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Daniel is an obeying and high-flying barrister with the good life on his side. Nathaniel Quass is a rich and bizarre recluse, generous, obsessed and sad. This reluctant pair are caught up ... See full summary »

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Simon Gray
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Stephen Fry ... Daniel Davenport
Simon Callow ... Nathanial Quass
Clive Francis ... Jackaboy
Miriam Margolyes ... Nellie
Graham Seed ... Cricketer
Christopher Driscoll Christopher Driscoll ... Man in Car Park
Hetty Baynes Hetty Baynes ... Sophie
Frank Ellis Frank Ellis ... Herman
Peter Guinness ... Parkes
Michael Haughey Michael Haughey ... Green Cap
Ursula Jones Ursula Jones ... Photographer
Ray Sparks Ray Sparks ... Photographer's Companion
Shaheen Khan Shaheen Khan ... Zelda
Henry Goodman ... Strauss
Romolo Bruni Romolo Bruni ... Luigi
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Daniel is an obeying and high-flying barrister with the good life on his side. Nathaniel Quass is a rich and bizarre recluse, generous, obsessed and sad. This reluctant pair are caught up in an alliance against an ingenious conspiracy which threatens both their lives. Written by Anonymous

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blackmail | revenge | See All (2) »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 January 1990 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Well-honed comedy drama
22 October 2008 | by MickAstonDaviesSee all my reviews

Stephen Fry stars as a smug, self-satisfied lawyer in this black comedy-drama written by Simon Gray. Fry is reliable as a lovably pompous dimwit who meets an old boy from his school, played by Simon Callow, a man who is forever grimacing in an attempt to be endearing. Then mysterious things start to happen: another old boy from Fry's school goes mad, and then Fry seems to discover that many of his old school-friends have cracked up or died in mysterious circumstances. He fears revenge but he is not certain for what. The tale leads to an unexpected but satisfying conclusion. The cast are excellent, and the script, by Simon Gray (who wrote Cell Mates, the play Fry famously abandoned in panic)is funny and wry. It's a cautionary tale about the dangers of emotional indifference, a subject Gray wrote about to such effect in "Otherwise Engaged." It's a minor work from him, but worth seeing if it ever emerges in the schedules.


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