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Stan & Ollie pays tribute to a pair of beloved entertainers with an affectionate look behind the scenes -- and a moving look at the burdens and blessings of a creative bond. Read critic reviews

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Laurel and Hardy -- the world's greatest comedy team -- face an uncertain future as their golden era of Hollywood films remain long behind them. Diminished by age, the duo set out to reconnect with their adoring fans by touring variety halls in Britain in 1953. The shows become an instant hit, but Stan and Ollie can't quite shake the past as long-buried tension and Hardy's failing health start to threaten their precious partnership.

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Steve Coogan
Stan Laurel
John C. Reilly
Oliver Hardy
Nina Arianda
Ida Kitaeva Laurel
Rufus Jones
Bernard Delfont
Susy Kane
Cynthia Clark
Ella Kenion
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Harry Hepple
Wally Brady
Bentley Kalu
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Jeff Pope
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Faye Ward
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Xavier Marchand
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Kate Fasulo
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Joe Oppenheimer
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Nichola Martin
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Jeff Pope
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Eugenio Perez
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Gabrielle Tana
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  • Mar 31, 2019
    The two actors (especially Coogan) are fantastic, embodying their characters so faithfully that it seems like they have been playing them together forever, and it is great to see how this film pays homage to those comedy legends with a balanced combination of slapstick and melancholy.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 19, 2019
    Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly do competent work bringing two old friends back to memory while re-enacting a couple of their more famous routines. This BBC production highlight is in its restraint, delivering a melancholy postcard, as it were, from the old team, and sort of a final farewell, wrapped in the fact that London proved their final performance together. One especially nice touch is in how the two clowns lean on their practised routines when not exactly on the stage or in front of a camera. Recommended.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2019
    A touching and sweet story of two friends who through good times and bad times in their careers, really cared bout and loved each other. Coogan and Reilly light up the screen as Laurel and Hardy and you forget they are acting. Henderson and Arianda are also very good as their wives. A true treat for fans of the comedy duo! 01-29-2019
    Christopher O Super Reviewer
  • Feb 01, 2019
    This sweetly nostalgic film looks back at the friendly and fractious relationship between classic comedy partners Stan Laurel (Steve Coogan) and Oliver Hardy (John C. Reilly), the top comedy duo for decades. Flash forward to 1957 and they're older and touring England to regain enough relevancy to scrap together a movie deal. It's a delight to watch both actors just perform as the famous comedians and they cannily turn any opportunity into a recitation of a physical comedy bit. At its heart, the film is about the close relationship of the two men, what pushed them apart, and what brings them back together. It's a very undemanding movie that is very nice, populated with nice people doing nice things for one another, bowled over by the sincere power of humor. Coogan and Reilly (in a very big fat suit) give honest performances rather than impressions. I never knew Laurel was so instrumental in developing their material, and he continued writing Laurel and Hardy material long after his partner died. The movie glides along on its good feelings and historical recreations, settling into a nostalgic sweet spot that isn't too far into maudlin but interesting enough to justify the trip. If you're a fan of Old Hollywood magic and Laurel and Hardy, then Stan & Ollie is a dream. Nate's Grade: B
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