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Alan Bennett (screenplay)
John Lahr (based on the biography by)
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Release Date:
8 May 1987 (USA) See more »
They shared everything - except success.
This film is the story of the spectacular life and violent death of British playwright Joe Orton. In his teens... See more » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 7 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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Fantastic- need I say more? See more (27 total) »


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Gary Oldman ... Joe Orton

Alfred Molina ... Kenneth Halliwell

Vanessa Redgrave ... Peggy Ramsay

Wallace Shawn ... John Lahr

Lindsay Duncan ... Anthea Lahr

Julie Walters ... Elsie Orton
James Grant ... William Orton

Frances Barber ... Leonie Orton
Janet Dale ... Mrs Sugden
Dave Atkins ... Mr Sugden

Margaret Tyzack ... Madame Lambert
Eric Richard ... Education Officer
William Job ... RADA Chairman
Rosalind Knight ... RADA Judge
Angus MacKay ... RADA Judge
Linda Spurrier ... RADA Instructor
Charlotte Wodehouse ... Janet
Helena Michell ... Orton's Friends

Sean Pertwee ... Orton's Friends
Liam De Staic ... Brickie (as Liam de Staic)
Charles McKeown ... Mr Cunliffe

Selina Cadell ... Miss Battersby
Bert Parnaby ... Magistrate
Anthony Carrick ... Counsel (as Antony Carrick)

Neil Dudgeon ... Policeman

Richard Wilson ... Psychiatrist
Christopher Guinee ... Publisher
Stevan Rimkus ... Kenneth

Michael Müller ... BBC Actor 1 (as Michael Mueller)
Anthony Douse ... BBC Actor 2

John Kane ... Director

Steven Mackintosh ... Simon Ward

Garry Cooper ... Actor 1 - Mr Sloane

Roger Lloyd Pack ... Actor 2
Joanne Connelly ... Stage Manager
John Moffatt ... Wigmaker
Philippa Davies ... Peggy Ramsay's Secretary
David Cardy ... Brian Epstein
Julie Legrand ... Gallery Owner
Noel Davis ... Philip
Jane Blackburn ... Woman in Gallery 1
Stella Richman ... Woman in Gallery 2
Neville Phillips ... Man in Gallery

Jonny Phillips ... Youth Outside Lavatory (as Jonathan Phillips)
Richard Ireson ... Man Outside Lavatory
Ahmed Elgheur ... Moroccan Boy 1 (as Ahmed El Jheur)
Moktar Dagmouni ... Moroccan Boy 2

Sian Thomas ... Marilyn Orton
Stephen Bill ... George Barnett

Karl Johnson ... Douglas Orton

David Bradley ... Undertaker
Simon Adams ... Undertaker's Boy
James Duggan ... Labourer
Max Stafford-Clark ... Awards Chairman (as Max Stafford Clark)
Mark Brignal ... Beatles Chauffeur
Joan Sanderson ... Anthea's Mother
Neville Smith ... Police Inspector
Spencer Leigh ... Constable

John Salthouse ... Chauffeur

Robin Hooper ... Mortuary Attendant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Bailey ... Wigmaker (uncredited)

Derek Jarman ... Patrick Proktor (uncredited)

Queen Elizabeth II ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Stephen Frears 
Writing credits
Alan Bennett (screenplay)

John Lahr (based on the biography by)

