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The Horse's Mouth (1958)

Approved | | Comedy | 11 November 1958 (USA)
A somewhat vulgar but dedicated painter searches for the perfect realization of his artistic vision, much to the chagrin of others.

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Kay Walsh ...
Dee Coker
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Sara Monday
Mike Morgan ...
Nosey
Robert Coote ...
Sir William Beeder
Arthur Macrae ...
A.W. Alabaster
Veronica Turleigh ...
Lady Beeder
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Abel
Reginald Beckwith ...
Capt. Jones
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Hickson
Gillian Vaughan ...
Lollie
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Gulley Jimson is broke, difficult, conniving, uncouth, and a welcher - but an artist. The visions in his head may not really satisfy him when realized, but the quest continues, for the perfect wall. The Beeders leave for six weeks of vacation and return to find a 7000 pound committment and the wall of their living room a national treasure, even though living with a wall mural of feet is not their cup of tea. Then - in a bombed out church scheduled for demolition - THE wall that can become his vision. Written by Bruce Cameron <dumarest@midcoast.com>

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11 November 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un genio anda suelto  »

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Joyce Carey, the author of the novel which inspired the film, based the role of the self-destructive painter on his good friend, the great Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. See more »

Goofs

(at around 12 mins) Gully Simson is served a pint of beer in the pub. The amount of beer in the glass varies inconsistently in subsequent shots. See more »

Quotes

Hodges: Are you sure that Sir and Lady Beeder are expecting you?
Gulley Jimson: Expecting me? They're down on their knees praying for me.
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Lieutenant Kije
by Sergei Prokofiev (as Prokofieff)
Arranged by Kenneth V. Jones
Conducted by Muir Mathieson
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The simple truth...
30 July 2000 | by (LA/NYC) – See all my reviews

It's very simple. This film has meant a lot to me. An enlightened art teacher from high school played this for us in class. I haven't been the same since. I can't say I know much of Alec Guinness's work, but I count him as a personal favorite based on this performance alone. I recommend it to anyone who wants to be creatively inspired.


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