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Noises Off... (1992)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 20 March 1992 (USA)
A travelling theater group find so much action going on behind-the-scenes, they almost ruin the performances.

Director:

Peter Bogdanovich

Writers:

Michael Frayn (play), Marty Kaplan (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carol Burnett ... Dotty Otley / Mrs. Clackett
Michael Caine ... Lloyd Fellowes
Denholm Elliott ... Selsdon Mowbray / The Burglar
Julie Hagerty ... Poppy Taylor
Marilu Henner ... Belinda Blair / Flavia Brent
Mark Linn-Baker ... Tim Allgood
Christopher Reeve ... Frederick Dallas / Philip Brent
John Ritter ... Garry Lejeune / Roger Tramplemain
Nicollette Sheridan ... Brooke Ashton / Vicki
Katie Rich ... Des Moines Stagehand
Zoe R. Cassavetes ... Miami Stagehand
Kim Sebastian Kim Sebastian ... Cleveland Stagehand
Louise Stratten ... Broadway Stagehand (as L.B. Straten)
J. Christopher Sullivan J. Christopher Sullivan ... Miami Backstage Guard
Kimberly Neville ... Miami Usher
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Storyline

Lloyd Fellowes (Sir Michael Caine) is the director of a theatre company. He's desperately trying to get his production together, despite the best efforts of the cast, the crew, and Lady Luck. We follow the production from final rehersals, through opening night, and onto the tour. As with any group of actors forced to work closely together for any great length of time, romances and arguments are bound to break out. Quite often, what's happening on stage is nothing compared to what's happening backstage. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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The comedy where everyone gets caught in the act!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Noises Off! See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$981,452, 22 March 1992

Gross USA:

$2,280,148

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,280,148
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The play-within-the-movie is titled "Nothing On". See more »

Goofs

Glass in Lloyd's hand after he takes a pill and a drink of whiskey on stage. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Usher: Curtains going up! Curtains going... up! Curtains going up!
Lloyd: [voiceover] A big Broadway opening. Everybody who's anybody in New York is inside this theater tonight. Everybody but one man. This man - ME!
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Soundtracks

Broadway Melody
Written by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed
Performed by Niki Harris
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Hilarious. Almost laughed my head off.
9 January 2002 | by hprillSee all my reviews

Michael Frayn's "Noises Off" is the farce to end all farces, a hilariously funny play that had me fall off my cinema seat repeatedly because I just couldn't stop laughing.

In it, a group of moderately talented actors attempts to perform a bedroom farce called "Nothing On", but their own incompentence and personal disagreements get in the way to result in perfect, bizarre chaos like nothing ever seen before on screen.

This is a long-time favourite on the stage, and Peter Bogdanovich has masterly brought it to the screen. It's all about timing, you see (oh yes, and "doors and sardines", as one of the characters puts it), and the timing is just perfect, which is quite an achievement, given the movie's extraordinarily fast pace.

I give this movie 10 points, not for depth (which there isn't), but for 90 minutes of perfect, witty, fast-paced and extremely funny comedy.


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