Quartet (2012)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  1 March 2013 (USA)
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At a home for retired musicians, the annual concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, an eternal diva and the former wife of one of the residents.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bobby Swanson
Gwyneth Jones ...
Anne Langley (as Dame Gwyneth Jones)
Frank White
Patricia Loveland ...
Letitia Davis


Cecily, Reggie, and Wilfred are in a home for retired musicians. Every year, on October 10, there is a concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday and they take part. Jean, who used to be married to Reggie, arrives at the home and disrupts their equilibrium. She still acts like a diva, but she refuses to sing. Still, the show must go on... and it does. Written by BrianoftheNorth

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Four friends looking for a little harmony See more »


Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and suggestive humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 March 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cuatro notas de amor  »

Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$47,122 (USA) (11 January 2013)


$18,381,787 (USA) (21 June 2013)

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Did You Know?


Maggie Smith recommended Pauline Collins to director Dustin Hoffman for the part of Cissy. See more »


While Reggie is playing croquet with Wilf, his pocket handkerchief and shirt buttons suddenly swap sides, indicating a flipped shot. See more »


Reginald Paget: [to a class of teenagers] Opera is: when a guy's stabbed in the back, instead of bleeding, he sings. It seems to me, after much research, that rap is when a guy is stabbed in the back, and instead of bleeding, he talks. Er, rhythmically, even with feeling. But because rap's *spoken*, the feeling is sort of held in check: all on one note.
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Crazy Credits

As the final credits roll, photos of each of the supporting cast members of retired musicians is shown beside a picture of them during their performing careers. See more »


Featured in Projector: Quartet (2013) See more »


Fantasia for Clarinet
On the Opera "La Traviata" (Op. 45)
Composed by Donato Lovreglio
Performed by Colin Bradbury
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Pure Joy
1 January 2013 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

My daughters and I ventured into post-festive cinema experience, and waded though queues of elderly people, obviously taking advantage of the chance to see a film that they could relate to, the queen being the only octogenarian known to leap from helicopters in this day and age. What we found was that, despite the endless trailers and publicity, there lurked a decent film, with skilled and talented cast and beautiful music, in a splendid setting, telling a nice story. Because that's what it is: a nice story. The various characters don't matter - they were all executed with stunning reliability - and musical numbers from Flanagan and Allen (no, Andrew Sachs was NOT either of those)via the Mikado (three very unlikely little maids)to the quartet from Rigoletto. The dialogue was witty and the moments thought-provoking. Even the wealthy and famous have to age and die, but to be able to end ones days in such surroundings must make it all worthwhile. Kudos to Dustin Hoffman (but how hard could it have been?) and to all who worked on what is ultimately a work of art.

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