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The Horse's Mouth ()


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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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  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations.
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Gulley Jimson
Kay Walsh ...
Dee Coker
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Sara Monday
Mike Morgan ...
Nosey
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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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Man in Taxi (uncredited)
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Roberts (uncredited)
Terry Cashfield ...
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Jack Chissick ...
Bit Role (uncredited)
Mary Davies ...
Pretty Girl (uncredited)
Fred Griffiths ...
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Charwoman (uncredited)
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Woman in queue at Tate Gallery (uncredited)
Rose Howlett ...
Cook (uncredited)
Jeremy Judge ...
Dickie (uncredited)
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Pawnbroker (uncredited)
Rosalind Knight ...
Bit Role (uncredited)
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Hodges (uncredited)
Garry Leeman ...
Bit Role (uncredited)
Jackie Martin ...
Bit Role (uncredited)
Sally Muggeridge ...
Bit Role (uncredited)
John Norman ...
Bit Role (uncredited)
Elton Ollivierre ...
Black Model (uncredited)
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Art Student (uncredited)
David Robinson ...
Bit Role (uncredited)

Directed by

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Ronald Neame

Written by (WGA)

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Joyce Cary ... (novel)
 
Alec Guinness ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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John Bryan ... producer
Albert Fennell ... executive producer
Ronald Neame ... producer

Music by

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Kenneth V. Jones

Cinematography by

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Arthur Ibbetson ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Anne V. Coates

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Ray Lovejoy ... assistant editor (uncredited)

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William C. Andrews ... (as Bill Andrews)

Costume Design by

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Julia Squire

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Harold Fletcher ... makeup artist
Pearl Tipaldi ... hairdresser

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R.L.M. Davidson ... production manager

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Colin M. Brewer ... assistant director (as Colin Brewer)

Art Department

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John Bratby ... paintings: Gulley Jimson
Tony Woollard ... draughtsman (uncredited)

Sound Department

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John Cox ... sound supervisor
Leslie Hodgson ... dubbing editor
Red Law ... sound recordist
George Stephenson ... sound recordist (as George Stevenson)

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John Harris ... camera operator
Paul Wilson ... first assistant camera (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Elsa Fennell ... wardrobe
Julia Squire ... gowns: Veronica Turleigh
Joan Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

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Kenneth V. Jones ... music arranger
Muir Mathieson ... conductor

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Yvonne Axeworthy ... continuity (as Yvonne Axworthy)
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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Straight from the Horse's Mouth (United Kingdom)
  • De la bouche du cheval (France)
  • Un genio anda suelto (Spain)
  • Konski pysk (Poland)
  • La bocca della verità (Italy)
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  • 97 min
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Trivia When Nosey offers Bisson a bowl of stew, Michael Gough's voice on the soundtrack says "Buzz off!" but his lips form the words "Drop dead!" Presumably the line was changed when Mike Morgan died suddenly before the film was released. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Dinner for Schmucks/Charlie St. Cloud/Get Low (2010). See more »
Soundtracks Lieutenant Kije See more »
Quotes Gulley Jimson: What are you doing?
Miss D. Coker: I'm saying my prayers; I forgot them.
Gulley Jimson: I thought you hated G-d.
Miss D. Coker: Maybe I do.
Gulley Jimson: Why do you pray then?
Miss D. Coker: Well, he's our Father, isn't he?
Gulley Jimson: That's a funny reason.
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