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Director:
Writers:
John Osborne (screenplay) and
Nigel Kneale (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
2 December 1960 (Denmark) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
As the applause grew fainter ... As the spotlight grew dimmer ... His women were younger!
Plot:
Archie Rice, an old-time British vaudeville performer sinking into final defeat, schemes to stay in show business. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
"What Do I Care" See more (24 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Laurence Olivier ... Archie Rice
Brenda de Banzie ... Phoebe Rice

Roger Livesey ... Billy Rice

Joan Plowright ... Jean Rice

Alan Bates ... Frank Rice
Daniel Massey ... Graham

Albert Finney ... 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
James Culliford ... Cobber Carson (as James Cuillford)
Gilbert Davis ... Brother Bill

Charles Gray ... Columnist
Gwen Nelson
Hope Jackman ... Morecambe Mother
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Nigel Davenport ... Theatre Manager (uncredited)
Angie Dean ... Alhambra Sister (uncredited)
Debbie Dean ... Alhambra Sister (uncredited)
Jo Linden ... Gloria (uncredited)
Tony Longridge ... Mr. Wilfrid Lapford (uncredited)
Roger Manvell ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Shirli Scott-James ... Girl (uncredited)
Tony Selby ... Teddy Boy (uncredited)
James Thornhill ... Stage Door Keeper (uncredited)
Vicky Travers ... Nude (uncredited)
Mercia Turner ... Britannia (uncredited)
Constance Wells ... Scots Singer (uncredited)
Hermon Wells ... Scots Singer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Tony Richardson 
 
Writing credits
John Osborne (screenplay) and
Nigel Kneale (screenplay)

John Osborne  adaptation

Produced by
John Croydon .... associate producer
Harry Saltzman .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Addison 
 
Cinematography by
Oswald Morris 
 
Film Editing by
Alan Osbiston 
 
Casting by
Maude Spector (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Ralph W. Brinton  (as Ralph Brinton)
 
Costume Design by
Jocelyn Rickards 
 
Makeup Department
Bill Griffiths .... hairdresser
Tony Sforzini .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
R.L.M. Davidson .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Stevenson .... third assistant director
Peter Yates .... assistant director
Roy Millichip .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Ted Marshall .... assistant art director
Basil Mannin .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Tony Woollard .... draughtsman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Chris Greenham .... sound editor
Peter Handford .... sound
Bob Jones .... sound
Norman Bolland .... sound maintenance (uncredited)
Des Edwards .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Ken Ritchie .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Denys N. Coop .... camera operator (as Denys Coop)
Ginger Gemmel .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Ronnie Maasz .... focus puller (uncredited)
Mike Rutter .... clapper loader (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Barbara Gillett .... wardrobe (as Barbara Gillette)
 
Music Department
John Addison .... conductor
Ronald Cass .... associate musical director (as Ronnie Cass)
William Blezard .... music arranger: Chopin (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Honor Blair .... stager
Maggie Shipway .... continuity (as Margaret Shipway)
Maggie Unsworth .... continuity (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
96 min | USA:105 min (TCM print)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Australia:G (TV rating) | Australia:X (original rating) | Finland:S | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | UK:X (original rating)

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Trivia:
Includes the movie debuts of Albert Finney, Alan Bates, and Joan Plowright.See more »
Quotes:
Archie Rice:Old Archie isn't going to get his oats after all.See more »
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Soundtrack:
I Don't Care Where They Bury My BodySee more »

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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
"What Do I Care", 21 August 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

That little song that Laurence Olivier sings through out The Entertainer as part of his musical hall act really does sum up his philosophy of life.

Outside of the classics this is Olivier's greatest role and some would not even put that qualifier on his performance. Olivier retained great affection for his role as Archie Rice. He said it contained more of the real him than any other role.

That's hard to believe because what Archie Rice is is a third rate song and dance man. His father played by Roger Livesey was a great performer back in the day. But Archie never has and never will make it to the top. Think Frank Sinatra and Frank Sinatra, Jr. and you get some idea.

He's more like Willy Loman in that he's facing his midlife crisis, knowing full well he's not really accomplished all that much. Still he plods on. Unlike Willy the luckless middle-aged salesman, Archie's full of tricks. His credit is all gone, and he's planning to woo and win a young beauty who's an airhead like her mom with the object of getting their backing for a new show. He's ready to throw over wife Brenda DaBanzie without a by your leave.

The only one who Olivier has any kind of human feelings for is his daughter played by Joan Plowright. It was in the original cast of The Entertainer that Olivier first met the woman who became the third and last Mrs. Olivier. When he was made a peer in fact Joan became Lady Olivier.

In fact from the Broadway production, Olivier, Plowright and DaBanzie were the only ones from that cast who were in the film. But some rising young talent like Alan Bates, Albert Finney, and Daniel Massey all got some good first notice in The Entertainer playing Olivier's two sons and Plowright's fiancé.

The Entertainer is a downer of a film. There ain't a middle aged man who doesn't know what Archie is going through. But our sympathies are never with him. Usually that would mean one big box office flop if the audience can't sympathize or empathize. But it's Olivier's skill as a player that makes us want to see what does become of Archie.

It's an ending, but in a very minor key. Well deserved I thought.

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