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Richard Curtis (written by)
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21 September 1990 (USA) See more »
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Dexter King plays straight man to unpleasant comedian Ron Anderson. He falls in love with Kate, a pretty... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Ironically, its Rowan who plays the straight man in Richard Curtis' fictionalised version of his frustration playing straight man for Rowan. See more (47 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jeff Goldblum ... Dexter King

Emma Thompson ... Kate

Rowan Atkinson ... Ron Anderson

Geraldine James ... Carmen
Emil Wolk ... Charlie

Kim Thomson ... Cheryl
Harold Innocent ... Timothy

Anna Massey ... Mary
Joanna Kanska ... Tamara
Peter Kelly ... Gavin
Tim Barlow ... Mr. Morrow (as Timothy Barlow)
Hugh Thomas ... Dr. Karabekian
Charles Augins ... Choreographer
Peter Brewis ... Freddy
Joolia Cappleman ... Costume Designer
John Waldon ... Company Stage Manager
Angus Deayton ... Actor in Agent's Office
Robin Driscoll ... Actor in Agent's Office
Harriet Keevil ... Mary's Secretary
Tony Forsyth ... Berkoff Actor
Stephen Marchant ... Berkoff Actor
Ian Lindsay ... TV Director
Kate Duchêne ... Old Girlfriend (as Kate Duchene)
Angela Meredith ... Old Girlfriend
Fred Bryant ... Dying Old Man
Susan Field ... Dr. Freud
Michael Fitzgerald ... Man with Vacuum Cleaner Pipe
Matthew Francis ... Emergency Doctor

Jason Isaacs ... Doctor 2
Francis Johnson ... Male Nurse
Charles Lamb ... Old Man in Wheelchair
Martin Sadler ... Doctor 1
Thomas Lockyer ... Michael
Kate Lonergan ... Stage Manager - Rubberface
Declan Mulholland ... Rubberface Doorman
Anthony Woodruff ... Elephant Doorman
Simon Bell ... After Dark Presenter
Susan Beresford ... W.P.C.
Sarah-Jane Fenton ... Actress at Awards Show
Piers Fletcher ... Piers Fletcher
Jon Glover ... Singing Underpants (voice)
Neil Hamilton ... Naked George
Bob Appleby ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Wayne Anthoney ... 'Elephant' Chorus (as Wayne Antony)
Peter Barry ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Mike De Souter ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Steve Graf ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Stacey Haynes ... 'Elephant' Chorus
B.J. Rambo ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Bruce Leader ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Jan Lloyd ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Kenny Linden ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Jerry Manley ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Toby Philpott ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Ruby-Marie Hutchinson ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Kim Rosato ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Wendy Schoeman ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Nadine Shenton ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Dougie Trevor ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Stephen Tye ... 'Elephant' Chorus
Melvyn Bragg ... Melvyn Bragg

John Inman ... John Inman
Suggs ... Suggs

Jonathan Ross ... Jonathan Ross
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Richard Curtis ... Man Leaving Bathroom (uncredited)

Derek Lyons ... Singing Man in Bed (uncredited)

Mel Smith ... Drunken Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Mel Smith 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Richard Curtis  written by

Produced by
Tim Bevan .... executive producer
Paul Webster .... producer
 
Original Music by
Peter Brewis 
 
Cinematography by
Adrian Biddle 
 
Film Editing by
Dan Rae 
 
Production Design by
Grant Hicks 
 
Costume Design by
Denise Simmons 
 
Makeup Department
Daniel Parker .... prosthetics designer
Morag Ross .... makeup department head
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bernard Bellew .... third assistant director
Waldo Roeg .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Alan Booth .... construction manager
 
Sound Department
Peter Glossop .... production sound mixer
Peter Maxwell .... sound re-recording mixer
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer
Cormac Tohill .... sound recordist
Steve Hancock .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Noel Wallace .... dubbing projectionist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Jim Dowdall .... stunt coordinator
Elaine Ford .... stunts
Richard Hammatt .... stunts
Jeff Hewitt-Davis .... stunts (as Jeff Davis)
Colin Skeaping .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Kevin Day .... gaffer
Ian Foster .... camera operator
Kevin Fraser .... key grip
Gary Varney .... electrician
 
Editorial Department
Paul Elman .... second assistant editor
Gregory Heim .... assistant editor (US version)
Jonathan Lucas .... first assistant editor
Steve Porter .... final colorist
 
Music Department
Nina Anstee .... orchestra contractor
Paul Hulme .... music engineer
Alan Lawrence .... music co-ordinator
 
Other crew
William Green .... production coordinator
Neil Hamilton .... stand-in
Shari Piper .... stand-in
 

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Runtime:
92 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia:
The car that races to the Hospital at the end of the film (a blue Aston Martin registration "COMIC") belonged to Rowan Atkinson. Dexter is pulled over by the police for speeding, just in the same way Atkinson was in real life, in the very same car. Atkinson received a driving ban as a result of the incident.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Kate and Dexter would not have been able to place ladders against the poster of Ron Anderson; the next scene shows an awning that would have been in the way.See more »
Quotes:
[Dexter is visiting Kate in her flat]
Kate:Sorry about last night, I was very tired.
[pause]
Kate:I'm less tired now, though...
Dexter:I'm not tired either.
Kate:Great! Two people... on their own... in the middle of the afternoon... and not tired!
[pause]
Dexter:Ideal circumstances for Scrabble.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in 100 Greatest Sexy Moments (2003) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Heartbreak HotelSee more »

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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Ironically, its Rowan who plays the straight man in Richard Curtis' fictionalised version of his frustration playing straight man for Rowan., 27 June 2004
Author: Ben_Cheshire from Oz

Richard Curtis has written some impressive romantic comedies (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones, Love Actually) and had his hand in the writing of some of the top British TV comedy of our time (Mr Bean, Not the 9 O'Clock news, Blackadder). This was one of his first scripts to be turned into a feature film.

He wrote this script about his own experience playing straight man to Rowan Atkinson on his early tours. Curtis was frustrated in real life with being under the shadow of Atkinson, but the script obviously makes a caricature out of this by turning Atkinson into a terrible, nasty villain. But, Rowan fans beware, this is not as fun as it sounds. The unkindest touch of all was added by Rowan himself. He makes himself appear completely unfunny. He plays his backstage self without a touch of humour or subversion - one would almost swear that Rowan just really was a nasty bast*rd.

But anyone who's seen Rowan's stage shows, or Not the 9 O'Clock News, knows that Rowan can play a bastard with ironic humour, where we know he's only kidding - on stage, Rowan specialised in bastards like the vicars and schoolmasters he's played, and nobodies like Mr Bean. Here, Rowan knew it was important for the story for Rowan to not actually be funny, and the straight man to actually be funny. Plus, we need to root for the straight man (played by Jeff Golblum). Rowan's being a villain is the story's main source of conflict and dramatic tension. Without it, there isn't a story. So Rowan has, ironically, done a brave and humble thing by agreeing to play it completely straight, humourless and cold - and he shows himself a really good dramatic actor (though the experience may be disheartening for Rowan fans).

So if you're a Rowan fan, this will not be for you. If you're a Richard Curtis fan, this is a fairly simple and conventional script, but its quite a fun romantic comedy nonetheless. Emma Thomson is suitably cold and severe, and Jeff Golblum makes a good everyman. 6/10.

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