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Staircase (1969)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  20 August 1969 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Charles Dyer
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Harry Leeds, Owner of Chez Harry
Cathleen Nesbitt ...
Harry's Mother
Beatrix Lehmann ...
Charlie's Mother
Michael Rogers ...
Drag Singer
Royston Starr ...
Drag Singer
Jake Kavanagh ...
Choirboy
Dermot Kelly ...
Gravedigger
Gordon Heath ...
Postman
Avril Angers ...
Miss Ricard
Neil Wilson ...
Policeman
Shelagh Fraser ...
Cub Mistress
Gwen Nelson ...
Matron
Pat Heywood ...
Nurse
Stephen Lewis ...
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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Elizabeth Taylor was shooting The Only Game in Town (1970) at the same time as this film was in production. While that film is set in Las Vegas, Taylor demanded that director George Stevens shoot in France so she could be close to her husband, Richard Burton, who was filming Staircase (1969) with director Stanley Donen. This caused the budget of The Only Game in Town (1970) to grow higher than most large-scale, high-profile films that Fox was producing at the time. Ironically, the production of Staircase (1969) was moved to France to save money. See more »

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Charles Dyer: I feel like a whore at a choir boy's orgy.
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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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Staircase
Written by Dudley Moore and Stanley Donen
Performed by Michael Rogers and Royston Starr
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Burton gives one of his best performances.
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If you can get past your initial shock of seeing two of the theater's most notorious womanizers as a gay couple, you'll be rewarded with a surprisingly tender love story. Directed by Stanley Donen at the height of his powers (he had just filmed the classic "Two for the Road", another film about a battling couple), the film walks a very thin line between farce and straight-away depression, particularly in the heart-breaking scenes between Burton and his invalid mother, Cathleen Nesbitt. Burton is uncommonly good in a role that goes beyond initial stereotype into something very gentle and very telling: a portrait of a man who only wants as much love given to him, as he has to give. It's a marvelously affecting performance. Harrison proves less adept at his role; he plays it more for the back row than for the camera, but his chemistry with Burton cannot help but come through. A funny, sad film that does have something to say - not about gays or straights - but about lonely people and their search for love and acceptance.


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