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The Naked Civil Servant (1975)

The life and times of Quentin Crisp, an outrageous and flamboyant homosexual, coming of age and growing into old age in conservative England.

Director:

Jack Gold

Writers:

Quentin Crisp (autobiography), Philip Mackie (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Hurt ... Quentin Crisp
Liz Gebhardt Liz Gebhardt ... Art Student
Patricia Hodge ... Ballet Teacher
Stanley Lebor ... Mr. Pole
Katherine Schofield ... Mrs. Pole (as Katharine Schofield)
Colin Higgins Colin Higgins ... Thumbnails
John Rhys-Davies ... Barndoor
Stephen Johnstone Stephen Johnstone ... Young Quentin
Antonia Pemberton Antonia Pemberton ... Mrs. Longhurst
Lloyd Lamble ... Mr. Crisp
Joan Ryan Joan Ryan ... Mrs. Crisp
Frank Forsyth ... Family Doctor
Shane Briant ... Norma
Ron Pember Ron Pember ... Black Cat Proprietor
Roger Lloyd Pack ... Liz
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The life and times of Quentin Crisp, an outrageous and flamboyant homosexual, coming of age and growing into old age in conservative England. Written by Chris Abbenhuis <keller@telebyte.nl>

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Trivia

During filming, it was discovered that Sir John Hurt had painted Quentin Crisp when he was a life studies model at the art school that Hurt attended. See more »

Goofs

The Medical Officers who examine him in 1940 were senior ranks yet none wore Great War medals. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mr. Crisp: Do you intend to spend your entire life admiring yourself?
Quentin Crisp: If I possibly can.
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Connections

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Any film, even the worst, is better than real life
3 December 2009 | by Ali_John_CatterallSee all my reviews

"Do you intend to spend your entire life admiring yourself?" "If I possibly can." Oh Quentin, you came and you gave without taking. Unless he was taking the michael, which he did, you know, from time to time, in the most wonderfully poised and self-effacing manner. It's not hard to see why this was voted number 4 in the BFI's TV 100 poll: in two words, John Hurt - giving the Bafta-winning performance of his career as the "stately homo of England", enduring the catcalls, pratfalls and furtive dalliances which were the staples of gay life during the pre-and-and-post War years - virtually another planet compared with today's (allegedly) more tolerant society. The legal alien is terribly missed.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1975 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Den nakne statstjenestemann See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Thames Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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