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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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Violet Manning
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Lydia Gibson
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Mr. Godstone
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Horace Brown
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Benton
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Beryl (as Anne Mannion)
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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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The original Broadway production of "The Dresser" by Ronald Harwood opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theater in New York on 9th November 1981 and ran for 200 performances until 1st May 1982. The production was nominated for the 1982 Tony Award for the Best Play. 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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Madge: No, I haven't been happy. Yes, it's been worth it.
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Version of The Dresser (2015) See more »

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A Nice Cup of Tea
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Lyrics by A.P. Herbert and music by Henry Sullivan
Sung by Tom Courtenay (as Norman)
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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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