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
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Two of the characters names are changed from the original stage play: Lloyd Dallas (the director) and Frederick Fellows (the actor). In the movie version they are Lloyd Fellows (the director) and Frederick Dallas (the actor). See more »
Glass in Lloyd's hand after he takes a pill and a drink of whiskey on stage. See more »
Curtains going up! Curtains going... up! Curtains going up!
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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"Noises Off..." is one crazy movie. Based on Michael Frynn's play, it's
about an inept travelling theater group doing stage productions of a British
sex farce. The problem with this play is that as each month passes by while
stopping from city to city, the actors start getting at each others throats.
Michael Caine is hilariously funny as the frustrated director who gets to
the point where he can't bear to deal with his clumsy actors because of the
tumult backstage. "Noises Off..." is filmed in three different parts. First
there's the rehearsal just before opening night in Des Moines, Iowa. Next
there's a stop in Miami Beach where we see almost all the action taking
place backstage. Finally there's the stop in Cleveland where the show
practically falls flat on its face. This final part of the movie felt like
torture to me. Nevertheless, "Noises Off..." is very funny most of the time
and I did laugh alot. Besides Caine, the great cast also features Carol
Burnett, John Ritter, Christopher Reeve, Julie Hagerty, Marilu Henner,
Denholm Elliott, Mark Linn-Baker, and Nicollette Sheridan. All give funny
performances and that helps to make "Noises Off..." a very good
*** (out of four)
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