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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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Dotty Otley / Mrs. Clackett
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Selsdon Mowbray / The Burglar
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Belinda Blair / Flavia Brent
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Frederick Dallas / Philip Brent
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Garry Lejeune / Roger Tramplemain
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Brooke Ashton / Vicki
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Des Moines Stagehand
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Miami Stagehand
Kim Sebastian ...
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Broadway Stagehand (as L.B. Straten)
J. Christopher Sullivan ...
Miami Backstage Guard
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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20 March 1992 (USA)  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,280,148 (USA)
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The play which the film is based on is done in three acts; act one is the final dress rehearsal; act two is the matinee performance; act three is the evening performance. The bridge scenes, with Michael Caine's voiceover narration, including the opening scene where he leaves the theatre and the ending scene where he returns, were written for the film and do not appear in the play. In the play, the last line is the frantic call for "Curtain!" See more »

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During the Des Moines performance, after Gary comes down the stairs saying, "Sex criminals everywhere! Vicki? Vick?" he kicks the tin that Belinda had dropped earlier. The one he kicks is very clearly dented by his kick, but the original tin lies upstage near the door to the kitchen. 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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Featured in Premio Donostia a Michael Caine (2000) 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 (Austria) – 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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