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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
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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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$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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Gordon Comstock: When you're lying in the gutter, you've got nowhere to fall.
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Tiger in the Night
Music and Lyrics by Mike Batt
Performed by Colin Blunstone
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Fatal flaw is lack of charm of the central character
18 November 2006 | by (Hastings, New Zealand) – See all my reviews

In spite of sterling work by the supporting actors, and an intelligent script by Alan Plater, this film suffers from a fatal flaw - the lack of charm of the central character/actor. One of the characters describes Richard E Grant's character as "a whining little turd" and unfortunately this sums him up perfectly. There is nothing about him or his performance to make it credible that his girlfriend and upper-class publisher/friend would spend so much time and emotional effort on him. He is rude, arrogant, selfish, self-destructive and thoroughly annoying. The part called for an actor who can make you love him even when he is being a prate - a Ewan McGregor, for example.

All of the witty satire on the class system etc was wasted, thanks to this irritating and thoroughly unlikeable performance. All I wanted to do was shake him and tell him to get over himself.


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