MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 5,729 this week

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

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  28 August 1998 (USA)
6.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.4/10 from 1,109 users  
Reviews: 25 user | 24 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 62 titles
created 04 Oct 2011
 
A
a list of 1691 titles
created 28 Nov 2012
 
a list of 42 titles
created 30 Dec 2012
 
a list of 36 titles
created 4 months ago
 
a list of 39 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "A Merry War" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: A Merry War (1997)

A Merry War (1997) on IMDb 6.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of A Merry War.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An impoverished woman who has been forced to choose between a privileged life with her wealthy aunt and her journalist lover, befriends an American heiress. When she discovers the heiress is attracted to her own lover and is dying, she sees a chance to have both the privileged life she cannot give up and the lover she cannot live without.

Director: Iain Softley
Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Linus Roache, Alex Jennings
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Gavin is 31 years old and still lives with his parents. He is awfully shy but before he knows it there are three women interested in him. Lady Minerva Munday has a casual way of life and ... See full summary »

Director: Randal Kleiser
Stars: Jesse Birdsall, Helena Bonham Carter, Jane Horrocks
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

After a rich Edwardian widow impulsively marries a handsome but poor Tuscan dentist and dies in childbirth, her English in-laws try to gain custody of the baby.

Director: Charles Sturridge
Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Judy Davis, Rupert Graves
Sixty Six (2006)
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A boy's barmitzvah looks set to be a disaster when it coincides with the 1966 World Cup Final.

Director: Paul Weiland
Stars: Charlie Clark, Nick Shirm, Thomas Drewson
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Shakespeare's comedy of gender confusion, in which a girl disguises herself as a man to be near the count she adores, only to be pursued by the woman he loves.

Director: Trevor Nunn
Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Richard E. Grant, Imogen Stubbs
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A dreamer who aspires to human flight is assigned public service after one of his attempts off a public building. This leads him to meeting a young woman, who is dying of motor neuron ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Greengrass
Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Kenneth Branagh, Gemma Jones
Novocaine (2001)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A dentist finds himself a murder suspect after a sexy patient seduces him into prescribing her drugs.

Director: David Atkins
Stars: Steve Martin, Helena Bonham Carter, Chelcie Ross
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
Director: Marcus Mortimer
Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Martin Clunes, Stephanie Cole
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When a man and woman flirt with each other at a wedding reception, the sexual tension seems spontaneous. As they break from the party to a hotel room, the flirtation turns into a night filled with passion and remorse.

Director: Hans Canosa
Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Aaron Eckhart, Yury Tsykun
Short | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

"Four Episodes From 1984" contains eight scenes from a screenplay based on George Orwells "Nineteen Eighty-four"... See full synopsis »

Director: Marshall Peterson
Stars: Jayne Bentzen, Gretchen Henry, Ron Keith
1984 (Video 2009)
Short | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Party member Winston Smith commits the ultimate crime by falling in love with Julia.

Director: Martin Knowles
Big Brother (TV Mini-Series 1970)
Drama | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A series of plays which examine if 1970s society is heading towards the dystopian world predicted in the book '1984'.

Stars: Alfred Burke, Michael Gwynn, Robert Hardy
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Ravelston
...
Erskine
...
Julia Comstock
...
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
...
Paul Doring
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sex-related material | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

28 August 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Merry War  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$373,830 (USA) (28 August 1998)

Gross:

$301,360 (USA) (23 October 1998)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Goofs

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.
See more »

Soundtracks

Tiger in the Night
Music and Lyrics by Mike Batt
Performed by Colin Blunstone
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Engaging, humorous, sophisticated comedy of the highest level
31 July 2003 | by (Toledo, Ohio) – See all my reviews

In 1930's London, Gordon Comstock (Richard E. Grant) works in the advertising business as a copywriter. His work is so outstanding that he is one of the most valued employees of the firm. Yet Gordon longs to leave the mundane existence of the average worker and become "a poet and a free man". When one of his poems sells for a reasonable sum, he quits his job to devote himself to writing. However Gordon's girlfriend, Rosemary, is aghast. She had hopes for an impending marriage and a comfortable, middle-class life. When writing full-time proves difficult, Gordon sinks lower and lower in terms of places of residence and fiscal circumstances. Yet, he stubbornly pursues his dream, leaving Rosemary in a most unhappy state. Will Gordon come to his senses and return to the stable existence of the work force and the good graces of his lady love?

This is an absolutely delightful movie that is a joy to watch. The main actors are excellent, the cinematography is outstanding, and the costumes and settings lovely to look upon. The script, based on a George Orwell book, is first-rate and engagingly humorous. There is also a level of sophistication that is as pleasing as it is approachable. Finally, there is a satisfying love story that will please any fans of romantic comedies. In short, this is a movie that should appear on lists of recommended films of the highest level. It is truly worthy of much praise.


13 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
A Merry War . . . Or neckert7
CC or Subtitles gkrshnn
Discuss A Merry War (1997) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?