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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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Taglines:

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although most of the dialogue was taken directly from the play, many words were changed to make this movie more understandable for American audiences. Examples include "fortnight" being changed to "two weeks", "technical" being changed to "tech rehearsal", and "sixteen" being changed to "eighteen" (when referring to the age of consent). See more »

Goofs

In the Miami matinee, after Freddie's quick change, he trips and falls and both his headband and glasses fall off before he knocks on the door and falls through. In the next shot, his headband and glasses are back in place. 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

Lullaby of Broadway
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
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Farce, Fast, Witty, and -- Sardines
15 October 2005 | by AZINDNSee all my reviews

"Noises Off" brings door-slamming hilariousness to the screen as an adaptation of the stage play. With the cast to die for: Michael Caine, Carole Burnett, Nicolette Sheridan, Julie Haggarty, Christopher Reeve, Denholm Elliott, and John Ritter, the storyline of a cast preparing for out of town run of a comedy quickly descends to back-stage antics, jealousy, lost contact lenses, and sardines at every turn. Peter Bogdonovich steers this witty production of a play, in a play, in a play with multiple staging's as dress rehearsal, opening night, and the worst night in Cleveland is turned into a Broadway triumph.

The initial opening dress rehearsal sets up the story of the play's characters, their original entrances and exits, key lines, and props if all went well. From then on, the production deteriorates with backstage gossip, romances, and fiasco mistakes that quickly become running jokes of missed timing, malfunctioning props, and erratic ego's out of control. Each character's quirks are their achilles heel and from start to finish, the play's momentum keeps the cast on their toes as they step on and over each other to curtain.

If you've ever done theatre at any level, this film is for you. It is simply the most hysterical comedy of timing and entrances. If you've wondered about theatre productions, this film is for you. And, if you just love the theater, this film is definitely for you. It is filled with trueisms that have happened, will happen, and could happen in all the disastrous and varied forms.

I caught this film originally on HBO and laughed so hard I had to buy the video. It is a wonderful film for great performances by the late actors, Reeve, Ritter, and Elliott, and their brilliance is all the more bittersweet by the excellence of their timing, physical humor, and read of the lines. For the sex is Desperate Housewife, Nicolette Sheridan in her underwear from moment one to last scene, on her knees, and blind as a bat without contacts. Michael Caine should have been acknowledged for this performance as he is so perfect as the harried director that it makes his work in drama all the better.

Each time I catch this film, it gets funnier and makes me laugh to tears. See it just to cry over what great talent has been lost too young, and just be amazed and amuzed at what great ensemble casting is all about behind and in front of the curtain.


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