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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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Anne Langley (as Dame Gwyneth Jones)
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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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Four friends looking for a little harmony See more »

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

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1 March 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cuatro notas de amor  »

Box Office

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$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Maggie Smith also starred in another film named Quartet (1981) about 31 years earlier. However, the only similarities between the two movies are the title and Smith. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Jean: Are you telling me to go out and smell the roses?
Cissy Robson: Oh no. We're telling you the roses are long gone. But the chrysanthemums are magnificent.
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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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References Tosca's Kiss (1984) See more »

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Bella Figlia dell'Amore
from "Rigoletto: Act 3"
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
Performed by Renato Bruson, Edita Gruberova, Neil Shicoff, Brigitte Fassbaender, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Conducted by Giuseppe Sinopoli
Courtesy of Decca Music Group Ltd
Under license by Universal Music Operations Ltd
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Pleasantly surprised.
10 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

As a 16 year old, it's safe to say that this obviously is not a film which is aimed at me at all, being based in a retirement home for old musicians where cracking jokes about opera is, you know, hilarious. In fact, the screening I was in was filled with those with white hair. It's not often that I feel out of place at a cinema, but I on this occasion I did.

Quartet, as you probably know, features a stellar cast of older actors; Maggie Smith and Tom Courtenay playing the reunited divorcées with a history; Billy Connolly as a pottering and senile old tenor, cracking double-entendres at every opportunity; and Pauline Collins, who in my opinion steals the show, as the ditzy ex-opera singer. What follows is an unashamedly predictable, but nevertheless solidly crafted and amusing drama that wouldn't look out of place on a Sunday afternoon TV slot. Minus the f-words, of course. Yes ,you can see its development from a mile off, and it rarely addresses the more serious and harrowing aspects of old-age as Haneke's 'Amour' did, but it's good natured, well scripted and amusing fun.

It's all through the typical rose-tinted, Downton-esque portrayal of Britain that we're all accustomed to, but with a cast like that and a gentle, sweet story, it's hard not to be eventually won over by its charm. I had a good time.


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