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The Dresser -- An effeminate personal assistant of a deteriorating veteran actor struggles to get him through a difficult performance of King Lear.

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Director:
Writer:
Ronald Harwood (screenplay)
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Release Date:
6 December 1983 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
What happens backstage is always true drama. And often pure comedy.
Plot:
An effeminate personal assistant of a deteriorating veteran actor struggles to get him through a difficult performance of King Lear. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 12 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Hats off to all included! See more (33 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Albert Finney ... Sir

Tom Courtenay ... Norman

Edward Fox ... Oxenby
Zena Walker ... Her Ladyship

Eileen Atkins ... Madge

Michael Gough ... Frank Carrington
Cathryn Harrison ... Irene
Betty Marsden ... Violet Manning
Sheila Reid ... Lydia Gibson
Lockwood West ... Geoffrey Thornton
Donald Eccles ... Mr. Godstone
Llewellyn Rees ... Horace Brown
Guy Manning ... Benton
Anne Blackman ... Beryl (as Anne Mannion)
Kevin Stoney ... C. Rivers Lane
Ann Way ... Miss White
John Sharp ... Mr. Bottomley
Kathy Staff ... Bombazine Woman
Roger Avon ... Charles
Christopher Irvin ... Evelyn the Airman
Stuart Richman ... Evelyn's Friend
Sandra Gough ... Actress on Station
Joe Belcher ... Arthur
Johnny Maxfield ... Electrician
Paul Luty ... Stallkeeper
Lori Wells ... Barmaid
Alan Starkey ... Train Guard
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ralph Morse ... Man at Station
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Directed by
Peter Yates 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ronald Harwood  screenplay

Produced by
Ronald Harwood .... producer
Nigel Wooll .... associate producer
Peter Yates .... producer
 
Original Music by
James Horner 
 
Cinematography by
Kelvin Pike (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ray Lovejoy 
 
Casting by
Noel Davis 
 
Production Design by
Stephen B. Grimes  (as Stephen Grimes)
 
Art Direction by
Colin Grimes 
 
Set Decoration by
Josie MacAvin 
 
Costume Design by
Rosemary Burrows 
 
Makeup Department
Alan Boyle .... makeup artist
Alan Brownie .... makeup assistant
Barbara Ritchie .... hair stylist
Joan White .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Aherne .... third assistant director
Andy Armstrong .... first assistant director
Christopher Figg .... second assistant director
Asad Qureshi .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
John Chisholm .... property master
Geoff Langley .... construction manager
Grahame Ménage .... scenic artist
Terry Perks .... stand-by props
Jill Quertier .... property buyer
Rosalind Shingleton .... draughtsperson
Micky Swift .... stand-by props
Duncan Guest .... carpenter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Chandler .... boom operator
John Hayward .... dubbing mixer
Stephen Janisz .... assistant dubbing editor
David John .... sound mixer
Matthew Launay .... sound maintenance
Peter Pennell .... sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Batt .... camera grip
Gordon Gowing .... best boy
Dewi Humphreys .... camera operator
Paul Kenward .... assistant camera
Barry Peake .... still photographer
Peter Robinson .... camera focus
Freddie Webster .... gaffer
 
Casting Department
Dorothy Andrew .... crowd casting (as Dorothy Andrews)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rosemary Burrows .... wardrobe supervisor
Eve Faloon .... wardrobe assistant
Ken Lawton .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Helen Eley .... second assistant editor
Gordon Stainforth .... assistant film editor
Toby Yates .... editor trainee
 
Music Department
Eric Tomlinson .... music recording engineer
James Horner .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Garry Clark .... unit driver
 
Other crew
Virginia Ashton .... secretary to producer
Simon Finney .... unit runner
Carl S. Griffin .... assistant accountant
Joy Helman .... publicist
Jak King .... production accountant
Michael John Knatchbull .... location manager
Rachel Neale .... production coordinator
Caroline Sax .... continuity
 
Thanks
Paul Andrews .... the producers would also like to thank The Alhambra Theatre Manager for their assistance during the making of this picture
Fred Wade .... the producers would also like to thank the stage crew under the supervision of, for their assistance during the making of this picture
 

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Runtime:
118 min
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Color (Rankcolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
Both of the film's lead actors, Tom Courtenay and Albert Finney, came from North of Watford in England. Both of their careers as actors had emerged during the 1960s, particularly in the British "kitchen sink' / "angry young man" melodramas of the period. Ironically though, the two hardly knew each other.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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:
Madge:No, I haven't been happy. Yes, it's been worth it.See more »
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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Hats off to all included!, 9 September 2003
Author: miran_kor (miran_kor@yahoo.com) from Slovenia

A fantastic cinema experience. I really enjoyed seeing this truly magnificent film in the theater when it came out. There is nothing to add, except that is a terrible shame that sir Albert Finney still isn't accepted by the AMPAS (American Academy). After roles in such films as Tom Jones, Murder on the Orient Express, Under the Volcano (to name only few - for these he was nominated for the Oscar), The Dresser is arguably his highlight, yet...

I know, Oscars are just a popularity contest, but if Americans like British actors and actresses ("and the Oscar goes to" Jeremy Irons, Daniel Day-Lewis, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Glenda Jackson etc. - and they all deserved the award!), why they always left Sir Finney with empty hands?

On the other hand, they gave it to John Wayne and Marisa Tomei (in My Cousin Vinny). I don't know, should I laugh or cry?

If you have seen the two leads in The Dresser you won't forget what is the art of acting. Watch this film and enjoy! I recommend it to everyone who loves art.

I give 9/10 for this excellent film (1 point missing for non-cinematic material, after all it is "just" a filmed stage play).

Note: My rating criteria is much stricter than the one on IMDb (10 only for the Cinematic masterpiece that should/could last forever).

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