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A Merry War (1997)

Keep the Aspidistra Flying (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 28 August 1998 (USA)
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Gordon Comstock is a copywriter at an ad agency, and his girlfriend Rosemary is a designer. Gordon believes he is a genius, a marvelous poet and quits the ad agency, trying to live on his ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Bierman

Writers:

George Orwell (novel), Alan Plater (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard E. Grant ... Gordon Comstock
Helena Bonham Carter ... Rosemary
Julian Wadham ... Ravelston
Jim Carter ... Erskine
Harriet Walter ... Julia Comstock
Lesley Vickerage ... Hermione
Barbara Leigh-Hunt ... Mrs. Wisbeach (as Barbara Leigh Hunt)
Liz Smith ... Mrs. Meakin
John Clegg ... McKechnie
Bill Wallis Bill Wallis ... Mr. Cheeseman
Lill Roughley Lill Roughley ... Mrs. Trilling
Dorothea Alexander Dorothea Alexander ... Old Woman
Peter Stockbridge Peter Stockbridge ... Old Man
Grant Parsons Grant Parsons ... Beautiful Young Man
Malcolm Sinclair ... Paul Doring
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Gordon Comstock is a copywriter at an ad agency, and his girlfriend Rosemary is a designer. Gordon believes he is a genius, a marvelous poet and quits the ad agency, trying to live on his poems, but poverty soon comes to him. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sex-related material | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

First Look Media

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$373,830, 30 August 1998

Gross USA:

$301,360
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

During a scene in the office, Rosemary is sitting at her desk talking to her boss. The light reflects off her glasses, giving off a green tinge, indicative of anti-reflective lenses - not invented during the time the movie takes place. See more »

Quotes

Gordon Comstock: When you're lying in the gutter, you've got nowhere to fall.
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Tiger in the Night
Music and Lyrics by Mike Batt
Performed by Colin Blunstone
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Engaging, humorous, sophisticated comedy of the highest level
31 July 2003 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

In 1930's London, Gordon Comstock (Richard E. Grant) works in the advertising business as a copywriter. His work is so outstanding that he is one of the most valued employees of the firm. Yet Gordon longs to leave the mundane existence of the average worker and become "a poet and a free man". When one of his poems sells for a reasonable sum, he quits his job to devote himself to writing. However Gordon's girlfriend, Rosemary, is aghast. She had hopes for an impending marriage and a comfortable, middle-class life. When writing full-time proves difficult, Gordon sinks lower and lower in terms of places of residence and fiscal circumstances. Yet, he stubbornly pursues his dream, leaving Rosemary in a most unhappy state. Will Gordon come to his senses and return to the stable existence of the work force and the good graces of his lady love?

This is an absolutely delightful movie that is a joy to watch. The main actors are excellent, the cinematography is outstanding, and the costumes and settings lovely to look upon. The script, based on a George Orwell book, is first-rate and engagingly humorous. There is also a level of sophistication that is as pleasing as it is approachable. Finally, there is a satisfying love story that will please any fans of romantic comedies. In short, this is a movie that should appear on lists of recommended films of the highest level. It is truly worthy of much praise.


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