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

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  20 January 2006 (UK)
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Director Michael Winterbottom (Northam) attempts to shoot the adaptation of Laurence Sterne's essentially unfilmable novel, "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman."


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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 <>

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

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Release Date:

20 January 2006 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story  »

Box Office


£2,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£332,582 (UK) (20 January 2006)


$1,247,453 (USA) (28 April 2006)

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The film features several pieces of music by Nino Rota from the Federico Fellini film (1963), which is also about frustrated efforts to make a movie. See more »


Walter Shandy: My son is not yet born, and I am already exhausted.
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Opening credits have (intentional) spacing issues, and mismatched fonts. See more »


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Composed by Erik Nordgren
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best literature adaptation in ages
14 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Smart, funny, original. I just saw this at the Toronto Film Festival tonight, and was really impressed. Great and hilarious performances, especially by Steve Coogan, who is SO funny. But Rob Brydon is almost as great, and the two of them have a great rapport.

The film really captures the anarchistic spirit of the book. Hard to imagine that anyone could come up with an idea to bring this unusual book to the screen, and Michael Winterbottom hasn't been the most consistent of directors lately (or ever, really) but this is a winner. The story is told in several layers: a film is being made of the novel "Tristram Shandy", starring Steve Coogan as both Tristram and his father Walter Shandy, but the behind the scenes drama of the making of the film is an important component. And lots of parallels with the various players real lives (Steve Coogan and lap dancers, etc.) Incredibly clever. Definitely check it out.

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