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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dotty Otley / Mrs. Clackett
Selsdon Mowbray / The Burglar
Belinda Blair / Flavia Brent
Frederick Dallas / Philip Brent
Garry Lejeune / Roger Tramplemain
Brooke Ashton / Vicki
Des Moines Stagehand
Miami Stagehand
Kim Sebastian ...
Cleveland Stagehand
Broadway Stagehand (as L.B. Straten)
J. Christopher Sullivan ...
Miami Backstage Guard
Kimberly Neville ...
Miami Usher


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)  »

Also Known As:

Noises Off!  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)


$2,280,148 (USA)

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Denholm Elliott's last film. See more »


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 »


[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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Great movie!

This movie is a great film, period. Great concept, great cast, great plot. The inherent problem is the fact that most of this humor, though very fresh, is lost on most people. Unless you have acted on stage in some facet, this movie is mere slapstick. I saw this movie when I was younger, before I started acting, and I liked it, but it just seemed kind of shallow. Now that I have some stage under my belt, this movie's humor is mindblowing, because the insanity is just that outrageous. I'm not saying people can't like this movie if they aren't actors, but it helps. What helps this movie as well is the intellect of the humor. Below all the slapstick site gags and bad happenings, the depth of the character development is vast and beautiful, making you really think that these people, in the end, hate each other.

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