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Prick Up Your Ears (1987)

Original Title : Prick Up Your Ears
Director : Stephen Frears
Writer : Alan Bennett
John Lahr
Genre : Comedy
Drama
Country : UK
Language : English
Producer : Andrew Brown
Music : Stanley Myers
Photography : Oliver Stapleton
IMDB ID : 0093776
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poster for "Prick Up Your Ears" by Stephen Frears (1987)
Prick Up Your Ears (1987) - Stephen Frears
 

Starring

┬Gary Oldman Joe Orton
┬Alfred Molina Kenneth Halliwell
┬Vanessa Redgrave Peggy Ramsay
┬Frances Barber Leonie Orton
┬Janet Dale Mrs. Sugden
┬Julie Walters Elsie Orton
┬Bert Parnaby The Magistrate
┬Margaret Tyzack Madame Lambert
┬Lindsay Duncan Anthea Lahr
┬Wallace Shawn John Lahr rest of cast listed alphabetically Dave Atkins .... Mr. Sugden
┬John Bailey Wigmaker
┬Stephen Bill George Barnett
┬Selina Cadell Miss Datersby
┬Liam De Staic Brickie
┬James Grant William Orton
┬William Job RADA Chairman
┬Rosalind Knight RADA Judge
┬Spencer Leigh Constable
┬Angus MacKay RADA Judge
┬Steven Mackintosh Simon Ward
┬Charles McCowen Mr. Cunliffe
┬Helena Michell Orton's Friend
┬Sean Pertwee Orton's Friend
┬Eric Richard Education Officer
┬Linda Spurrier Instructor
┬Max Stafford-Clark Honourable President
┬Charlotte Wodehouse Janet
┬David Cardy Brian Epstein (uncredited
┬Richard Wilson Psychiatrist (uncredited
 

Plot

This film is the story of the spectacular life and violent death of British playwright Joe Orton. In his teens, Orton is befriended by the older, more reserved Kenneth Halliwell, and while the two begin a relationship, it's fairly obvious that it's not all about sex. Orton loves the dangers of bath-houses and liaisons in public restrooms, Halliwell, not as charming or attractive as Orton, doesn't fare so well in those environs. While both long to become writers, it is Orton who achieves fame - his plays "Loot" and "What The Butler Saw" become huge hits in London of the sixties, and he's even commissioned to write a screenplay for the Beatles. But Orton's success takes him farther from Halliwell, whose response ended both his life and the life of the up-and-coming playwright.
 

Comments

Unflinching Realism This frank account of famed playwright Joe Orton boasts three stellar performances.Gary Oldman sinks into the playwright's character with remarkable skill.Alfred Molina is appropriately irritating and erratic as Orton's companion, and Vanessa Redgrave is suave and stylish as the playright's agent.This biographical script pulls no punches in relaying the Orton's private lifestyle, while his career success is given rather short shrift. An insightful and informative presentation.
 
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