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Peter's Friends

Peter's Friends

Kenneth Branagh (1992)

97min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Seeming rather small, smug and insignificant when it first played in the vastness of the cinema auditorium, Kenneth Branagh's engaging ensemble comedy is far more at home (and therefore considerably more enjoyable) on the small screen. The air of "luvvieness" still hangs heavy, but Rita Rudner's script (co-written with Martin Bergman) succeeds in being sharp and cosy without ever over-straining for effect, and Branagh's handling of his players is impeccable (if only he could get the hang of camera movement). Tony Slattery looks woefully out of place in such accomplished company, but Emma Thompson's performance as the lonely, winsomely twee bachelor girl is a delight.

Summary

Cambridge University graduates reunite after 10 years apart when one of them inherits his father's old house. But the New Year celebrations go with a bang as closely guarded secrets come to light. Comedy, directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh, with real-life Cambridge contemporaries Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Tony Slattery, Imelda Staunton and Emma Thompson.

Cast & Crew

Peter Stephen Fry
Andrew Kenneth Branagh
Maggie Emma Thompson
Roger Hugh Laurie
Brian Tony Slattery
Mary Imelda Staunton
Paul Alex Lowe
Sarah Alphonsia Emmanuel
Peter's father Richard Briers
Carol Rita Rudner
Director Kenneth Branagh
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Guidance: Contains swearing and nudity. Available on: Available on video and DVD

Comedy

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