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Peter's Friends -- Six former college friends, with two new friends, gather for a New Years Eve weekend reunion at a large English countryside manor after ten years to reminisce about the good times now long gone.
Peter's Friends -- Carol makes special dietary requests to an unreceptive chef.
Peter's Friends -- Roger and Mary argue over the death of their child.
Peter's Friends -- The group finds out that Sara's boyfriend Brian is married.
Peter's Friends -- Maggie begs Peter for sex.


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25 December 1992 (USA) See more »
Kenneth Branagh's New Comedy About Love, Friendship And Other Natural Disasters See more »
Six former college friends, with two new friends, gather for a New Years Eve weekend reunion at a large English countryside manor after ten years to reminisce about the good times now long gone. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Hugh Laurie ... Roger

Kenneth Branagh ... Andrew

Stephen Fry ... Peter Morton
Alphonsia Emmanuel ... Sarah Johnson

Emma Thompson ... Maggie Chester

Imelda Staunton ... Mary Charleston

Richard Briers ... Lord Morton

Phyllida Law ... Vera
Alex Scott ... Paul (age 7)
Edward Jewesbury ... Mr. Gooch, Peter's Solicitor
Hetta Charnley ... Carol's fan at Airport

Rita Rudner ... Carol Benson
Bill Parfitt ... Baby Ben Charleston
Ruby May Musto ... Baby Ben Charleston
Ann Davies ... Brenda
Magdalena Buznea ... Old Lady

Tony Slattery ... Brian
Alex Lowe ... Paul (age 17)
Chris Pickles ... The Benson's Chauffeur
Nicola Wright ... Brian's Wife
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yasser Arafat ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Leonid Brezhnev ... Himself (archive footage) (unconfirmed) (uncredited)

George Bush ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Boy George ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Mikhail Gorbachev ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Rock Hudson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Saddam Hussein ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Michael Jackson ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ayatollah Khomeini ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
John Major ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Nelson Mandela ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Pope John Paul II ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Dan Quayle ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Salman Rushdie ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Sylvester Stallone ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Donald Trump ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Kenneth Branagh 
Writing credits
Rita Rudner (written by) and
Martin Bergman (written by)

Produced by
Martin Bergman .... co-producer
Kenneth Branagh .... producer
Stephen Evans .... executive producer
David Parfitt .... line producer
Cinematography by
Roger Lanser 
Film Editing by
Andrew Marcus 
Production Design by
Tim Harvey 
Art Direction by
Martin Childs 
Costume Design by
Susan Coates 
Stephanie Collie 
Makeup Department
Peter Frampton .... makeup supervisor
Martin Samuel .... hair stylist
Production Management
Mark Cooper .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christopher Newman .... first assistant director
Carl Oprey .... third assistant director
Keith Young .... second assistant director
Art Department
Brian Aldridge .... property manager
Micky Bacon .... property master
Celia Bobak .... property master
Martin Kingsley .... property manager
Alf Newvell .... rigger
Terry Newvell .... stagehand
Trevor Nicol .... carpenter
Andy Soane .... property chief
Brian Western .... painter
Sound Department
Mark Auguste .... sound editor
Orin Beaton .... sound assistant
Gary Beckerman .... jobfit sound trainee
Jeremy Child .... assistant sound editor
David Crozier .... production sound mixer
Martin Evans .... sound editor
Dominic Lester .... sound re-recording mixer
Bettina McCaul .... assistant sound editor
Robin O'Donoghue .... sound re-recording mixer
Andrew Sissons .... sound maintenance
Tommy Goodwin .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Pete Hanson .... studio manager: CFC (uncredited)
Mark Nelmes .... digital artist (uncredited)
Janek Sirrs .... digital artist (uncredited)
David Smith .... optical cameraman (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Angela Conway .... jobfit camera trainee
Clive Coote .... still photographer
Kevin Edland .... best boy
John Higgins .... gaffer
Chris Mortley .... electrician
Terry Mulligan .... electrician
Toby Plaskitt .... grip
Andy Shuttleworth .... Steadicam operator
Simon Starling .... clapper loader
Simon Starling .... second assistant camera
Gary Turnbull .... focus puller
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lisa Shanley .... wardrobe assistant
Fiona Smithies .... wardrobe assistant
Nancy Thompson .... wardrobe mistress
Editorial Department
Simon Cozens .... second assistant editor
Kerry Kohler .... associate editor
Lucy Maunsell .... first assistant editor
Mark Waddell .... color timer
Bob Wenokur .... studio post-production representative (uncredited)
Music Department
Bob Bryan .... vocal coach
Clive Farrell .... music supervisor
Gavin Greenaway .... musical director
Transportation Department
Peter Allison .... driver
Mike Crawley .... driver
Richard Moore .... driver
Other crew
Liz Barron .... production accountant
Joyce Branagh .... unit runner
Hugh Cruttwell .... production consultant
Graham Kern .... montage openeing title sequence design & production
Randal McDonell .... production assistant
Annie Penn .... script supervisor (as Annie Wotton)
Iona Price .... production coordinator
Al Senter .... production notes
Paul Shersby .... location manager
Neris Thomas .... production secretary
Tamar Thomas .... assistant: Mr. Branagh
Peter Thompson .... press representative
David Toguri .... choreographer
John Trevithick .... unit runner (as Jonathan Trevithick)
Richard Turner .... financial controller
Sarah Valentine .... publicity and marketing assistant

