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The Dresser (1983)

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

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Irene
Betty Marsden ...
Violet Manning
Sheila Reid ...
Lydia Gibson
Lockwood West ...
Donald Eccles ...
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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6 December 1983 (USA)  »

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El vestidor  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,132, 11 December 1983, Limited Release

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$5,310,748
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One of two feature films directed by Peter Yates that were first released theatrically in 1983. Yates' other cinema movie that year was Krull (1983). Both motion pictures were produced by the Columbia Pictures studio. See more »

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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 »

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[as a train is leaving a station]
Sir: Stop that train!
[the train stops at once]
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Referenced in The King of Queens: Taste Buds (2003) See more »

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God Save the King
Music attributed to Henry Carey
Played by the theatre orchestra and sung by the theatre audience
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Simply put: this is great film making.
27 September 1999 | by 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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