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The Entertainer (1960)

Archie Rice, an old-time British music hall performer sinking into final defeat, schemes to stay in show business.

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Cast

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Archie Rice (as Lawrence Olivier)
Brenda de Banzie ...
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Mick Rice
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Tina Lapford (as Shirley Ann Field)
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Ada Lapford
Miriam Karlin ...
Soubrette
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Harold Hubbard
MacDonald Hobley ...
McDonald Hobley (as McDonald Hobley)
Anthony Oliver ...
Interviewer
Max Bacon ...
Charlie Klein
George Doonan ...
Eddie Trimmer
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Storyline

On the far side of middle age, Archie Rice lives in a British seaside resort with his father, retired successful vaudevillian Billy Rice, second wife Phoebe Rice, and doting son Frank Rice. Following in retired Billy's footsteps, Archie is a song-and-dance music hall headliner, with Frank supporting his dad as his shows' stage manager. The waning popularity of Archie's type of shows, a dying form of entertainment, is not helped by Archie's stale second rate material, which brings in small unappreciative crowds. Archie clings to his long held lifestyle, including heavy drinking and chronic infidelity, of which Phoebe is aware. What Archie has not told his offspring is that Phoebe was his mistress while he was still married to their now deceased mother. His want to be a music hall headliner is despite his financial problems, he an undischarged bankrupt who now signs Phoebe's name to everything. Phoebe wants them to escape this life to something more stable, such as the offer from her ... Written by Huggo

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As the applause grew fainter ... As the spotlight grew dimmer ... His women were younger!

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2 December 1960 (Denmark)  »

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A komédiás  »

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The original Broadway production of "The Entertainer" by John Osborne opened at the Royale Theater in New York on February 12, 1958 and ran for 97 performances. Brenda de Banzie was nominated for the 1958 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Features Actress in a Drama for her role as Phoebe Rice which she recreated in the filmed production. See more »

Quotes

Archie Rice: Old Archie isn't going to get his oats after all.
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Miner's Dream
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Written by Will Godwin and Leo Dryden
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From Spartacus to this role of has-been Entertainer -- amazing!
8 July 2001 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I've seen this movie many times on tv and still feel irresistibly drawn into the realistic setting of people's humdrum lives at a British seaside resort. Some films can be viewed once and that's enough, but not this one.

All the cast members are remarkable in projecting the ordinary bleakness of the story's circumstances -- the people, time and place, their foibles, tragedies, and often futile efforts as they struggle with events. Believe it or not, I even got to like Olivier's singing of "Why Should I Care"!

A memorable, thoughtful film well worth experiencing.


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