Prick Up Your Ears (1987)

Original Title : Prick Up Your Ears
Director : Stephen Frears
Writer : Alan Bennett
John Lahr
Genre : Comedy
Country : UK
Language : English
Producer : Andrew Brown
Music : Stanley Myers
Photography : Oliver Stapleton
IMDB ID : 0093776
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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


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.


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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