A married, middle-aged woman is shocked to discover that her husband, who she thought was content in their marriage, has become infatuated with a beautiful younger woman and is planning to leave his family for her.
J. Lee Thompson
Henry Hobson is a successful bootmaker, a widower and a tyrannical father of three daughters. The girls each want to leave their father by getting married, but Henry refuses because marriage traditions require him to pay out settlements.
Brenda de Banzie
A young woman lives a life filled with bad choices. She marries and has a child with an abusive thief at a young age who quickly ends up in prison. Left alone she takes up with his mate (... See full summary »
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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
A Wonderful film with almost Greek tragedy sentiment
The Entertainer is one of those great films that makes you stop and think about the has been entertainers like Archie after their heyday. I could see the relationship between Joan Plowright and Laurence Olivier evolve from the screen into a love affair. Joan is quite brilliant playing his daughter and Larry is well one of Britain's greatest treasures from the theater. I also enjoyed Dame Thora Hird's role as the mother of a contest winner. The story is rather complicated but it is richly interpreteted onto the film. We feel sorry and love Archie despite his obvious flaws and faults. We support him in the end and know why he did it? After all the show must go on. Morecambe, Lancashire is also Dame Thora's birthplace and hometown. It's great to see legends like Dame Thora Hird, Dame Joan Plowright and Lord Laurence Olivier.
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