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A Merry War (1997)

Keep the Aspidistra Flying (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 28 August 1998 (USA)
Gordon Comstock is a copywriter at an ad agency, and his girlfriend Rosemary is a designer. Gordon believes he is a genius, a marvelous poet and quits the ad agency, trying to live on his ... See full summary »

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Julia Comstock
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Gordon Comstock is a copywriter at an ad agency, and his girlfriend Rosemary is a designer. Gordon believes he is a genius, a marvelous poet and quits the ad agency, trying to live on his poems, but poverty soon comes to him. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for some sex-related material | See all certifications »
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$373,830 (USA) (28 August 1998)

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$301,360 (USA) (23 October 1998)
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Goofs

During a scene in the office, Rosemary is sitting at her desk talking to her boss. The light reflects off her glasses, giving off a green tinge, indicative of anti-reflective lenses - not invented during the time the movie takes place. See more »

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[Cheeseman has just offered Gordon a job in his bookstore]
Mr. Cheeseman: Get pissed if you want, but no dipping your hand in the till. That *does* upset me, and I've got a cousin who breaks legs.
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Tiger in the Night
Music and Lyrics by Mike Batt
Performed by Colin Blunstone
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I Could Relate To It
15 November 2004 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

KEEP THE ASPIDISTRA FLYING is a novel by George Orwell , a novel that is in many ways the author's autobiography . There's a problem in that since it mirrors the life of a litery giant it becomes sacrilege to modify it , I couldn't help thinking that perhaps the story could have been updated to a very late 20th century setting

On second thought perhaps not since 1930s London being replaced by 1990s LA with the plot centering on a young screenwriter wanting to break into the Hollyloot system does seem like sacrilege even if it would have increased the box office takings considerably , and as it stands I'm sure we can all relate to Gordon Comstock in someway , he is after all a frustrated poet with no money while most of the people who come to these pages are frustrated film critics with no money

That's where much of the enjoyment of this film lies , we understand the fiery but naive idealism and optimism of Gordon as he tries to get his foot inside the publishing door only to be met with frustration . Richard E Grant might be playing a similar role to the one in WITHNAIL AND I but he is fairly good in these self centered type roles

A fairly entertaining film about the hit and miss nature of writing for a living , though perhaps it appeals more to critics than to a mainstream audience


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