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Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story -- 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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Writers:
Laurence Sterne (novel)
Frank Cottrell Boyce (screenplay)
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Release Date:
20 January 2006 (Ireland) See more »
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Because everyone loves an accurate period piece. See more »
Plot:
Director Michael Winterbottom (Northam) attempts to shoot the adaptation of Laurence Sterne's essentially unfilmable novel, "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman." Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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2 wins & 12 nominations See more »
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Messy and a bit too post-modern and smart-arsed for some I'm sure but for me it was just a great deal of fun and a lot of laughs See more (122 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Steve Coogan ... Tristram Shandy / Walter Shandy / Steve Coogan

Rob Brydon ... Capt. Toby Shandy / Rob Brydon

Keeley Hawes ... Elizabeth / Keeley Hawes

Shirley Henderson ... Susannah
Raymond Waring ... Trim
Conal Murphy ... Young Tristram Shandy - Age 6
Joe Williams ... Young Tristram Shandy - Age 9
Paul Kynman ... Obadiah
Mark Tandy ... London Doctor

Mary Healey ... Midwife

Dylan Moran ... Dr. Slop

Jack Shepherd ... Surgeon

David Walliams ... Parson

Jeremy Northam ... Mark

Benedict Wong ... Ed

Naomie Harris ... Jennie

Claire Keelan ... Make-up Assistant

Kelly Macdonald ... Jenny
Mark Hadfield ... Leo

Elizabeth Berrington ... Debbie

Mark Williams ... Ingoldsby
Jenny Ogilvie ... Sandy
Tony Wilson ... TV Interviewer (as Anthony H. Wilson)
Justine Mitchell ... Tony's Director

Kieran O'Brien ... Gary

Roger Allam ... Adrian

Ashley Jensen ... Lindsey

James Fleet ... Simon

Ian Hart ... Joe

Ronni Ancona ... Anita

Greg Wise ... Greg
Paul Rider ... Prop Guy

Stephen Fry ... Patrick Curator / Parson Yorick

Sara Stewart ... Joanna

Gillian Anderson ... Widow Wadman
Stephen Rodrick ... New York Times Reporter
Stuart Wilson ... Sound Mixer
Rosie Cavaliero ... Rachel
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Damon Caliendo ... Fire Dancer
Andy Callaghan ... Playing Film Crew
Richard Tree ... Redcoat Officer
Peter Bach ... Visual Effects Supervisor (uncredited)
Kay Richardson ... Barman (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Winterbottom 
 
Writing credits
Laurence Sterne (novel "The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy")

Frank Cottrell Boyce (screenplay) (as Martin Hardy)

Produced by
Jeff Abberley .... executive producer
Julia Blackman .... executive producer
Wendy Brazington .... co-producer
Andrew Eaton .... producer
Henry Normal .... executive producer
Kate Ogborn .... executive producer
Anita Overland .... co-producer
Tracey Scoffield .... executive producer
David M. Thompson .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Edward Nogria 
 
Cinematography by
Marcel Zyskind 
 
Film Editing by
Peter Christelis 
 
Casting by
Wendy Brazington 
 
Production Design by
John Paul Kelly 
 
Art Direction by
Emma MacDevitt 
 
Costume Design by
Charlotte Walter 
 
Makeup Department
Deborah Jarvis .... hair stylist
Deborah Jarvis .... makeup artist
Marese Langan .... chief hair designer
Marese Langan .... chief makeup designer
Chris Lyons .... special effects teeth
 
