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Stiff Upper Lips (1998)

R | | Comedy | 12 June 1998 (UK)
Aunt Agnes vainly tries to force Emily to marry boring Cedric by taking them to Italy and India hoping that Emily will forget about the handsome George.

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David Artus ...
Hurdler
Kevin Furlong ...
Hurdler
Nicholas Selby ...
Don 1
John Boswall ...
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Jon Croft ...
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Charles Simon ...
Hudson Senior
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Young upper-class fellow Edward arrives with his friend Cedric at the family manse, Ivory Hall. He plans to pair off Cedric with his sister Emily. Emily, on the other hand, falls in love with a son of local peasant, George. Old Aunt Agnes sends all the bunch off, first to Italy and then to India, so Emily would forget George, who is an undesirable partner for her because of class differences, and choose Cedric. Written by Anonymous

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I want my sexual awakening and I want it now!

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Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »
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12 June 1998 (UK)  »

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Opening Weekend:

£78,162 (UK) (14 June 1998)

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$68,750 (USA) (6 February 2000)
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Film producer Ismail Merchant, whose work the movie spoofs, refused the offer of a cameo role as a merchant. See more »

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Aunt Agnes: Emily, do laugh at Mr. Trilling's witticism.
Emily Ivory: Certainly. The moment he makes one.
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Spoofs A Room with a View (1985) See more »

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English Country Garden
Arranged by Curtis Schwartz
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God, but this was funny!
29 January 2001 | by (B.C. Canada) – See all my reviews

I have always admired the way Merchant/Ivory films have had at their core a sort of droll humour that has come through and made me smile. This movie has taken every little bit that had made me crack a smile during the "serious" Merchant/Ivory productions and made me smile and laugh so much my cheeks hurt by the end of the movie. There are so many sight gags that I couldn't keep track of them all, and the ones I did see were enough for me to recommend this movie. Here's a little hint, just before George rescues Emily from drowning, take a look at what he's carving, maybe that's why he was little too eager to divest himself of his clothes. Don't get me wrong, I loved Howards End and Room with a view, but I also loved The Naked Gun and Airplane as well, this is the perfect hybrid of the two genres. The acting isn't in the least bit Hammy, the actors play it straight the whole way through, which is what makes this so funny, Samuel West probably being the best thing about this movie. His brainless upperclass twit played to perfection makes this a good movie for Masterpiece theatre watchers with a sense of humour.


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