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A Merry War (1997)
"Keep the Aspidistra Flying" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  28 August 1998 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Erskine
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Julia Comstock
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Hermione
Barbara Leigh-Hunt ...
Mrs. Wisbeach (as Barbara Leigh Hunt)
Liz Smith ...
Mrs. Meakin
John Clegg ...
McKechnie
Bill Wallis ...
Mr. Cheeseman
Lill Roughley ...
Mrs. Trilling
Dorothea Alexander ...
Old Woman
Peter Stockbridge ...
Old Man
Grant Parsons ...
Beautiful Young Man
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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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A Merry War  »

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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 »

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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See the film first, then read the book!
15 June 2003 | by (Herts, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I went to see the film as I saw parts of it being made. I wanted to see how Woburn Walk could be turned into a road in Hampstead. I liked the film. I wondered why the critics had such a downer on it. Then I read the book and could understand why.

Richard E. Grant was not vicious enough as Comstock and somehow the poverty which Orwell depicted in his book has been cleaned up to the point that you just can't see why Comstock was having so much of a problem. Comstock's arrest has been cleaned up too and the ending was all wrong.

If the film had been released under another name then it would probably have got a smoother ride and only been said to be a pastiche of Orwell's work. If you haven't read the book or seen the film, see the film first.


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