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Stiff Upper Lips (1998)

R | | Comedy | 12 June 1998 (UK)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Artus ...
Kevin Furlong ...
Nicholas Selby ...
Don 1
John Boswall ...
Don 2
Aunt Agnes
Hudson Junior
Jon Croft ...
Station Master
Charles Simon ...
Hudson Senior
Anna Livia Ryan ...
His Butler's Voice


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!



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »






Release Date:

12 June 1998 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£78,162 (UK) (12 June 1998)


$69,582 (USA) (17 December 1999)

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1.85 : 1
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Prunella Scales (Aunt Agnes) and Samuel West (Edward) are real-life mother and son. See more »


Emily Ivory: Oh aunt Agnes, just remember you are not losing a niece, you are gaining a man who is... awfully good at croquet and who can probably greet the wedding guests in Greek, Latin... and hieroglyphics.
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Lighten up.
20 November 2000 | by (Boston,MA,USA) – See all my reviews

This film kept me laughing all the way. Prunella Scales alone cracked me up totally! The Bonham-Carter parody was indeed weak. That was a pity, since she is the crown princess of Merchant-Ivory Land. Samuel West was brilliant at mocking the characters he DIDN'T play in the real Merchant-Ivory pieces. His fan scene with friend was fabulous. Ustinov didn't try very hard, as usual in his later career. But, as a Merchant-Ivory junky, I have to say that I was delighted at the opportunity to laugh at myself for being such a sucker for their formula. If you watch this film, you must be prepared to lighten up, or else it will be wasted on you.

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