Peter O'Toole stars as the complex, funny, charming, and hard-drinking Jeffrey Bernard in this live performance at the Old Vic Theatre in London.
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Rock My World (2002)
Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A rock band bursts onto the scene and then their frontman disappears on the eve of a European tour.

Director: Sidney J. Furie
Stars: Peter O'Toole, Joan Plowright, Alicia Silverstone
The Manor (1999)
Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

During a snowstorm, Patrick Roarke, a manservant, is found dead at the bottom of the main staircase in a gothic English mansion. Inspector Hatcher is sent to investigate the death. When he ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Berris
Stars: Greta Scacchi, Gabrielle Anwar, Peter O'Toole
Imperium: Augustus (TV Movie 2003)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Caesar Augustus tells of how he became the emperor to his reluctant daughter, Julia following the death of her husband Agrippa.

Director: Roger Young
Stars: Peter O'Toole, Charlotte Rampling, Vittoria Belvedere
Biography | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

Constantine joins the Roman army to find his missing childhood friend. Once alerted to his friend's whereabouts, he prepares for an all out war between the East and the West.

Director: Michael Redwood
Stars: Nicole Keniheart, Peter O'Toole, Joss Ackland
Heavy Weather (TV Movie 1995)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

At Blandings Castle, the Earl of Emsworth only cares about his prize pig 'The Empress' and is wilfully ignorant of the fact that his brother is planning to publish a book which might ruin ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Gold
Stars: Judy Parfitt, Roy Hudd, Richard Briers
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Story of a young woman journalist who becomes enmeshed in the politics of the annexation of Morrocco from Algeria at the turn of the twentieth century. The focus is on her hardships because... See full summary »

Director: Ian Pringle
Stars: Mathilda May, Tchéky Karyo, Peter O'Toole
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Set in Edwardian England where upper lips are always stiff and men from the Colonies are not entirely to be trusted, Fisk Senior has little time or affection for his son, but when the pair visit an eccentric Indian, they start a strange journey that eventually allows the old man to find his heart.

Director: Toa Fraser
Stars: Jeremy Northam, Sam Neill, Bryan Brown
Coming Home (TV Movie 1998)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Drama series about the Dunar and Carey-Lewis families, before during and after WW2.

Director: Giles Foster
Stars: Peter O'Toole, Joanna Lumley, Penelope Keith
Molokai (1999)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The true story of the 19th century priest who volunteered to go to the island of Molokai, to console and care for the lepers.

Director: Paul Cox
Stars: David Wenham, Kate Ceberano, Jan Decleir
Comedy | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's novel "Vile Bodies," is a look into the lives of a young novelist, his would-be lover, and a host of young people who beautified London in the 1930s.

Director: Stephen Fry
Stars: Stephen Campbell Moore, Emily Mortimer, Dan Aykroyd
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A dissolute matinee idol is slated to appear on a live TV variety show.

Director: Richard Benjamin
Stars: Peter O'Toole, Mark Linn-Baker, Jessica Harper
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A history professor teaches at a women's college where his daughter is a student.

Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Marcia Gay Harden, Eric Ian Goldberg
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Timothy Ackroyd
Sarah Berger
Annabel Leventon
Royce Mills
Edit

Storyline

Peter O'Toole stars as the complex, funny, charming, and hard-drinking Jeffrey Bernard in this live performance at the Old Vic Theatre in London.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

23 December 1999 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Lady with questionnaire: Have there been family quarrels because of your drinking?
Jeffrey Bernard: I believe there was a *tremendous* row in 1934 over whether I should be fed Nestle's or Cow and Gate.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A majestic tour de force
2 February 2003 | by (Turku, Finland) – See all my reviews

Keith Waterhouse's tribute to his own very good friend is not a play that is to be attempted by the faint hearted. Its demands upon the main protagonist are severe. Peter O'Toole keeps on the right side of mawkishness as he recounts the memories of a vodka sodden journalist, Jeffrey Barnard. Jeffrey Barnard's binges would, upon occasion, lead to his missing the deadline for his weekly column in the political weekly 'The Spectator' when his Low Life column would be replaced with the terse euphemistic title of the play.

The play is really a consummately delivered monologue. It is a lament for a Soho that has now passed. All the bohemian characters have now been replaced by wannabes, striking poses rather than living lives. Jeffrey Barnard could easily be dismissed as a boring old conservative but this danger is easily averted by the thick vein of madcap humour. This play is hysterically funny as Jeff recounts his views on women, wives, ex- and present, and his passions for gambling, horses and drink and hostelries. A puritan would not enjoy this, but its portrait of an unrepentant roue is beautifully paced and it is not without its moments of genuine pathos. I do urge you to see it.


6 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVD release? Downandout69
Discuss Jeffrey Bernard Is Unwell (1999) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page