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Director:
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Charles Dyer (screenplay)
Charles Dyer (play)
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Release Date:
20 August 1969 (USA) See more »
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Can this marriage last? See more »
Plot:
Charles Dyer and Harry Leeds are a couple that have been living together for nearly 20 years. Both earn... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rex Harrison ... Charles Dyer

Richard Burton ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Katya Wyeth ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Stanley Donen 
 
Writing credits
Charles Dyer (screenplay)

Charles Dyer (play "Staircase")

Produced by
Stanley Donen .... producer
 
Original Music by
Dudley Moore 
 
Cinematography by
Christopher Challis (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Richard Marden 
 
Casting by
Maude Spector 
 
Art Direction by
Willy Holt 
 
Makeup Department
Ron Berkeley .... makeup artist: Mr. Burton
Alberto De Rossi .... makeup artist: Mr. Harrison
Alain Folgoas .... special makeup effects assistant: Mr Burton (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Marc Maurette .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marc Grunebaum .... assistant director
Pierre Roubaud .... assistant director
Bernard Stora .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jean-Louis Ducarme .... sound mixer
Kenout Peltier .... dubbing editor
Alex Pront .... sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Philippe Brun .... camera operator
Freddie Cooper .... camera operator (as Frederick Cooper)
Roy Larner .... gaffer (uncredited)
Jacques Mironneau .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Clare Rendlesham .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Other crew
Maurice Binder .... title designer
Arthur Carroll .... production executive
 
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96 min | UK:100 min
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Trivia:
On-screen credits photographically juggle names of Richard Burton and Rex Harrison so quickly it is nearly (and deliberately) impossible to figure out who is top-billed star without benefit of home video freeze frame.See more »
Quotes:
Charles Dyer:I feel like a whore at a choir boy's orgy.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Sex at 24 Frames Per Second (2003) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
StaircaseSee more »

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Two great actors and a bit of sensibility, 25 July 2010
Author: merbelle from jersey shore

I can see why this might have been disappointing from a 1969 perspective, especially if it was the first relatively mainstream gay couple movie. They behave like an old embittered married couple, hardly promoting the concept of gay relationship harmony. If you're gay, you may have hoped for people with more obvious emotional strength and dignity, to start things off.

But from this end, nearly 40 years later, there's a great deal to admire. Most of us can see them as just people, yes, suffering the issues of the day in certain respects, but otherwise going through the same relationship struggles experienced by any two people who've been together for a very long time.

With only a few mild changes, this movie could be set today, because it's confronting the aging process, a somewhat unequal relationship, the problem of elderly parents—just plain real life stuff told with pathos and humor.

As to the swishiness of either character, say all you want about the womanizing ways of these two actors, they both swished and preened through many of their other previous roles as well. It was enhanced in this movie, but not unnaturally so. There's now enough water under the bridge for us to understand this isn't the Singular Gay Trait, but it certainly does exist, and it's not necessarily the evidence for self-loathing by these two characters. Anyone can have doubts about themselves, and most of us do, in one way or another.

It's not a great movie, because it moves in fits and spurts and there are moments that seem a little emotionally vacant. But it's a decent movie because the characters are believable and you do grow to care for and about them.

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