MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,743 this week

Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005)
"A Cock and Bull Story" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  20 January 2006 (UK)
6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 10,637 users   Metascore: 80/100
Reviews: 122 user | 122 critic | 35 from Metacritic.com

Director Michael Winterbottom (Northam) attempts to shoot the adaptation of Laurence Sterne's essentially unfilmable novel, "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman."

Writers:

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

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 24 titles
created 18 Sep 2010
 
a list of 37 titles
created 13 Apr 2011
 
a list of 28 titles
created 29 Aug 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 19 Feb 2012
 
a list of 42 titles
created 30 Jan 2013
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005)

Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005) on IMDb 6.8/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story.

User Polls

2 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Rosie and Vincent know each other for ten years, and are married for five. She doesn't like her job, he isn't too pleased working with her dad. They're trying to have a baby. One morning ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Christopher Eccleston, Dervla Kirwan, Yvan Attal
The Trip I (2010)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Steve Coogan has been asked by The Observer to tour the country's finest restaurants, but after his girlfriend backs out on him he must take his best friend and source of eternal aggravation, Rob Brydon.

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Paul Popplewell
In This World (2002)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In February 2002 in the Shamshatoo Refugee Camp in the North West Frontier Province in Pakistan, there are 53,000 refugees living in sub-human conditions since 1979 with the Soviet Union ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Jamal Udin Torabi, Enayatullah, Imran Paracha
Everyday I (2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

This film charts the relationship between a man imprisoned for drug smuggling and his wife and is being shot over the course of five years, a few weeks at a time.

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Shirley Henderson, John Simm, Shaun Kirk
Wonderland (1999)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

There's little wonder in the working-class lives of Bill, Eileen, and their three grown daughters. They're lonely Londoners. Nadia, a cafe waitress, places personal ads, looking for love; ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Shirley Henderson, Gina McKee, Molly Parker
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In 1976, Tony Wilson sets up Factory Records and brings Manchester's music to the world.

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Steve Coogan, Lennie James, John Thomson
The Trip (TV Series 2010)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Steve is a food critic for the UK's Observer who is joined on a working road trip by his friend Rob who fills in at the last minute when Coogan's romantic relationship falls apart.

Stars: Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Rebecca Johnson
Go Now (1995)
Drama | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Nick, is a young Scottish soccer player living in the big city. He meets Karen, and the two fall in love and move in together. Soon after, Nick exhibits signs of serious illness. As his ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Robert Carlyle, Juliet Aubrey, James Nesbitt
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

When Dorothy Stringer High School announces it is to close, all hope seems lost. That is until one of the students finds a flyer on the street offering a reward to anyone who can spend two ... See full summary »

Director: Liam Hooper
Stars: Lucia Coppola, Elliot Bell, Max Morgan
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

A thief will do anything to escape his relentless persecutors.

Director: Ari Carrillo
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The story of two Scottish "squaddies" (young, trainee soldiers) who hitchhike to Budapest to go to a concert of the band Simple Minds. The film is a love triangle between the two soldiers and one beautiful Hungarian girl.

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Ewen Bremner, Brian McCardie, Zsuzsanna Várkonyi
Under the Sun (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Arturo Venegas, Kate Hardie, Caroline Catz
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
Elizabeth / Keeley Hawes
...
Susannah
Raymond Waring ...
Trim
Conal Murphy ...
Joe Williams ...
Paul Kynman ...
Obadiah
Mark Tandy ...
London Doctor
...
Midwife
...
Dr. Slop
...
Surgeon
...
Parson
...
Mark
...
Ed
Edit

Storyline

Two actors, as their make up is applied, talk about the size of their parts. Then into the film: Laurence Sterne's unfilmable novel, Tristram Shandy, a fictive autobiography wherein the narrator, interrupted constantly, takes the entire story to be born. The film tracks between "Shandy" and behind the scenes. Size matters: parts, egos, shoes, noses. The lead's girlfriend, with their infant son, is up from London for the night, wanting sex; interruptions are constant. Scenes are shot, re-shot, and discarded. The purpose of the project is elusive. Fathers and sons; men and women; cocks and bulls. Life is amorphous, too full and too rich to be captured in one narrative. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

He's About To Play The Role Of His Life. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

20 January 2006 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story  »

Box Office

Budget:

£2,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$60,886 (USA) (27 January 2006)

Gross:

$1,247,453 (USA) (28 April 2006)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

All of the armed soldiers (those with working guns) in the battle scenes, plus some other extras were members of the Sealed Knot Society, which tours the UK, performing historical re-enactments of the English Civil War. See more »

Quotes

Rob Brydon: [Rob shows Steve his teeth] What do you think? Have a look at the color.
Steve Coogan: I saw the color the last time I looked. It registered.
Rob Brydon: It's what they call "not white." What color would you call it?
Steve Coogan: I would, I'd concur with "not white." I'd go further.
Rob Brydon: I mean, it's not yellow.
Steve Coogan: I, you know, I mean, there's a sliding scale, isn't there, you know.
Rob Brydon: Hint of yellow.
Steve Coogan: I think you're closest to...
Rob Brydon: Barley meadow. Tuscan sunset.
Steve Coogan: You're getting laughs, but it's not making your teeth look any better.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Throughout the closing credits, Rob and Steve talk about how they use techniques of various other actors. See more »

Connections

References Barry Lyndon (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

The Interview
Written & Performed by Christopher Barnett
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
much funny ado about nothing and everything
23 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Forget anything pedagogical that this film's title might unfortunately imply and as a result keep butts out of seats. it is wildly entertaining, ribald, and simply fun, fun, fun. all of which Sterne intended. the addition of the play within the play within the play is really brilliant.

I loved the behind the scenes bits of story that had to do with the failure of the film's execution-particularly the whole shoe business. By far the greatest bit was the piece about acting techniques. Steve Coogan at first imagines what hot (as in temperature) walnuts- or some type of nut-would feel like dropped down his trousers and caught next to his genitals. He tries many interpretations but the one that slayed the audience was when he actually dropped the "hot nuts" into his trousers in order to see how close his interpretation came to the actual reaction. it was uproariously entertaining.

i was wondering if winterbottom and gilliam have ever thought to produce something together? please sir may we have some more?


15 of 21 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
'Fill me with your babies' overratedcritic
Rob Brydon vs Steve Coogan flandersnswan
Why Is The Book Unfilmable? alex_mckenzie_2005
Score Question eddie2004
a very clever film echo_park37
extras poohandco1

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?