Production Management
Layla Blackman .... post-production supervisor (as Layla Evans)
Jethro Harris .... post-production manager
Cass Marks .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jessica Hurles-Laws .... second assistant director (as Jessica Hurles)
Josh Hyams .... third assistant director
Barrie McCulloch .... first assistant director
Lucy Thomas .... additional third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Mark Billingham .... dressing props
Byron Broadbent .... stand-by art director
Dan Carling .... art department trainee: East Midlands (as Daniel Carling)
Justin Chappell .... carpenter
Shay Leonard .... property master
Andrew Palmer .... art department assistant
Luke Stevens .... art department trainee: Norfolk
Jackie Yau .... prop buyer
Rob Anderson .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Luke Daniels .... model constructor (uncredited)
Cara Higgins .... model constructor (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Tim Alban .... foley recordist
Mark Appleby .... assistant dubbing mixer (as Mark Apply)
Orin Beaton .... boom operator
James Bennett .... adr recordist
Richard Davey .... dubbing mixer
James Hamilton .... foley artist
Vincent Hazard .... sound effects editor
Richard Kondal .... dialogue editor
Mitch Low .... boom operator (as Mitchell Low)
Rowan October .... sound trainee
Jonathan Rimas .... adr mixer
Joakim Sundström .... supervising sound editor
Jessie Taylor .... assistant dubbing mixer
Stuart Wilson .... sound
Jamie Roden .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Ted Swanscott .... adr mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Doug McCarthy .... senior special effects technician
Jon Moore .... special effects prosthetic technician
Charlie Bluett .... special effects prosthetics (uncredited)
Jo Grover .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Peter Bach .... head of film: Clear Films
Melissa Butler Adams .... compositor: Clear Films
Chris Eborn .... Shake engineer: Clear Films
James D. Etherington .... compositor: Clear Films (as Jim Etherington)
Adam Gascoyne .... lead compositor: Clear Films (as Adam Gasgcoine)
Laura Ricketts .... line producer: Clear Films
David J. Zimmerman .... data operator: Clear Films (as David Zimmerman)
Simon Hughes .... digital compositor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Daniel Naprous .... stunt double: Obadiah
Gerard Naprous .... stunt coordinator
Andreas Petrides .... stunt coordinator
Tom Struthers .... stunt double: Dr. Slop
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Colley .... gaffer
Derek Docherty .... rigger
Kevin Edwards .... camera trainee
Henry Landgrebe .... second assistant camera
John Law .... rigger
Pim Tjujerman .... first assistant camera
Amelia Troubridge .... still photographer
Mat Wilson .... best boy (as Matt Wilson)
 
Casting Department
Ruth Breslaw .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Paula Casarin .... costume continuity
Richard Cooke .... assistant costume designer
Kate Eden .... wardrobe supervisor
Shane Kingdon .... costume assistant
Georgina Painter .... wardrobe assistant
Gilli Thompson .... period costume dyer
Sabrina Vickery .... wardrobe assistant
Hannah Walter .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Ian Buchan .... assistant editor
Scott Hinchcliffe .... on-line editor: Pepper Post Production Ltd.
Jet Omoshebi .... digital colorist: Pepper Post Production Ltd.
Shane Warden .... on-line editor: Pepper Post Production Ltd.
Simon Giblin .... on-line editor (uncredited)
Steve Lemley .... color timer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Christopher Barnett .... composer: additional music
Michael Nyman .... music arranger: Handel Sarabande
Leonard Rosenman .... music arranger: "Lilburlero" from "Barry Lyndon"
 
Transportation Department
Graham Farmer .... driver: East Midlands & Norfolk
Bob Hawkins .... driver: East Midlands & Norfolk
Chris Johnson .... driver: East Midlands & Norfolk
Alan Lewandowski .... driver: wardrobe truck (as Alan Lewandlyski)
George Martin .... driver: make-up truck
John Oxborough .... driver: East Midlands & Norfolk
Linton 'Bullet' Small .... driver: wardrobe truck
Bren Tierney .... driver coordinator
Bernie Walsh .... driver: East Midlands & Norfolk
Frank Wisbey .... driver: East Midlands & Norfolk
 
Other crew
Chris Andrews .... security officer
Isabel Begg .... head of business and legal affairs: BBC Films
Sarah Best .... production and finance coordinator: BBC Films
Izzy Bolling .... set runner: Norfolk
Emma Brazier .... assistant accountant
Fran Budd .... production secretary
Francesca Budd .... production secretary
Darren Capper .... rushes runner
Nicole Carmen-Davis .... production executive: Scion Films
Gilly Case .... location manager: Norfolk
Rachel Clark .... set runner: East Midlands
Owen Davies .... set runner: East Midlands
Megan Davis .... head of business and legal affairs: Scion Films
Dell Gakhal .... chef
Kidj Gakhal .... catering assistant
Helen Giles .... legal and business affairs executive: BBC Films
Robert Gomdez .... catering assistant
Alix Graham .... assistant production coordinator
Nicola Graydon .... publicist
David J. Groom .... floor runner (as David Groom)
Michael Groom .... floor runner
Hilary Grove .... production runner: Norfolk
Michael Harm .... additional location manager
Susy Liddell .... head of production: BBC Films
Fiona McGuire .... head of production: Revolution Films
Stephen Nex .... production assistant: Revolution Films
Melissa Parmenter .... assistant: Michael Winterbottom and Andrew Eaton
Melissa Parmenter .... location manager: East Midlands
Bev Reid .... production secretary: Scion Films
Joanne Sennitt .... production accountant: Scion Films
Camille Sims .... set runner: Norfolk
Maxine Stanley .... post-production accountant
Trevor Stanley .... production accountant
Laura Tatton .... production assistant: Scion Films
Ben Thomas .... business and legal affairs: Scion Films
Molly Tudhope .... assistant location manager
Nick Warren .... rushes runner
Sam Williams .... security officer
Sally Wright .... production runner: East Midlands
Pauline Burt .... risk manager (uncredited)
Heather Mansfield .... risk manager (uncredited)
 

