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Noises Off... (1992)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 20 March 1992 (USA)
A travelling theater group find so much action going on behind-the-scenes, they almost ruin the performances.

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Des Moines Stagehand
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Kim Sebastian ...
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Broadway Stagehand (as L.B. Straten)
J. Christopher Sullivan ...
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Kimberly Neville ...
Miami Usher
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Lloyd Fellowes is the director of a theatre company. He's desperately trying to get his production together, despite the best efforts of the cast, the crew, and Lady Luck. We follow the production from final rehersals, through opening night, and onto the tour: as with any group of actors forced to work closely together for any great length of time, romances and arguments are bound to break out. Quite often, what's happening on stage is nothing compared to what's happening backstage.... Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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The comedy where everyone gets caught in the act!

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,280,148
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Audrey Hepburn was offered a major role. See more »

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When we see the show from the stage, there are fake walls visible behind all the doors. When we see the show from backstage, those fake walls are missing from all the upstairs doors (although present for the downstairs doors). See more »

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[first lines]
Usher: Curtains going up! Curtains going... up! Curtains going up!
Lloyd: [voiceover] A big Broadway opening. Everybody who's anybody in New York is inside this theater tonight. Everybody but one man. This man - ME!
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Village of the Giants (1994) See more »

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There's No Business Like Show Business
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Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by Niki Harris
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Hilarious. Almost laughed my head off.
9 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

Michael Frayn's "Noises Off" is the farce to end all farces, a hilariously funny play that had me fall off my cinema seat repeatedly because I just couldn't stop laughing.

In it, a group of moderately talented actors attempts to perform a bedroom farce called "Nothing On", but their own incompentence and personal disagreements get in the way to result in perfect, bizarre chaos like nothing ever seen before on screen.

This is a long-time favourite on the stage, and Peter Bogdanovich has masterly brought it to the screen. It's all about timing, you see (oh yes, and "doors and sardines", as one of the characters puts it), and the timing is just perfect, which is quite an achievement, given the movie's extraordinarily fast pace.

I give this movie 10 points, not for depth (which there isn't), but for 90 minutes of perfect, witty, fast-paced and extremely funny comedy.


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