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The Entertainer (1960)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Brenda de Banzie ...
Phoebe Rice
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Billy Rice
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Jean Rice
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Frank Rice
Daniel Massey ...
Graham
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Mick Rice
Shirley Anne Field ...
Tina Lapford
Thora Hird ...
Mrs. Ada Lapford
Miriam Karlin ...
Soubrette
Geoffrey Toone ...
Harold Hubbard
MacDonald Hobley ...
Himself - the TV star (as McDonald Hobley)
Anthony Oliver ...
Interviewer
Max Bacon ...
Charlie Klein
George Doonan ...
Eddie Trimmer
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Storyline

Archie Rice, a pathetic music hall comic, plagued by debts, manipulates those around him in a defiant and selfish attempt to survive against improbable odds. He drinks, makes crude philosophical jokes about sex and politics and humiliates his lamenting, gin-soaked wife. Archie lures his father, Billy Rice, out of retirement for a benefit performance which will ultimately bring financial aid to Archie and his impractical investments. Written by alfiehitchie

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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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1.66 : 1
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Laurence Olivier and Joan Plowright met during the stage production of "The Entertainer." They were married in 1961, and remained married until Olivier's death in 1989. See more »

Quotes

Billy Rice: You were a pretty little thing. Not that looks are important - not even for a woman. You don't look at the mantelpiece when you poke the fire.
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Version of The Entertainer (1968) See more »

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Why Should I Care?
(uncredited)
Music by John Addison
Lyrics by John Osborne
Performed by Laurence Olivier
Played occasionally in the score
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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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