The Life and Death of Peter Sellers

 76%

of critics liked it

72%

of users liked it

In theaters Jan 01, 2004
Unrated, 2 hr. 9 min.

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Movie Info

Synopsis: The often-troubled life of one of the greatest comic actors in the history of the British cinema provides the basis for this biopic. Peter Sellers (Geoffrey Rush) was raised by a domineering mother
Director: Stephen Hopkins
Rated: Unrated
Running Time: 2 hr. 9 min.
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Theater Release: Jan 01, 2004
DVD Release: May 10, 2005

Cast

Geoffrey Rush

Peter Sellers
Charlize Theron

Britt Ekland
Emily Watson

Anne Sellers
John Lithgow

Blake Edwards
Miriam Margolyes

Peg Sellers
Peter Vaughan

Bill Sellers
Sonia Aquino

Sophia Loren
Stanley Tucci

Stanley Kubrick
Stephen Fry

Maurice Woodruff
Henry Goodman

Dennis Selinger

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Critic Reviews

  • We get movie scenes within movie scenes, and Rush as Sellers breaking character to become Sellers' mom or Edwards, commenting on Sellers, and it all draws too much attention to itself. More...
  • Sustains interest most of the way, but combination of an unsympathetic central figure and patchy recreation of events involving numerous famous people makes for an ambitiously told life story that finally doesn't cut it. More...
  • While In Competition entry The Life and Death of Peter Sellers is a wonderfully entertaining film, the one thing that's missing is Sellers' singular ability to be hilarious. More...
  • "There was no real Peter Sellers"... As a theme, it smells of the tired cop-out, somewhere in the same clubhouse of desiccated phrases as "I love you, but I'm not in love with you" and "In a crazy world, only the mad people are sane." More...
  • A very good biographical picture of a human being who made people laugh, but could never find the humor in his own life. More...
  • As a showcase for Geoffrey Rush, though, Life and Death is more than worthwhile. More...
  • flawed but buscinating tribute More...
  • A great impressionistic piece about an actor's fantasy becoming their reality. Director Hopkins really makes an exciting leap of faith. More...
  • The best biopic you're likely to see this year won't be coming to a theater near you. More...
  • In a brilliant portrayal by Geoffrey Rush, we are given a glimpse of the absurd, extravagant, surreal, lonely, tragic life of a comic genius. More...

User Reviews

  • fairly solid, entertaining biopic, felt like the HBO product it was, perhaps slightly constrained budget-wise - nice performance by Geoff Rush
  • Effective, captivating biopic on Peter Sellers, I thought that the film was superbly acted and directed, and it ranks among the finest biopics that I...
  • A shocking and sad movie to Peter Sellers' fans.
  • It was always going to be difficult to make a film about the life of Peter Sellers. The man was an immensely complicated personality who claimed to...
  • A great insight into the life of Peter Sellers, very well acted by Rush. The choice of actors in some of the supporting roles is a little strange...
  • "Never judge a man by his cover." The feature adaptation of Roger Lewis' book about the actor best remembered as Inspector Clouseau in the...
  • geoffrey rush plays this part brilliantly and i really good insight into peter sellers and is really a good film especially if your a fan of peter...
  • Forget 'Ray'- this is the biopic of the year! Although this treads the well worn path of the tortured genius, it is injected with a sense of fun by...
  • Geoffrey Rush turns in an outstanding performance as British comedian Peter Sellers.
  • [font=Century Gothic]"The Life and Death of Peter Sellers" is a biopic of the late comedic actor(Geoffrey Rush), starting in 1950's London when he was...