Peter's Friends


Peter's Friends

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This comedy drama, a sort of British version of The Big Chill (1983), was directed by Kenneth Branagh. Ten years after they were members of a music and comedy troupe at Cambridge University, a diverse group of friends in their early 30s gather at the expansive estate of Peter Morton (Stephen Fry), who's invited them there for a reunion. Among the guests are Andrew (Branagh), who has married Carol (Rita Rudner), the star of the American situation comedy he writes; lonely Maggie (Emma Thompson), who thinks she may be in love with Peter; Roger (Hugh Laurie) and Mary (Imelda Staunton), a couple in advertising who have lost a child; and single Sarah (Alphonsia Emmanuel), who's always attracted to the wrong men, including her latest boyfriend, the married Brian (Tony Slattery). Also on hand is Vera (Phyllida Law, the real-life mother of Thompson), a housekeeper who has protectively watched over Peter since childhood. Over the course of the weekend, various jealousies and fears are revealed between joyous feasts, but a startling, tragic announcement from Peter puts everyone's petty dramas into proper perspective. American stand-up comedienne Rudner wrote the screenplay with her husband, (Martin Bergmann).


Richard Briers
as Peter's Father
Edward Jewesbury
as Peter's Solicitor
Hetta Charnley
as Woman at Airport
Annie Davies
as Brenda, the Babysitter
Chris Pickles
as Chauffer
Nicola Wright
as Brian's Wife
Nicki Wright
as Miranda, Brian's Wife
Bill Parfitt
as Ben (age 1)
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Critic Reviews for Peter's Friends

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (10)

  • The clever, facile Peter's Friends doesn't bear much scrutiny, and its attempts at pathos are more opportunistic than earned. Still, Branagh knows how to put on a lively show.

    Feb 13, 2018 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Top Critic
  • Many of the lines and the shadings brought to them by these expert performers are good for some laughs, and pic has plenty of energy, but it can't be taken as seriously as it wants to be.

    Mar 26, 2009

    Todd McCarthy

    Top Critic
  • Most will guess the pay-off, but it's an amiable enterprise.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Although it addresses AIDS more directly than many films have, it remains a lightweight entertainment, enjoyable mostly for the fun of hearing arch, skillful actors deliver droll remarks.

    May 20, 2003
  • Mostly a hodgepodge of stale show-biz stereotypes mixed with the brand of schmaltzy emotionalism that can be bought off the rack of any store on Rodeo Drive.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • With a smattering of one-liners, and a dash of ironic spirit, "Peter's Friends" is a diverting, if modest affair.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Peter's Friends

  • Sep 25, 2008
    I've been meaning to watch this film ever since reading its review on a Microsoft Cinemania '95 CD... it's very much a product of its time with the 80s soundtrack reminding me of discos from the early 90s. A bunch of thespians playing thespians; there's not much to describe with giving the plot away - worthwhile if you're a fan of Branagh & Thompson or Fry & Laurie.
    Ross C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 14, 2007
    Interesting relationships between old friends.
    Candy R Super Reviewer
  • Mar 07, 2007
    I do not have the linguistic faculties to express how much I hate this film. Luvvy infested unfunny, pretentious crap.
    xGary X Super Reviewer

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