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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Roger
... Andrew
... Peter Morton
Alphonsia Emmanuel ... Sarah Johnson
... Maggie Chester
... Mary Charleston
... Lord Morton
... Vera
Alex Scott ... Paul (age 7)
... Mr. Gooch, Peter's Solicitor
Hetta Charnley ... Carol's fan at Airport
... Carol Benson
... Baby Ben Charleston
Ruby May Musto ... Baby Ben Charleston
Ann Davies ... Brenda
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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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Rated R for language, and for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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25 December 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los amigos de Peter  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,058,564
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The name of the railway station stop where a number of the friends got off to go to Peter (Stephen Fry)'s place was "Old Marsden". See more »

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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 »

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Peter: And you know, when you think about it, that's exactly what happens to us when we're born. We're dropped down a random chimney and we have to get on with the strangers we find there. Typical Chesterton there to describe a chimney as a kind of uterus.
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Let's Stay Together
Written by Al Green, Al Jackson Jr. and Willie Mitchell
Performed by The Pasadenas
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A British "Big Chill". I mean that in a good way!
24 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

Film starts off on New Years Eve 1982 with a collegiate musical troupe giving their final bad performance. It cuts to 1992 where one of them named Peter (Stephen Fry) invites the whole group to his remote English castle for a New Years Eve party. We have the Andersons--Roger (Hugh Laurie) and Mary (Imelda Staunton). They've lost a child and she lives in fear that they'll lose the other. Then there's Maggie (Emma Thompson) who's madly in love with Peter. There's Sarah (Alphonsia Emmanuel) a sexually active woman who brings along her man of the moment (Tony Slattery). And there's Andrew (Kenneth Branagh) who's unhappily married to TV star Carol (Rita Rudner).

This was called a rip off of "The Big Chill". It is, but it's well-made with a great cast, a wonderful script and is totally involving. This is one of the few movies that mixes drama and laughs and both work beautifully. It was also shot (I believe) on location in England and the setting itself is just incredible. All the acting is good across the board. Rudner is a delight (and has the best lines). Emmanuel sometimes overdoes her role but not enough to damage the film. Dramatic, witty, warm--basically a great comedy drama well worth catching.

"Did you ever see "Upstairs Downstairs"?"


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