Review: ‘Careful He Might Hear You’

A top quality production about the struggle between two sisters for custody of an eight-year-old boy, their nephew, Careful He Might Hear You is a completely involving emotional experience.

A top quality production about the struggle between two sisters for custody of an eight-year-old boy, their nephew, Careful He Might Hear You is a completely involving emotional experience.

The Sumner Locke Elliott novel on which Michael Jenkins’ excellent screenplay is based was, for many years, a project for Joshua Logan with, at one point, Elizabeth Taylor announced for the role of Vanessa Scott, the lonely frigid spinster whose causes all the trouble, and who is played, commandingly, here by Wendy Hughes.

Story is set in the Depression in Sydney. The boy, nicknamed ‘PS’ by everyone, is homeless after the death of his mother and the departure of his feckless father, Logan, for the goldfields. He’s taken in by a loving but impoverished aunt and uncle (Robyn Nevin and Peter Whitford).

Their lives are disrupted, however, by the arrival of Vanessa, another sister, but from the moneyed side of the family. She wants custody of the child.

Careful He Might Hear You

Australia

Production

Syme. Director Carl Schultz; Producer Jill Robb; Screenplay Michael Jenkins; Camera John Seale; Editor Richard Francis-Bruce; Music Ray Cook;; Art Director John Stoddart

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1983. Running time: 116 MIN.

With

Wendy Hughes Robyn Nevin Nicholas Gledhill John Hargreaves Geraldine Turner Isabelle Anderson
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