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It's sweet, gentle, and predictable to a fault, but Dustin Hoffman's affectionate direction and the talented cast's amiable charm make Quartet too difficult to resist.



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Beecham House is abuzz. The rumor circling the halls is that the home for retired musicians is soon to play host to a new resident. Word is, it's a star. For Reginald Paget (Tom Courtenay), Wilfred Bond (Billy Connolly) and Cecily Robson (Pauline Collins) this sort of talk is par for the course at the gossipy home. But they're in for a special shock when the new arrival turns out to be none other than their former singing partner, Jean Horton (Maggie Smith). Her subsequent career as a star soloist, and the ego that accompanied it, split up their long friendship and ended her marriage to Reggie, who takes the news of her arrival particularly hard. Can the passage of time heal old wounds? And will the famous quartet be able to patch up their differences in time for Beecham House's gala concert? -- (C) Weinstein

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Maggie Smith
as Jean Horton
Tom Courtenay
as Reggie Paget
Billy Connolly
as Wilf Bond
Pauline Collins
as Cissy Robson
Michael Gambon
as Cedric Livingston
Sheridan Smith
as Dr. Lucy Cogan
Andrew Sachs
as Bobby Swanson
Gwyneth Jones
as Anne Langley
Michael Byrne
as Frank White
Patricia Loveland
as Letitia Davis
Eline Powell
as Angelique
Sarah Crowden
as Felicity Liddle
Colin Bradbury
as Olly Fisher
Ronnie Hughes
as Tony Rose
Jack Honeyborne
as Dave Trubeck
Nuala Willis
as Norma McIntyre
Melodie Waddingham
as Marion Reed
Cynthia Morey
as Lottie Yates
John Heley
as Leo Cassell
Cyril Davey
as "Flat piano" Resident
Esmy Penry-Davey
as Young Pianist
Isla Mathieson
as Young Violinist Isla
Ionia Mathieson
as Young Violinist Iona
Claudia Mellor
as Lady Gaga Girl
Helen Bradbury
as Daisy's Mother
Jennifer Spillane
as Waltzing Neurologist
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Audience Reviews for Quartet

Dustin Hoffman executive produced and then directed this ode to those who chose the stage, to entertain, and who live to see the spotlight pass them by. Buckshot with many who actually made that choice, who lived that life, it then proceeds to display very nearly a sitcom view of the last act of life, or at the very least the Disney version. Everyone is dressed up, very clean, in this mansion out in the country, a home for retired musicians, appointed with fine lawns, and have rooms that should be called suites. Whatta way to go! The story concerns the difficulties a once popular foursome have in getting together to do one more show ("to save the orphanage ... for the penguin ... we're on a mission from God" The Blues Brothers then, though w/o the major players doing even one song!). The players perform their required duties but are ill served finally by the platform given them. Only Pauline Collins gets any real work done here. No, honestly.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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I loved this movie despite the fact that I knew where it was going almost immediately. But, hey, a home full of retired musicians who still manage to make not-so-warbly music? I understand there is such a home in Milan, Verdi House, which Verdi actually built to shelter singers older than 65 who are in dire straits. Anyway, it's a beautiful if disturbing look at getting old--beautiful because of the setting and soundtrack, disturbing because it's a lot more than a loss of physical gifts that makes aging such a b*h.

Bathsheba Monk
Bathsheba Monk

Super Reviewer

Great cast, Fantastic acting but not a fantastic movie. It's disappointing i wanted more comedy and i wanted to know more about each character. If it wasnt for Billy Connolly bringing the comedy then i probably would have liked this movie even less.

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

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A trifling mediocrity. "Quartet," Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut, has all the depth and complexity of a Hallmark greeting card. Sickeningly sentimental but charming at times. It's completely baffling why Hoffman would lower himself to the level of ordinary schmaltz.

William Dunmyer
William Dunmyer

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