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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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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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?


This marks as the 8th collaboration between Maggie Smith and Michael Gambon. They appeared in Othello (1965), Gosford Park (2001) and also in five films from the Harry Potter franchise. See more »


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


Jean: This is not a retirement home, it is a madhouse!
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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 »


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Libiamo ne' lieti calici (Brindisi)
from "La Traviata / Act 1"
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
Arrangement by Morgan Pochin
Performed by James Morgan, John Georgiadis, Ita Herbert, Graeme Scott, John Heley, Ronnie Hughes, Nuala Willis, John Rawnsley, Melodie Waddingham, Cynthia Morey, Jennifer Adams-Barbaro, Cherith Millburn-Fryer, Justin Lavender, Richard Lea, Geoffrey Newman, Gregor Kowalski, John Farrington, Ian Jones, Sylvia Jones, Jenny Hill, Ann Mabey, Vivienne Ross, Miriam McLeod, Eileen Hamilton, Zoë Haydn, John Winfield, and Martin Nelson
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In Dustin's debut, not a single false note
17 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What remarkable good fortune that Dustin Hoffman chose this Ronald Harwood play (and screenplay) for his directorial debut at age 75. This is a movie for actors, and there are many terrific performances in this wonderful ensemble piece about the residents of a home for aging musicians, which we saw at our movie preview club.

But the warmth of the story - the vibrancy of the seniors playing string quartets and practicing their cellos and clarinets, their friendships, annoyances, disappointments, and even loves - marks this film as something very special.

Hoffman has taken a beautiful English estate and turned it into a world of music filled with well-drawn and compelling characters: the woman with advancing dementia who relishes the CD of her performing Rigoletto 40 years ago; the flirtatious Wilf, whose "advances" towards the women on staff are never offensive and always charming; the aging diva - the always wonderful Maggie Smith - who is horrified by the thought that by moving in her life is over.

The best drawn (and in my mind, played) character is Wilf's best friend Reggie, who doesn't get Wilf's preferential treatment but has a quiet dignity and love of his life and his art that quietly shines through. His scene teaching students by comparing opera and rap may be this film's best.

Reggie is played by one of the most underrated and powerful British actors of his time, the estimable Tom Courtenay. It's hard to believe it's been 50 years since he starred as a 25-year-old in The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner. In a performance of grace, nuance, and elegance, Courtenay outshines even Maggie Smith. Perhaps he's inspired by working again from a Harwood screenplay; it was Harwood who wrote The Dresser, an excellent 1983 vehicle for Courtenay and Albert Finney.

One more note: Finney was apparently supposed to play the Wilf role, but unfortunately was not up to it health-wise. But comedian Billy Connolly's performance is just splendid.

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