Keeping Mum


Film Info
Event Type:Narrative Feature Comedy
Release Year:2006
Run Time:99 minutes
Production Country:United Kingdom, United States, Isle of Man
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Niall Johnson
Cast:Dame Maggie Smith
Rowan Atkinson
Kristin Scott Thomas
Patrick Swayze
Liz Smith


The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present a “Festival Flashback” of the sensational British comedy “Keeping Mum” — in honor of the film’s 15th anniversary — on Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 4 and 7 p.m. at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

“Keeping Mum” was a major audience hit and critical sensation when it premiered in the Sedona International Film Festival’s cinema series in 2006. The film stars Dame Maggie Smith, Kristin Scott Thomas, Rowan Atkinson and the late Patrick Swayze.

Some family secrets are best kept buried.

“Keeping Mum” stars Atkinson as Walter Goodfellow, an absent-minded vicar of a rural parish who is so distracted by the pressures of his job that he fails to notice his wife’s (Thomas) dalliance with her brash golf instructor (Swayze), his daughter’s parade of new boyfriends, and his young son’s regular trouncing by the school’s bullies.

Enter their charming new housekeeper, Grace (Smith), the answer to the family’s prayers: a sweet, grey-haired old lady with her own distinctive definition of cleaning house.

One by one, the family members find that Grace is able to solve their problems, but they don’t realize that her means are leading to a lot of ends and the population of their sleepy hamlet is rapidly diminishing.

“British comedy at its very best!” — Daily Mirror

“Witty, sly, devilishly-funny, with bravura performances!” — Jeffrey Lyons, NBC’s Reel Talk