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Peter's Friends (1992)

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Six former college friends, with two new friends, gather for a New Year's Eve weekend reunion at a large English countryside manor after ten years to reminisce about the good times now long gone.

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Kenneth Branagh
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Laurie ... Roger
Kenneth Branagh ... Andrew
Stephen Fry ... Peter Morton
Alphonsia Emmanuel Alphonsia Emmanuel ... Sarah Johnson
Emma Thompson ... Maggie Chester
Imelda Staunton ... Mary Charleston
Richard Briers ... Lord Morton
Phyllida Law ... Vera
Alex Scott Alex Scott ... Paul (age 7)
Edward Jewesbury ... Mr. Gooch, Peter's Solicitor
Hetta Charnley Hetta Charnley ... Carol's fan at Airport
Rita Rudner ... Carol Benson
Bill Parfitt ... Baby Ben Charleston
Ruby May Musto Ruby May Musto ... Baby Ben Charleston
Ann Davies Ann Davies ... Brenda
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Storyline

Seven friends in an acting troupe graduate from Cambridge University in 1982 and go their separate ways. Ten years later, Peter inherits a large estate from his father, and invites the rest of the gang to spend New Year's holiday with him. Many changes have taken place in the lives of all the friends assembled, but Peter has a secret that will shock them all. Written by Liza Esser <essereli@student.msu.edu>

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There are some friends you know you will have for the rest of your life. You're welded together by love, trust, respect or loss... / ...or in our case, simple embarrassment. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language, and for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los amigos de Peter See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,058,564
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Stephen Fry, he and Hugh Laurie were initially very hesitant to take part in this movie, as they could only imagine the response that the critics would have towards such a meta-casting of Laurie, Fry, and Dame Emma Thompson "playing" old college friends. It was Director Sir Kenneth Branagh who waved away such concerns and encouraged them to take part in this movie. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, Mary and Roger's nanny Brenda refers to Mary as "Mrs. Anderson", but according to the credits, Mary and Roger's last name is Charleston See more »

Quotes

Carol: Thank you very much for dinner, Peter. I enjoyed watching it.
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Give Me Strength
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A movie true to human spirit and those little glitches in it
4 January 1999 | by Golden_GodSee all my reviews

When I first watched Peter's Friends, I was seventeen years old, still young and unexperienced. I wouldn't say that the five years since then have made me some sort of oracle, but I have made a few mistakes and also a lot of good choices. And even more, I am able to relate to the story that Kenneth Branagh's wonderful alternative to It's A Wonderful Life as a holiday film.

Today it makes me laugh. It makes me embarrassed. It evokes so many feelings that are pivotal for the human spirit, so many things that are universal. If you have friends, or if you've lost them, or if you've met any people at all in your life, you will be able to relate to the six friends in Peter's Friends. What the heck, you only have to be human to relate to it.

No other movie speaks so truly about us as human beings and how we behave in small social groups. Food for thought, but also for heart.


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