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Also Known As:
"A Cock and Bull Story" - UK (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for language and sexual content
Runtime:
94 min
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Trivia:
Stephen Rodrick was on set to interview Michael Winterbottom for the New York Times magazine (published on 3 July 2005) when he was roped in to appear in the film.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.
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21 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Messy and a bit too post-modern and smart-arsed for some I'm sure but for me it was just a great deal of fun and a lot of laughs, 6 February 2006
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Before getting on to what I thought of the film, let's just get some of the big problems out in the open. Firstly those looking for an adaptation of the book will be disappointed to find that very little of the content is on the screen because the script uses it more as a frame and a guide for essentially a behind-the-scenes mockumentary about making the film of the book. It does go someway to backing up the claim that the book is "unfilmable" because this film certainly hasn't managed it. Secondly, by being all post-modern and having actors playing a version of themselves the film will alienate viewers who don't get it and feel that it is all too clever for its own good; likewise it may have people feeling that it has all been done before – indeed by the very same people in fact.

However, that said, it is hard for me to ignore the fact that it was tremendous fun. Taking its lead from the novel's constant digressions, the film cannot stick on anything long and as we open the film jumping around the events around Tristram's birth, we soon find that we have jumped behind the scenes and into the lives of those involved. It is a brave move and one that doesn't totally work but it is surprisingly easy to go along with. In terms of the treatment of the novel I felt it did well because it made me want to read the book. We are told enough about the novel to develop an interest in it and know what it is about and it may be a very wise decision to have avoided tackling something that everyone says couldn't be done. Some parts of the book are told as they would have been in a "proper" filmed version but some are not – one scene is actually Coogan's nightmare and features Brydon playing his big scene with Gillian Anderson with a Roger Moore impression.

In the place of a straight adaptation what we get is a wonderfully funny look at stars, period dramas, British film-making, celebrities and so on. It has very little structure to speak of but what it does have is a natural development, humour and delivery that makes it interesting and constantly fresh. I wasn't laughing every second because it isn't that type of comedy but occasionally it was very funny, producing some great scenes and some great dry wit. The "story" (if there is one) focuses on Coogan – his pedantic fame, his exploits and generally the exaggerated version of himself that he has played before. This keeps the film moving forward by providing one central point of reference for everything else to happen around so, although it does feel very fragmented and distracted, really it is more structured than it appears. The most amusing moments do come from the post-modern looks at Coogan's insecurities, the contrast of his family life with the exploits with the stripper etc and generally it makes the film interesting because it does convince as a "reality" of a sort. Having said that though, the film does have some hysterical bits that just hang there by themselves; for example Brydon's Coogan impressions are hilarious, as is the Al Pacino discussion over the end credits.

The cast list reads like a who's who of British film and television – some in main roles but many in semi-cameos who do the goods and then move on. Coogan is naturally the star (no matter what Brydon thinks!) and, although he has played a version of himself or addressed the camera in a post-modern way before, it still works well here. He is convincing and natural and it helps the film produce this "reality" that it really does heavily rely on. Brydon perhaps relies a bit too heavily on impressions but generally he is just as good and the scenes he shares with Coogan tend to be some of the funniest. Although she has largely been overlooked as the critics name names and hand out praise, I think that Naomi Harris deserves a lot of credit for her performance here. Left with a more serious thread to carry, she turns in a totally convincing performance to the point where I could easily believe this is who she is. She also produces an engaging thread around her desire for Coogan, despite having little to work with. I'll admit that I have liked her in most things I have seen her do, find her very attractive and did slightly fall for her "chilled, cool dressing film buff" character (ok, a bit more than slightly) but I still thought she was easily the best performance in the whole film.

The rest of the cast work well within the "reality" of the film and generally produce laughs. Faces like Moran, Fry and Walliams provide some comedy but are little more than cameos. Northam and Anderson are good and support is generally very good from people like Macdonald, Hart, Henderson and others. Winterbottom pulls off the seemingly impossible of holding it all together as director and moving well within the novel and reality – both in terms of story telling but also visually.

Overall this will please as many people as it p*sses off I think. Taking the manner of telling of the novel (distracted and digressing) the film moves from a straight telling into a spoof of reality. Saying it like this sounds dull and "seen it all before" but it is an impressive piece of film-making that is brave and, even better, works. As brilliant as it is flawed, this is certainly worth a try whether you know the book or not because, simply put, it is tremendous, tumultuous fun.

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