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Prick Up Your Ears

  • Drama
  • 1987
  • Stephen Frears
  • 105 mins
  • 18

Summary

Biopic of controversial 1960s playwright Joe Orton. The budding writer forms a close romantic and creative relationship with Kenneth Halliwell, an older man with literary ambitions of his own. However, as the sexually promiscuous Orton's talent blossoms, Halliwell becomes increasingly consumed with jealousy and professional frustration that drive him to fatal ends. Starring Gary Oldman and Alfred Molina.

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Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The life of doomed gay British playwright Joe Orton gets a no-holds-barred but sure-handed telling by director Stephen Frears in this funny and moving biopic, with Gary Oldman giving a marvellous performance as the promiscuous cheeky chappy. Alan Bennett's wonderful script is full of hilarious one-liners, and is more interesting when focusing on what it meant to be homosexual in the 1960s rather than on Orton's lauded theatrical achievements. Yet, with Alfred Molina also punching his acting weight as jealous lover Kenneth Halliwell, this is still British film-making at its finest.

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Credits

Cast

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Joe OrtonGary Oldman
Kenneth HalliwellAlfred Molina
Peggy RamsayVanessa Redgrave
Leonie OrtonFrances Barber
Mrs SugdenJanet Dale
William OrtonJames Grant
Elsie OrtonJulie Walters
John LahrWallace Shawn
Anthea LahrLindsay Duncan
Mr SugdenDave Atkins
Anthea's MotherJoan Sanderson

Crew

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DirectorStephen Frears

Details

Theatrical distributor
Park Circus
Released on
2017-08-04
Language
English
Guidance
Contains violence, swearing and sex scenes.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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