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Becoming Cary Grant (2017)

For the first time one of Hollywood's greatest stars tells his own story, in his own words. From a childhood of poverty to global fame, Cary Grant, the ultimate self-made star, explores his own screen image and what it took to create it.


Mark Kidel


Mark Kidel (co-writer), Nick Ware (co-writer)

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Director: Mark Kidel
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Kidel Mark Kidel ... Commentator (voice)
Cary Grant ... Himself (archive footage)
Frank Sinatra ... Himself (archive footage)
Judy Balaban Judy Balaban ... Herself
Mark Glancy Mark Glancy ... Himself, film historian, Queen Mary University of London
David Thomson David Thomson ... Himself, film historian and critic
Barbara Hutton Barbara Hutton ... Herself (archive footage)
Betsy Drake ... Herself (archive footage)
Elsie Leach Elsie Leach ... Herself (archive footage)
Dyan Cannon ... Herself (archive footage)
Jennifer Grant ... Herself
Barbara Harris ... Herself (as Barbara Jaynes)
Jonathan Pryce ... Cary Grant (voice)
Fiona MacKenzie Fiona MacKenzie ... Elsie Leach (voice)
José Fumanal José Fumanal ... Dr. Hartman's office


The future star grow up as Archie Leach, son of a tailor in Bristol, but was traumatized when his parent's marriage broke down, leading to his father leaving for another and the bottle, his mother utterly abandoning him to be raised by an aunt. A friend introducing him as knave to the variety theatre, he joined a traveling company and on their first-ever tour overseas stayed behind in New York. He gradually made his way I-on Broadway as handsome antagonist, until offered a Hollywood contract with Paramount, which proved rather disappointing, but he went on to become a major star, brilliant under directors like Hitchcock who tapped into his commoner past. Several marriages brought mostly frustration, like the reconciliation with his mother, whom he put up in an English home, only his daughter proved a relationship for life. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

30 September 2017 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Cary Grant - Der smarte Gentleman aus Hollywood See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


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EUR380 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067 - IV. Sarabande
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13 June 2017 | by FearlessOneDaySee all my reviews

Disappointing doc. Doesn't really tell us anything new about Cary Grant. The filmmakers had access to his private films, but present no context for us to interpret them. (Mostly shots of pretty actresses. Was he auditioning future lovers?) The footage of his mother is interesting. You can't help but look at her footage for signs of mental illness. He had serious mommy issues, but why didn't he have serious daddy issues, too? (His dad had abandoned the family and started a new family with someone else.) Betsy Drake recommended LSD treatment to him, which gave him great insight into his relationships with women. (i guess old-fashioned "talk therapy" wasn't cool back then?) When his Eureka moment happened, we aren't told WHEN. Before Dyan Cannon? Before his last marriage to Barbara?

I would recommend this documentary to people who don't know nuttin' about him. For people familiar with his films and biography, not so much.

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