An Englishman in New York (2009)




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In 1975, John Hurt starred in a BBC television adaptation of Quentin Crisp's autobiography The Naked Civil Servant, playing the flamboyantly gay author and actor, and in 2009 Hurt revisits the role in this comedy-drama based on the latter years of Crisp's life. Crisp rose to fame in the UK following the publication of his memoirs and the success of a one-man show, but when a series of typically frank but witty quips during an interview lead to a public scandal, Crisp is approached by an American … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Brian Fillis
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 23, 2010
Breaking Glass Pictures



as Quentin Crisp

as Penny Arcade

as Phillip Steele

as Connie Clausen

as Patrick Angus

as Larry Speakes

as Immigration Officer

as Talk Show Host

as Party Host

as Journalist
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Critic Reviews for An Englishman in New York

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

Hurt's perf gives some dramatic continuity to a production that is more a succession of setpieces than a through-drama per se -- at least until its affecting later stages.

Full Review… | March 6, 2009
Top Critic

It deserves to be seen for another of Hurt's exquisitely observed performances.

February 13, 2009
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

Hurt is so comfortable as Crisp, that he exceeds even the real Quentin Crisp in charm and clueless vulnerability. Hurt adds irony to a scene about gay cloning, because in a sense, we prefer Hurt to the original.

Full Review… | March 24, 2010

Oh yes, John Hurt is Quentin Crisp.

Full Review… | February 25, 2010

Quality roles for John Hurt must be at a severe minimum if the greatly underutilized actor needs to revisit his 1975 triumph as gay icon Quentin Crisp.

Full Review… | January 31, 2010

Falls somewhere between unbearable and fascinating.

Full Review… | October 17, 2009
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)

Audience Reviews for An Englishman in New York


What's so eerie (and you can see this is Resident Alien when they chat with each other) is that by this film, John Hurt has gotten better at playing Quentin Crisp that Quentin Crisp, as Crisp himself predicted at the very beginning of The Naked Civil Servant film. This entry does feel more like a made--for-tv-movie whereas I didn't know the first film was anything other than a typical low budget, British-shot, limited release film until they told me so in THIS flick! This one is less literary and more borrowed speeches and autobiographical tidbits, which is okay if you like simmering in exaggerated Crispness.

Even though much trauma still happens, this is still the "warm and fuzzy" entry, whereas the first one was very cold and hard.

And sadly did not qualify for the "Hot Gay Sex' list.

_kelly .King

Super Reviewer


Not nearly as interesting as the Naked Civil Servant but John Hurt's performance is even better and it is a must see for him.

Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

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