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The Dresser (1983)

 -  Drama  -  6 December 1983 (USA)
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An effeminate personal assistant of a deteriorating veteran actor struggles to get him through a difficult performance of King Lear.

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Cathryn Harrison ...
Irene
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Violet Manning
Sheila Reid ...
Lydia Gibson
Lockwood West ...
Geoffrey Thornton
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Mr. Godstone
Llewellyn Rees ...
Horace Brown
Guy Manning ...
Benton
Anne Blackman ...
Beryl (as Anne Mannion)
Kevin Stoney ...
C. Rivers Lane
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In a touring Shakespearean theater group, a backstage hand - the dresser, is devoted to the brilliant but tyrannical head of the company. He struggles to support the deteriorating star as the company struggles to carry on during the London blitz. The pathos of his backstage efforts rival the pathos in the story of Lear and the Fool that is being presented on-stage, as the situation comes to a crisis. Written by xenophil

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What happens backstage is always true drama. And often pure comedy.

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El vestidor  »

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Albert Finney won the Silver Bear Award for Best Actor for this film at the 34th Berlin International Film Festival in 1984. See more »

Goofs

After Sir and Norman leave the marketplace, they're passed by a Routemaster bus. These buses were first used in London in 1954, and weren't used outside London until the 1970's. See more »

Quotes

Sir: Keep your teeth in!
Geoffrey: It's only when I'm nervous
Sir: You will be nervous. I guarantee it.
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Simply put: this is great film making.
27 September 1999 | by (Pa.) – See all my reviews



What more can you ask for? A great screenplay based on one of the finest plays of the latter half of the 20th century, two fine emotional performances by Courtney and Finney, a realistic vision of war time london, a great supporting cast. This film takes you on an emotional rollercoaster through humour, sadness, loss and fulfillment. if you are in the theatre it is even more effective. This is a true 10 on the rating scale !


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