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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 dresser Norman (Tom Courtenay), an endlessly loyal homosexual who would do anything for the man he's come to love. Norman tries to guide Sir through yet another tour of the hinterlands in The Tempest. This expanded film adaptation of Ronald Harwood's award-winning stage drama also stars Edward Fox as Oxenby, an unhappy member of Sir's company; Sir was said to be based on real-life actor Donald Wolfit. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: PG
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
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On DVD: Apr 6, 2004
Sony Pictures Entertainment


Edward Fox
as Oxenby
Zena Walker
as Her Ladyship
Michael Gough
as Frank Carrington
Betty Marsden
as Violet Manning
Sheila Reid
as Lydia Gibson
Lockwood West
as Geoffrey Thornton
Paul Luty
as Stallkeeper
Alan Starkey
as Train Guard
Donald Eccles
as Mr. Godstone
Llewellyn Rees
as Horace Brown
Kevin Stoney
as C. Rivers Lane
Ann Way
as Miss White
John Sharp
as Mr. Bottomley
Kathy Staff
as Bombazine Woman
Roger Avon
as Charles
Stuart Richman
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
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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, centered on such a fascinating and complex relationship between the two characters.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


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

Super Reviewer

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