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What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?
  • UR
  • 2h 12m
  • 1962
Certified Fresh92%
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Bette Davis and Joan Crawford star as two aging sisters--both former celebrities--bound together in a psychopathic relationship by their mutual dependency, jealousy and hatred in this classic, shocking thriller. Academy Award for Best Costume Design and nominated for four additional Academy Awards include Best Actress (Bette Davis) and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Victor Buono).

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Certified Fresh92%
Critics Consensus: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? combines powerhouse acting, rich atmosphere, and absorbing melodrama in service of a taut thriller with thought-provoking subtext.
Reviews
Hollywood Reporter
James Powers
Fresh

A lurid melodrama of hate, revenge and murder, a high-class horror film, in the Hitchcock vein, wi...

June 25, 2017
Chicago Reader
Don Druker
Fresh

Aldrich's direction and dynamite performances from the two old troupers make this film an experien...

June 21, 2017
Variety
Variety Staff
Fresh

The chain of circumstances grows, violence creating violence. Once the inept, draggy start is pass...

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Rotten

The Grand Guignol elements themselves are relatively forced and unconvincing.

June 21, 2017
New York Times
Bosley Crowther
Rotten

There is nothing particularly moving or significant about these two.

June 17, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Bette Davis is unforgettable in classic horror movie.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? is a classic 1962 Oscar-winning psychological horror film. While lacking the blood and gore of contemporary horror films, there are enough scary images -- dead rats and dead birds served for lunch, every shriek and cackle leaving Bette Davis's mouth, for instance -- to bring nightmares to younger and more sensitive viewers. A woman is struck by a car driven by a drunk driver and left paralyzed from the waist down. One of the lead characters is consistently drunk, slurring her speech, stumbling and lurching around, and in another scene, a middle-aged man is picked up by the police, extremely drunk. Since it's a movie from the early 1960s, everyone smokes cigarettes. Innuendo is made of a woman's sexual indiscretions by two male studio executives. Profanity implied in some scenes, including a scene where a character mouths the word "bitch." Overall, this classic movie has stood the test of time in no small part to the incredible performances of on and off-screen rivals Davis and Joan Crawford, roles that revitalized their sagging late-period careers.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Horror, Thriller, Cult
  • Release Date:November 3, 1962
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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