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(2012)

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Maggie Smith recommended Pauline Collins to director Dustin Hoffman for the part of Cissy.
Ronald Harwood wrote the part of Wilf for Albert Finney, who had worked with Tom Courtenay on The Dresser (1983). Finney was forced to turn down the role due to ill health and Peter O'Toole was cast to replace him. Before shooting began, O'Toole concluded that he was unable to survive the rigors of a film shoot and he was replaced by Billy Connolly.
Most of the supporting cast were retired professional musicians.
Dustin Hoffman's first completed directorial effort. In 1978, he began directing Straight Time (1978), but after a few days, he decided it was too difficult to both star and direct, and asked Ulu Grosbard to take over.
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.
Beecham House, named after Sir Thomas Beecham, is modeled after La Casa di Riposo per Musicisti founded by Giuseppe Verdi.
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Child violinists Isla Mathieson and Iona Mathieson use their own names as the character names.
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Sarah Crowden (Felicity Liddle) is the daughter of Graham Crowden who was the star of Waiting for God (1990), a series with settings and characters very similar to this movie.
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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.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The principal actors were trained to sing but the scene of them singing the titular quartet from Giuseppe Verdi's opera Rigoletto was cut from the movie.

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