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Director:
Writers:
John Osborne (play)
John Osborne (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 music hall 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:
From Spartacus to this role of has-been Entertainer -- amazing! See more (25 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Laurence Olivier ... Archie Rice (as Lawrence Olivier)
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 (as Shirley Ann Field)
Thora Hird ... Ada Lapford
Miriam Karlin ... Soubrette
Geoffrey Toone ... Harold Hubbard
MacDonald Hobley ... McDonald Hobley (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 ... 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)

Directed by
Tony Richardson 
 
Writing credits
John Osborne (play)

John Osborne (screenplay) and
Nigel Kneale (screenplay)

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
Peter Yates .... assistant director
Roy Millichip .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Michael Stevenson .... third 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 music director (as Ronnie Cass)
William Blezard .... music arranger: Chopin (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Honor Blair .... stager: Laurence Olivier's numbers
Maggie Unsworth .... continuity (as Margaret Shipway)
Pat Moon .... production secretary (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

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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:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:G (TV rating) | Australia:X18+ (original rating) | Finland:S | Netherlands:14 (orginal rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | UK:X (original rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Laurence Olivier is mistakenly billed as "Lawrence Olivier" in the end credits.See more »
Quotes:
Archie Rice:[to unresponsive audience] Don't clap too loudly, it's a very old building.See more »
Soundtrack:
The Boy I Love Is Up in the GallerySee more »

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29 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
From Spartacus to this role of has-been Entertainer -- amazing!, 8 July 2001
Author: lora64 from Canada

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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