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

 -  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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Julia Comstock
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Hermione
Barbara Leigh-Hunt ...
Mrs. Wisbeach (as Barbara Leigh Hunt)
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Mrs. Meakin
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McKechnie
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Mrs. Trilling
Dorothea Alexander ...
Old Woman
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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 »

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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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If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a book of poetry. For ever.
23 April 2003 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

I loved this film. It's much more cheerful than the book, but what's wrong with that? Artistic license can be a wonderful thing, and those who wanted it to be 1984 should go and watch 1984. When I watch this, I see Gordon Comstock engaged in a futile battle against his own intrinsic middle-classness. He's a pain at times and the film has endowed the character with more humour than he had in the book, probably so that the viewers understand why his friends don't just leave him to stew.

Grant is perfectly cast as Comstock, and keeps him just this side of bearable. Bonham Carter is equally perfect as Rosemary, the long-suffering girlfriend. Add in an excellent supporting cast and there you have it.

The soundtrack's beautiful, except for the song at the end which just shouldn't be there. The settings are stunning, as they rightly should be. All in all, it's a perfect, witty film and one I will never tire of.


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