions?

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Indyfreak 04/18/2017 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3/4 

The grand dame of psycho-biddy horror flicks, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane is an undeniably silly but suspenseful thriller with just the right amount of horror and humor.

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mitchellyoung 02/07/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3/4 

Led by two brilliant performances, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? is a shattering psychological thriller, centered around the intriguing relationship between two aging sisters. Grey Gardens this is not, however, as Bette Davis turns in a commanding and terrifying performance as the overpowering Baby Jane Hudson and Joan Crawford is appropriately weak and pathetic as her sister, Blanche. The film hints at Sunset Boulevard-like themes of aging starlets, but takes a dark turn into Hitchcockian noir territory, resulting in a more harrowing film. The film's scares are subtle, but work within the context of the plot, as the engrossing performances make the film's script work.

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donkeyknight 05/02/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
2/4 

Bette Davis invents crazy. It helps to know the history behind this movie to appreciate how offbeat it was.

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woody 02/02/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
3.5/4 

When this movie used to come on TV (yes, back in the old days when you had to wait for them), I had a morbid fascination with it, and watched it intently each time. I knew the two stars had been big in previous decades and I wondered what brought them to the point of taking these grotesque roles. Now, after seeing many other Bette Davis and Joan Crawford movies, I appreciate the high Kitsch factor, and I can just imagine the behind-the-scenes banter and trash talk between Bette and Joan. Bette does have the juiciest role, by far. Another treat is the great character actor Victor Buono.

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  Gabe
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11/12/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

What did ever happen to Baby Jane?

Not a terrible film. But, I just don't quite understand how this is sometimes considered a horror film? Having said that, Bette Davis gives a tour-De-force performance that is hard to beat. How Anne Bancroft beat her out for the Best Actress Oscar beats me. I'll admit, I've Never seen the Miracle Worker (1962). She is great!

One thing that hurts this film, is that it reminds me of two films that came before it, and were better, Sunset Boulevard (1950) and Psycho (1960).

Sunset Boulevard is also about a has-been, delusional star (actress in that film, child-star in this one), who is trying desperately to cling to the last remnants of her fame. I thought the mystery in Sunset Boulevard was better than the one in this film.

It also reminded me of Psycho. In Psycho, Norman Bat...

Rating of
2.5/4 

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  Yojimbo
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01/19/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?" by Yojimbo

A wheelchair-bound ex-Hollywood star is terrorized within her own home by her jealous and alcoholic elder sister. Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? hasn't got the most promising premise for a "comedy", but like Psycho and Dr Strangelove, it's the macabre streak of black humour that provides the stroke of genius that makes it what it is. The plot read as straight is a very melodramatic, soapy affair, but Aldrich's skewed approach makes a black-hearted comedy of grotesques out of it all in a similar way to Sunset Boulevard. The cast are all great, but it is Bette Davis' show all the way as the increasingly unhinged child star-turned embittered old harridan and she sends herself up rotten; the scene where she recreates her old act has to be seen to be believed! The attractive cinematography co...

Rating of
3.5/4 

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