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Staircase (1969)

Charles Dyer and Harry Leeds are a couple that have been living together for nearly 20 years. Both earn a living as hairdressers in the West End of London and both care deeply for their ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Michael Rogers ...
Drag Singer (as Rogers)
Royston Starr ...
Drag Singer (as Starr)
Jake Kavanagh ...
Choirboy
Dermot Kelly ...
Gravedigger
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Harry Leeds
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Charlie Dyer
Gordon Heath ...
Postman
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Harry's Mother
Avril Angers ...
Miss Ricard
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Policeman
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Cub Mistress
Gwen Nelson ...
Matron
Pat Heywood ...
Nurse
Beatrix Lehmann ...
Charlie's Mother
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Jack
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Charles Dyer and Harry Leeds are a couple that have been living together for nearly 20 years. Both earn a living as hairdressers in the West End of London and both care deeply for their mothers, but not each other as time apart takes its toll on their relationship when Harry has to care for his invalid mother who snips at him every chance she gets. Written by Anonymous

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Trivia

A critical and financial disaster at the box office. See more »

Quotes

Harry Leeds, Owner of Chez Harry: [consoling Charlie] We'll build a staircase up to the sky. We'll not be lonely, flying so high.
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Crazy Credits

The credits are repeated over and over, getting smaller at the top of the screen to give the image of a staircase. See more »

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Referenced in Sex at 24 Frames Per Second (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

All Things Bright and Beautiful
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Music by William H. Monk and lyrics by Cecil F. Alexander
[Incorrectly credited as 'Traditional hymn']
Performed by Jake Kavanagh & Dermot Kelly
[The choirboy and the gravedigger sing the hymn while Harry is at the churchyard]
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Life's like that, imperfect, warts and all
23 June 2001 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A curious excursion by two of the best actors in film history. Of course they run against the social grain of the day with this topic of a maturing gay couple growing old together, displaying their ordinary weaknesses by tit-for-tat banter both humorous and stark. It rather reminds me of the "kitchen sink" variety of dramas -- no frills and a steady dose of everyday realism which most of us prefer to not see since the reason we watch movies at all is to help us forget the sober realities of life.

There's little room for niceties here to redeem it but that isn't the purpose anyways. I almost get the feeling of a bleak setting in the style of Charles Dickens but with a very modern day twist to it.

I agree it would have been more convincing to have two other actors more suited to this type of subject; however, 'hats off' for the Burton/Harrison endeavor, they are indeed versatile in their craft. I was quite absorbed in the continual tense exchanges between these two as it's such a total departure from the usual roles we remember them by. Real life is seldom fair, is it.


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