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A Chorus of Disapproval (1989)

A man new to a smallish British town joins an amateur theatre company. Once there, he discovers that the drama on stage is quite often nothing compared to what's happening behind the scenes... See full summary »

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Cast

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Guy Jones
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Ted Washbrook
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Enid Washbrook
Gareth Hunt ...
Ian Hubbard
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Jarvis Huntley-Pike
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Linda Washbrook
Alexandra Pigg ...
Bridget Baines
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Hannah Ap Llewellyn
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Fay Hubbard
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Rebecca Huntley-Pike
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Crispin Usher
David King ...
Mr. Ames
Audrey Trotter ...
Mrs. Bawden
Dinah May ...
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A man new to a smallish British town joins an amateur theatre company. Once there, he discovers that the drama on stage is quite often nothing compared to what's happening behind the scenes: seduction, romance, faction fighting, and the inevitable jealosy. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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3 November 1989 (UK)  »

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Adorable seductor  »

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$216,373 (USA)
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The movie was filmed on location in the same place where the film and source stage play's story is set: Scarborough, in the county of North Yorkshire, in the country of England, UK. See more »

Goofs

When Guy Jones first arrives in Scarborough and goes to his lodgings in New Steps, off Foreshore Road, he looks out of the window to admire the view of the sea and the bay. This is followed by a shot which is apparently his point of view, but it is from a point about half a mile away near the south end of Cliff Bridge. See more »

Quotes

Dafydd Ap Llewellyn: Ian's just told me. About you and Hannah. You bastard. I just want you to know I think you're a total and utter bastard and that one of these days I hope you'll get what's coming to you.
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Dafydd Ap Llewellyn: Having said that, best of luck with the show tonight and I hope it goes really well for you.
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Allahabad
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Music by Trevor Duncan
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Underrated Michael Winner movie
25 March 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I never had the Alan Ayckbourn play to prejudice me while watching this delightful Michael Winner picture. I have seen some terrible reviews but felt I wanted to give an unbiased opinion for anyone thinking of watching this. Indeed, Alan Ayckbourn even collaborated on the screenplay with Winner so perhaps he felt it needed a different viewpoint as a movie, rather than as a play, who knows. Regardless of that, I just watched it as a movie and was surprisingly entertained. Jeremy Irons play Guy, recovering from the death of his wife, joins an amateur dramatic society headed by a bull of man, played with extraordinary gusto by Anthony Hopkins, a terrific performance, completed not long before he embarked on Silence of The Lambs, so he was at the top of his game. Irons is rather naïve and gets involved with rather seductive female members of the cast, at first, rather bewildered but then throwing himself in with enthusiasm. Prunella Scales gives a lovely, heartfelt performance as the frustrated wife of Anthony Hopkins who almost immediately falls in love with the tall handsome Irons. Jenny Seagrove is another seductress, although her motives are something more to do with a land deal that Irons is supposed to be able to secure for her and her husband (Gareth Hunt). Having a smattering of operetta knowledge will help the viewer as the cast are performing "The Beggar's Opera" with cast members constantly dropping out only to eventually hand the lead of Macheath to the inexperienced Irons. There is broad farce and pathos in Winner's direction which I really enjoyed and although Jeremy Irons is a bit bland it's made up for with Hopkin's blistering performance. Nice to see Sylvia Syms, another favourite of mine, in her middle years, still beautiful and still underrated, as is this movie.


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