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Rated R for language, and for some sexuality
101 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

This is the first film where Imelda Staunton and Emma Thompson work together. They later work together in Much Ado About Nothing (1993), Sense and Sensibility (1995), and in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007).See more »
Continuity: As Brian is being picked up by his wife, Carol's bags can be seen on the front steps. Carol had already been picked up by a driver prior to Brian's departure.See more »
[knocking on Peter's bedroom door in the middle of the night]
Maggie:Fill me with your little babies!
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Movie Connections:
The Way You Look TonightSee more »


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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
It's partly autobiographical actually, 19 May 2000
Author: ajkandy from Montreal, Canada

...If you don't believe me, you can hunt up a 1983 book called "Footlights: One Hundred Years Of Cambridge Comedy" which is the history of the Footlights amateur theatrical society at Cambridge- whose alumni have included since the 1950s most of the auteurs of post-music hall English comedy.

Footlights revues since 1960 have included the casts of Beyond The Fringe (Jonathan Miller, Dudley Moore, Peter Cook and Alan Bennett), Monty Python (all of them), The Goodies (Graeme Garden, Bill Oddie and Tim Brooke-Taylor), Alas Smith And Jones, and Douglas Adams (Hitch-Hiker's Guide To The Galaxy).

In 1981 the Footlights mounted an Edinburgh Fringe Festival show called The Cellar Tapes, whose cast included...Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson, and Tony Slattery!

The Cellar Tapes show won the Fringe's Perrier Award and pretty much guaranteed everyone jobs for life in British TV and film. The scene of them at school doing an amateur theatrical show for the university dons is a reference to this, supposedly.

Of the film, despite an interesting concept, some good moments and a talented cast I found this film disjointed, emotionally cold, only rarely witty, and even faintly unbelievable at times --the scene where Thompson breaks down and cries is so reserved and smug it's like she can never really let go- which she never does in anything she's in anyway!

It's rather as if they want to thinly satirize themselves- but only thinly, as if they take themselves too seriously to open themselves to self-mockery. For a better take on this concept, I recommend the 1998 film "Final Cut" starring Jude Law which has the current mob of Britpack actors playing themselves in an improvised film-- often times for laughs.

It's amazing how far Branagh's star has fallen since 1992 when he was The Olivier People Actually Liked. I guess some people really do peak early- he did the movie of Henry V (and wrote his autobiography) when he was 26! Since then?....Anyone?...Bueller?

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