The Dresser (1983)

The Dresser


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The complicated relationship of two men who have given their lives to the theater forms the basis for this acclaimed drama. During World War II, an aging but once famous Shakespearean actor, addressed by his cast and crew only as "Sir" (Albert Finney), continues to tour the British theater circuit with a rag tag group of elderly and handicapped actors who are exempt from military service. Sir has grown frustrated, senile, and is on the verge of a nervous breakdown; he's come to rely upon his … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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On DVD: Apr 6, 2004
Sony Pictures Entertainment


as Norman

as Oxenby

as Her Ladyship

as Frank Carrington

as Violet Manning

as Lydia Gibson

as Geoffrey Thornton

as Stallkeeper

as Train Guard

as Mr. Godstone

as Horace Brown

as C. Rivers Lane

as Miss White

as Mr. Bottomley

as Bombazine Woman

as Charles

as Evelyn's Friend
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Critic Reviews for The Dresser

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Superb, Oscar-nominated performannces by Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay make this play-to-screen melodrama about backstage theater life in WWII England quite enjoyable.

Full Review… | March 8, 2011

The showbiz drama should be especially appealing to theater lovers.

Full Review… | October 28, 2008
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Audience Reviews for The Dresser

The exquisite dialogue and the Oscar-nominated performances by Finney and Courtenay, who are no less than splendid together, are what makes this drama so engaging, centering on such a fascinating and very complex relationship between the two characters.

Carlos Magalh„es

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Impressive & fun with exciting parallels & good perfs, pity it's overlooked

Arash Xak

Super Reviewer

Tom Courtenay and Albert Finney are absolutely fantastic in depicting two individuals who keep doing what they are comfortable in doing as the world comes crashing down around them.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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