Produced by
Andrew Brown .... producer
Original Music by
Stanley Myers 
Cinematography by
Oliver Stapleton 
Film Editing by
Mick Audsley 
Casting by
Debbie McWilliams 
Production Design by
Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski  (as Hugo Luczyc Wyhowski)
Art Direction by
Philip Elton 
Costume Design by
Bob Ringwood 
Makeup Department
Elaine Carew .... makeup supervisor
Sally Harrison .... hair stylist
Peter Owen .... wig consultant
Production Management
Zakaria Alaoui .... production manager: Morocco
Ann Wingate .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lee Cleary .... second assistant director
Ahmed Hatimi .... assistant director: Morocco
Adam Walton .... third assistant director
Michael Zimbrich .... first assistant director
Art Department
Eric Armstrong .... stand-by stagehand
Gari Bacon .... stand-by props
Ray Barrett .... construction manager
Bill Bernie .... stand-by painter
Michael Campbell .... painter
Nobby Clark .... stand-by rigger
Jack Dyer .... stagehand (as John Dyer)
Pat Griffin .... carpenter
Jayne Hatfield .... trainee property buyer
Peter Hedges .... dressing props
Steve Hedinger .... decor and lettering artist
Les Jiggins .... painter
David Ned Kelly .... stand-by carpenter (as Ned Kelly)
Matt Langley .... carpenter (as Matthew Langley)
Tony Mansey .... chargehand carpenter
Milou .... props: Morocco
Ray Perry Sr. .... property master (as Ray Perry)
Raymond Perry .... location property master (as Ray Perry Jnr)
Julie Sheppard .... assistant art director
John Spottiswood .... scenic artist (as John Kirby Spottiswood)
Bob Starrett .... collages
Jeanne Vertigan .... property buyer
Jack Dyer .... chargehand stagehand (uncredited)
Sound Department
Simon Hayter .... boom operator
Judi Headman .... boom operator
Tony Jackson .... sound recordist
Peter Maxwell .... re-recording mixer
Katrina Sheldon .... dialogue editor
Rosie Straker .... boom operator
Sarah Thomas .... assistant dubbing editor
Brian Trenerry .... sound editor
Andrew Young .... projectionist: sound post-production
Steve Hancock .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Noel Wallace .... dubbing projectionist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Alexander Gunn .... special effects technician
Camera and Electrical Department
Malcolm Davies .... gaffer
Martin Duncan .... generator operator
Jonathan Earp .... assistant camera
John Etherington .... grip
Britt Harrison .... assistant camera
David Morgan .... focus puller
Sarah Quill .... still photographer
Dominic Seal .... electrician
Jack White .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Enrico Coveri .... contemporary costumes: Vanessa Redgrave
Janet Tebrooke .... wardrobe assistant
Patrick Wheatley .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Martyn Robinson .... second assistant editor
Annabel Ware .... first assistant editor
Location Management
Rachel Neale .... location manager
Chris Wheeldon .... location assistant
Music Department
John Harle's Berliner Band .... music performed by
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin
Chris Dibble .... music engineer
John Harle .... musical director
John Harle .... orchestrator
Stanley Myers .... composer: theme music
Graham Walker .... music production supervisor
Hans Zimmer .... musician: synthesizers
Transportation Department
Joe Drinkeld .... transportation
Other crew
Joanna Campling .... unit publicist
Penny Eyles .... script supervisor
Gerald Fitzsimon .... assistant accountant (as Gerard Fitzsimon)
Lorraine Goodman .... production coordinator
Vivienne Hammer .... accountant secretary
Deborah Harding .... production secretary
Tony Miller .... production accountant
Simon Moseley .... floor runner
Barney Reisz .... production runner
Julian Rothenstein .... titles
Toby Sherborne .... production runner
Phillip Small .... caterer
Joan Washington .... dialogue coach
Andrew Young .... projectionist
Hans Zimmer .... synthesizer
Chester Dent .... directing attachment (uncredited)
Zakaria Alaoui .... the producers wish to thank
John Doran .... the producers wish to thank
Robin Hopper .... the producers wish to thank
Derek Jarman .... the producers wish to thank
Anthea Lar .... the producers wish to thank
Oliver Neville .... the producers wish to thank (as Dr. Oliver Nesville)
Denise O'Dell .... the producers wish to thank
Patrick Procktor .... the producers wish to thank
Margaret Ramsay .... the producers wish to thank (as Peggy Ramsay)
Patrick Thursfield .... the producers wish to thank
Brian Wenham .... the producers wish to thank

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Additional Details

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105 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Italy:VM14 | New Zealand:R16 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 (original rating) | UK:15 (re-release) | USA:R

Did You Know?

The interior (certainly not the exterior as the real house is mid-terraced) of Joe and Ken's flat was filmed in the actual flat where Orton and Halliwell lived (25 Noel Road). However, the murder at the end is filmed on a studio set.See more »
Anachronisms: When Joe's agent first meets him in 1964, she asks him how he's been supporting himself. He tells her he's on public assistance, getting £3.10 per week. But new pence weren't introduced until 1971.See more »
Kenneth Halliwell:I can't remember when you last touched my cock. Well, I can actually. It was about two years ago. Only I can't remember the actual date. Pity. I could have put it in my diary. "The last time Joe touched my cock. Grouse shooting begins"See more »
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Referenced in Urinal (1989)See more »
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26 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Fantastic- need I say more?, 13 December 2003
Author: Bon_Jovi_chick from Manchester England

One of Gary Oldman's first films and need I say, one of the best? Based on the biography by John Lahr, this film tells the true story of British playwright Joe Orton and his "friend" Kenneth Halliwell.

This film is sad because we all know the outcome of Joe and Kenneth right from the beginning. Interesting storyline, fantastic acting all round especially from Gary Oldman (Joe) and Alfred Molina (Kenneth) who both absorb into the characters with incredible style.

This film is a classic, especially if youre a Gary Oldman. This is another piece of evidence that Gary can not just act in a role, he can go into it.


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