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

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Archie Rice (as Lawrence Olivier)
Brenda de Banzie ...
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Daniel Massey ...
Graham
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Mick Rice
Shirley Anne Field ...
Tina Lapford (as Shirley Ann Field)
Thora Hird ...
Ada Lapford
Miriam Karlin ...
Soubrette
Geoffrey Toone ...
Harold Hubbard
MacDonald Hobley ...
McDonald Hobley (as McDonald Hobley)
Anthony Oliver ...
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Charlie Klein
George Doonan ...
Eddie Trimmer
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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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Frank Rice: Cheer up love, life isn't as bad as all that, and even if it is, there's nothing we can do about it.
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Crown of Joy
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Fascinating, a must-see.
25 January 2004 | by (New Jersey, USA) – See all my reviews

"The Entertainer" is a fascinating film based on the play by John Osborne ("Look Back in Anger"); Osborne co-wrote the screenplay.

Olivier plays Archie Rice, a fading entertainer in a fading medium (music halls) in a fading empire (the Suez crisis of 1956 figures into the action).

Archie's speech to his daughter (Joan Plowright), onstage in an empty theater, about being dead behind his eyes, is especially memorable.

Along with other fine actors, Alan Bates and Albert Finney as his sons flesh out this film, which is a must-see for fans of any of these actors.


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