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Peter's Friends (1992)

Six former college friends, with two new friends, gather for a New Year's Eve weekend reunion at a large English countryside manor after ten years to reminisce about the good times now long gone.

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Lord Morton
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Vera
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Mr. Gooch, Peter's Solicitor
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Baby Ben Charleston
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Seven friends in an acting troupe graduate from Cambridge University in 1982 and go their separate ways. Ten years later, Peter inherits a large estate from his father, and invites the rest of the gang to spend New Year's holiday with him. Many changes have taken place in the lives of all the friends assembled, but Peter has a secret that will shock them all. Written by Liza Esser <essereli@student.msu.edu>

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Kenneth Branagh's New Comedy About Love, Friendship And Other Natural Disasters See more »

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Rated R for language, and for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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25 December 1992 (USA)  »

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Los amigos de Peter  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,058,564 (USA)
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Was originally written for an American cast, but the film's location was moved to Britain when Kenneth Branagh joined the production. Ironically, Branagh had just come off of making Dead Again (1991), which had required him to master an American accent for his role in that film. See more »

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At the beginning of the film, Mary and Roger's nanny Brenda refers to Mary as "Mrs. Anderson", but according to the credits, Mary and Roger's last name is Charleston See more »

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Roger: Just one of those audience that enjoy it later, you know. They'll get home and think 'yes, I rather enjoyed it'.
Andrew: Oh will they? Well should we give them our individual telephone numbers then?
Peter: [Sarcastic] I for one should expect dozens of phone calls that said I looked bored shitless throughout the evening, that in reflection, Roger was right! I had a fantastic time!
Roger: You two are so cynical.
Andrew: I think we should hire a lawyer and sue that audience!
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What's Love Got To Do With It
Written by Graham Lyle and Terry Britten
Performed by Tina Turner
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Tries too hard
27 April 2010 | by (arizona) – See all my reviews

When this movie was released in 1992 it sounded worthwhile. I was (and remain) a fan of many of the actors, enjoyed Rita Rudner's comedy, and had been impressed with Kenneth Branagh's work to date.

But I never got around to seeing it until recently, and now I understand why it received middling to poor reviews on its release.

From the first scene following the opening montage, the entire film feels simultaneously flat and strident. None of the characters feels natural. Each actor is playing an archetype, and with no subtlety. The script is cliché-ridden and the actors seem compelled or directed to over-deliver every line. The final scenes are truly painful due to the hackneyed, awkward delivery, and the forced gaiety of the final scene.

There were a few enjoyable moments, but the movie never comes together. When it was over I felt relieved, and embarrassed for the participants.

The house and grounds the story is set in are gorgeous, though.


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