MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 5,178 this week

The Curse of Steptoe (2008)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Drama  -  19 March 2008 (UK)
7.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.9/10 from 224 users  
Reviews: 6 user

In the early 1960s aspiring stage actor Harry H. Corbett jumps at the chance to play junk-dealer Harold Steptoe in a television comedy show 'Steptoe and Son'. However, the show's success ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

Related News

Win Sirens on DVD
| HeyUGuys.co.uk
Channel 4 announces 'Naked Apes'
| Digital Spy

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 343 titles
created 16 Aug 2011
 
a list of 47 titles
created 30 Jul 2013
 
a list of 501 titles
created 21 Jan 2014
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Curse of Steptoe (TV Movie 2008)

The Curse of Steptoe (TV Movie 2008) on IMDb 7.9/10

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

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Curse of Steptoe.
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Steptoe and Son (1962–1974)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Classic 1960s British comedy series about a middle aged man and his elderly father who run an unsuccessful 'rag and bone' business (collecting and selling junk). Harold (the son) wants to ... See full summary »

Stars: Wilfrid Brambell, Harry H. Corbett, Frank Thornton
Styria (2014)
Fantasy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Depicts the intense and fractured relationship between a lonely teenager and a beautiful stranger.

Directors: Mauricio Chernovetzky, Mark Devendorf
Stars: Eleanor Tomlinson, Stephen Rea, Katie Silverman
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

16th century ruler King Philip II of Spain maneuvers within a court of deceit and betrayal.

Director: Antonio del Real
Stars: Jason Isaacs, Julia Ormond, Jürgen Prochnow
Dawn I (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Four comrades in arms attempt to influence the young Elisha, to make him overcome his conflicts of conscience and fully commit to their cause. The story is set in Palestine in 1947, during ... See full summary »

Director: Romed Wyder
Stars: Sarah Adler, Joel Basman, Moris Cohen
Drama | Thriller | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Ambassador to Washington is the pinnacle of success in the Foreign Office and the position is offered to only the brightest and the best. But Ambassador Mark Brydon finds his skills tested ... See full summary »

Stars: Jason Isaacs, Ben Daniels, Eva Birthistle
Friends & Crocodiles (TV Movie 2005)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

"Friends and Crocodiles" traces the changing relationship of maverick entrepreneur Paul Reynolds and his assistant Lizzie Thomas over a period of 20 years from the beginnings of the Thatcher era to the bursting of the dot.com bubble.

Director: Stephen Poliakoff
Stars: Damian Lewis, Jodhi May, Robert Lindsay
Kendra (TV Series 2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A post-op nurse experiences the world of the twilight room where painful secrets of her patients under anesthesia are revealed, and the consequences play out.

Stars: Sarah Jones, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Yaniv Rokah
The Transcend (2014)
Drama | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Directors: Ryon Lee, James Wong
Stars: Teddy Chin, Mindee Ong, James Wong
Henry VIII: Mind of a Tyrant (TV Series 2009)
History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Stars: Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Laurence Spellman, Jack Fox
Tavarataivas (2013)
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Petri Luukkainen conducts an experiment with his own life. He packs all his things and puts them in storage. At first naked in an empty apartment, he only allows himself to retrieve one item per day.

Director: Petri Luukkainen
Stars: Petri Luukkainen, Helena Saarinen, Juho Luukkainen
Maria II (2010)
Short | Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

In a place like Havana music is everywhere, but life is not so easy if you prefer funky rather than salsa or merengue. Sweet and tough, among tradition and refusals, Maria doesn't stop trying to win her little space on stage.

Director: Serena Corvaglia
Stars: Sonia Bongiano, Luis Alberto García, Sophie Hunter
Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In the 1950s Frankie Howerd, the famous radio and film comedian, meets a young waiter Dennis Heymer, who,like himself,is a closet homosexual. Their relationship blossoms into a partnership,... See full summary »

Director: John Alexander
Stars: David Walliams, Rafe Spall, Peter Sandys-Clarke
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
Elspeth Rae ...
Young Blonde Actress
...
...
...
Wilfrid Brambell (as Phil Davis)
Ken Oxtoby ...
Costume Designer
Ben Parr ...
Wilfrid's Young Blonde Man
Peter Hamilton Dyer ...
Director (as Peter Hamilton-Dyer)
...
Julian Forsyth ...
Jamie Lennox ...
Plain Clothes Policeman
Scott McNess ...
Boy Outside Theatre
Edit

Storyline

In the early 1960s aspiring stage actor Harry H. Corbett jumps at the chance to play junk-dealer Harold Steptoe in a television comedy show 'Steptoe and Son'. However, the show's success proves to be a poisoned chalice for him, type-casting him and thwarting his stage ambitions. Wilfrid Brambell, the actor playing his father, is marginalized in a different way. He is a gay man in an England where homosexuality is still illegal. The show runs for several years, incorporating film spin-offs but both, in their own way, feel that they have invoked the curse of Steptoe. Written by don @ minifie-1

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 March 2008 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

The Curse of Steptoe and Son  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Made as one of a four-part season "The Curse of Comedy" on BBC Four, though not billed on-screen with this series title. The other three films in the series were Hancock & Joan (2008), Hughie Green, Most Sincerely (2008) and Frankie Howerd: Rather You Than Me (2008). See more »

Goofs

Directly after the 1962 awards ceremony, Corbett does his impersonation of Harold Wilson with reference to his White Heat of Technology speech. Wilson did not become Prime Minister for another two years and the White Heat speech was even later. However, the writer made this 'error' quite deliberately. He took dramatic license. Dates were fudged throughout the piece, so though the award ceremony was in fact held in 1962, the film avoids placing it in time. Harry's party trick was his Harold Wilson impression; that was the most appropriate moment in the piece to give him the chance to do his thing. See more »

Connections

References Steptoe and Son (1962) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Just simply brilliant !
20 March 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Jason Issacs was on top form as Corbett and Phil Davis was absolutely stunning as the tragic Wilfred Brambell all in all one of the best pieces of drama to grace the BBC in a hell of long time. The whole affair although telling a sometimes very dark tale was handled with a great deal of affection and care. Having loved Steptoe & Son from an early age I will certainly view it in a different light knowing the heartache it appears to have caused the Brambell and Corbett. Costumes and sets were spot on and the piece really gave you a feel for how writers and performers of that era behaved towards one another. Much like the actual show I regret this show having to end as it left me wanting more from two of the finest most underrated actors in the UK.


12 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Excellent BBC Drama zebar-1
Work of fiction? daniel-1562
Saw a clip from this - can't wait for it. richie_patrese
Galton and Simpson - modern equivalents? MrMonkey
two of my favorite actors chips76309
'flogging a dead horse' denham
Discuss The Curse of Steptoe (2008) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?