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½ February 20, 2011
One of the more strange films seen in a long time. Stars innocent Jeremy Irons and bossy Anthony Hopkins (like you have never seen him act before no doubt). Irons has lost his wife and seeking to meet people, joins a small town theatre group.

The story follows a young widower, Guy Jones (Irons), as he joins an amateur operatic society that is putting on The Beggar's Opera. He rapidly progresses through the ranks to become the male lead, while simultaneously conducting liaisons with several of the female cast.

This quirky, often weird film has basically a human interest story to tell. All the characters of this theatrical group have been trying to learn a play that struggles on and on. But the real story is the people in the group. Hopkins wife starts an affair with our newcomer Irons. And so on and so on he goes with others in the theatrical tribe.

Fans of Jeremy Irons and of course, Anthony Hopkins, will find this quirky, strange movie uh.... interesting.

Not a conventional film at all, but that doesn't make it necessarily good.


CAST
Jeremy Irons - Guy Jones
Anthony Hopkins - Dafydd Ap Llewellyn
Prunella Scales - Hannah Ap Llewellyn
Jenny Seagrove - Fay Hubbard
Sylvia Syms - Rebecca Huntley-Pike
Gareth Hunt - Ian Hubbard
Patsy Kensit - Linda Washbrook
Lionel Jeffries - Jarvis Huntley-Pike
Alexandra Pigg - Bridget Baines
Richard Briers - Ted Washbrook
Barbara Ferris - Enid Washbrook
Pete Lee-Wilson - Crispin Usher
Dave King - Mr. Ames
Amanda Mainard - Woman in Theater
Dinah May - Girl at Work
Anne Priestley - Hilda Shaw
Audrey Trotter - Mrs. Bawden


Directed by Michael Winner
Written by Alan Ayckbourn
Michael Winner


Music by John Du Prez
Cinematography Alan Jones
Editing by Chris Barnes
Michael Winner
Distributed by Curzon Films
Release date(s) 1988


Running time 105 minutes
Country United Kingdom
½ November 21, 2015
With a plethora of British talent, Anthony Hopkins stands out as the annoying extrovert even though Jeremy Irons is the lead. As a comedy it needs better humour, although there are a few good moments in this respect.
½ March 7, 2015
Hopkins is absolutely dynamic; otherwise, there isn't much
½ October 25, 2014
Eh, not exactly for everyone. However, if you like behind-the-scenes hijinxs and enjoy theatre-related movies, then you may enjoy this one. Hopkins is so over-the-top with his theatricality!
½ April 4, 2013
Excellent performances from Irons and Hopkins as always. Prunella Scales is wonderful in this too. I don't think the play works as well on screen as it does in the theatre but it's still very entertaining and rather accurate from my experience of Am Dram societies.
½ February 20, 2011
One of the more strange films seen in a long time. Stars innocent Jeremy Irons and bossy Anthony Hopkins (like you have never seen him act before no doubt). Irons has lost his wife and seeking to meet people, joins a small town theatre group.

The story follows a young widower, Guy Jones (Irons), as he joins an amateur operatic society that is putting on The Beggar's Opera. He rapidly progresses through the ranks to become the male lead, while simultaneously conducting liaisons with several of the female cast.

This quirky, often weird film has basically a human interest story to tell. All the characters of this theatrical group have been trying to learn a play that struggles on and on. But the real story is the people in the group. Hopkins wife starts an affair with our newcomer Irons. And so on and so on he goes with others in the theatrical tribe.

Fans of Jeremy Irons and of course, Anthony Hopkins, will find this quirky, strange movie uh.... interesting.

Not a conventional film at all, but that doesn't make it necessarily good.


CAST
Jeremy Irons - Guy Jones
Anthony Hopkins - Dafydd Ap Llewellyn
Prunella Scales - Hannah Ap Llewellyn
Jenny Seagrove - Fay Hubbard
Sylvia Syms - Rebecca Huntley-Pike
Gareth Hunt - Ian Hubbard
Patsy Kensit - Linda Washbrook
Lionel Jeffries - Jarvis Huntley-Pike
Alexandra Pigg - Bridget Baines
Richard Briers - Ted Washbrook
Barbara Ferris - Enid Washbrook
Pete Lee-Wilson - Crispin Usher
Dave King - Mr. Ames
Amanda Mainard - Woman in Theater
Dinah May - Girl at Work
Anne Priestley - Hilda Shaw
Audrey Trotter - Mrs. Bawden


Directed by Michael Winner
Written by Alan Ayckbourn
Michael Winner


Music by John Du Prez
Cinematography Alan Jones
Editing by Chris Barnes
Michael Winner
Distributed by Curzon Films
Release date(s) 1988


Running time 105 minutes
Country United Kingdom
terris85017
Super Reviewer
June 19, 2010
(1988 DIrector: Michael Winner) Good Director...and what a cast! Anyone seen this one??? Can't wait to see it!
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