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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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Mrs. Wisbeach (as Barbara Leigh Hunt)
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Mrs. Trilling
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Paul Doring
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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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There is a suitcase beside Gordon as he sits on the park bench. When he leaves the park with Rosemary, Gordon does not carry the suitcase with him although it is no longer beside the bench. See more »

Quotes

[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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A wry look at self-delusion and respectability
21 July 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

No one is better at pontificating while poking fun at themselves than the English, and if you enjoy that sort of thing, this movie is definitely worth watching. Along the way you get to sneer at wealth, poverty, capitalists, communists, the bourgeoisie and proletariat, business, respectability, advertising, poetry, bookstores and readers, hardy plants, loathsome but endearing friends, parasitic siblings, impatient lovers, and self-delusion. All of this comes with an intelligent script, quality acting, and personalities you've met before and would like to meet again. A gleeful romp for those who don't take themselves or their ambitions too seriously, who find sadistic humor distasteful, and who tire quickly of nude/bathroom/body fluid jokes.


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