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Gentlemen Don't Eat Poets (1995)

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Sir Hugo (Sir Alan Bates) is more interested in reconstructing dinosaur bones than in paying attention to his wife, Lady Harriet (Theresa Russell). He's not thrilled when daughter Cleo (... See full summary »

Director:

John-Paul Davidson

Writers:

Patrick McGrath (novel), Patrick McGrath (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Bates ... Sir Hugo Coal
Theresa Russell ... Lady Harriet Coal
Sting ... Fledge
Lena Headey ... Cleo Coal
Jim Carter ... George Lecky
Anna Massey ... Mrs. Giblet
Trudie Styler ... Doris
Maria Aitken ... Lavinia Freebody
James Fleet ... Inspector Limp
Steven Mackintosh ... Sidney Giblet
John Mills ... Sir Edward Cleghorn
Chris Barnes Chris Barnes ... Johm Lecky
Timothy Kightley Timothy Kightley ... Harbottle
Richard Durden ... Sykes-Herring
Nick Lucas Nick Lucas ... Hubert Cleggie
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Storyline

Sir Hugo (Sir Alan Bates) is more interested in reconstructing dinosaur bones than in paying attention to his wife, Lady Harriet (Theresa Russell). He's not thrilled when daughter Cleo (Lena Headey) brings home her betrothed, Sidney (Steven Mackintosh), who aspires to be a poet. The new butler, Fledge (Sting), provides Lady Harriet with the attention she's been missing, and then seduces Sidney. Did he have a role in Sidney's disappearance as well? Written by Dennis Lewis <dsl@sprynet.com>

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Beneath the surface of respectability lies the shadow of our darker side.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and some gore | See all certifications »
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Sir Edward Cleghorn: You can't go around telling people dinosaurs were birds. They've been reptiles since Darwin was a boy.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the song in the closing credits, there is an off-screen exchange of dialogue between Fledge and Sir Hugo: "More tea, Sir Hugo?"; "Yes, Fledge, thank you". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Sting/Veruca Salt (1997) See more »

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Hey! It's sleeping pills in celluloid form!
3 September 1999 | by DM-19See all my reviews

I like the premise of this film, a butler worming his way into the family to gain their inheritance, but the execution lacks any excitement, tension or even passion that it should.

Sting fails to capture any real nastiness about himself, the cinematography is DULL and the really leaden script doesn't do any justice to the fine Patrick McGrath novel.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Norfolk, England, UK

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$35,855

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,855
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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