Arsenic and Old Lace | Full Movie

Arsenic and Old Lace
  • UR
  • 1h 58m
  • 1944
Fresh88%
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Cary Grant stars as the one sane member of a charmingly lunatic family in director Frank Capra's classic comedy. When Mortimer Brewster (Grant) brings his new bride to meet his two kindly aunts, he discovers that, among many other acts of charity, the two genteel ladies help lonely old men die happy ... by feeding them a wonderful meal before poisoning them. Now, Mortimer desperately wants to protect the two serial murderers he loves, stop them from killing anyone else and keep his bride from discovering how deranged his family really is.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Variety
Variety Staff
Fresh

Despite the fact that picture runs 118 minutes, Frank Capra has expanded on the original play [by...

June 21, 2017
New York Times
Fresh

Good macabre fun.

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Geoff Andrew
Fresh

Dusty but gentle entertainment.

June 21, 2017
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Donald J. Levit
Rotten

Today the stellar cast comes across as overacting, mugging into predictable pratfalls, blustering...

June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Cary Grant serial-killer comedy classic is cozy and tame.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this popular Golden-Age-of-Hollywood comedy concerns multiple murders and madness, but without anything graphic shown. Violence is just roughhousing and a menacing display of knives. Some jokes (especially having to do with baseball stats of 1944) are badly out of date. There is an undercurrent of drinking, with poisoned wine a key plot element. This isn't in any way meant to be an enlightened view of families grappling with mental illness.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Mystery, Comedy
  • Release Date:September 23, 1944
  • Highest Available for Purchase:SD

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