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A Merry War ()

Keep the Aspidistra Flying (original title)
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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.

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Gordon Comstock
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Rosemary
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Ravelston
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Erskine
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Julia Comstock
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Hermione
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Mrs. Wisbeach (as Barbara Leigh Hunt)
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Mrs. Meakin
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McKechnie
Bill Wallis ...
Mr. Cheeseman
Lill Roughley ...
Mrs. Trilling
Dorothea Alexander ...
Old Woman
Peter Stockbridge ...
Old Man
Grant Parsons ...
Beautiful Young Man
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Paul Doring
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Lecturer
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Ravenscroft Waiter
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Head Waiter
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Barmaid
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Policeman
Roland Oliver ...
Magistrate Croom
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Orton the Undertaker
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Dora
Harri Alexander ...
Barbara
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Factory Girl
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Librarian
Roy Evans ...
Cabby
Maggie McCarthy ...
Customer
Lone Madsen ...
Girl at Modigliani's (as Lone Vidahl)
Steven Crossley ...
Man at Club
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Mark Chapman ...
Court Room Journalist (uncredited)

Directed by

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Robert Bierman

Written by

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George Orwell ... (novel)
 
Alan Plater ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Robert Bierman ... executive producer
Sara Giles ... associate producer
Joyce Herlihy ... associate producer
Peter Shaw ... producer
John Wolstenholme ... executive producer

Music by

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Mike Batt

Cinematography by

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Giles Nuttgens ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Bill Wright

Editorial Department

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Adam Edsall ... second assistant editor
Kerry Kohler ... first assistant editor

Casting By

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Michelle Guish

Production Design by

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Sarah Greenwood

Art Direction by

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Philip Robinson

Costume Design by

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James Keast

Makeup Department

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Diane Chenery-Wickens ... hair stylist (as Diane Wickens) / makeup artist (as Diane Wickens)
Sarah Grispo ... hair stylist / makeup artist
Marilyn MacDonald ... chief hair stylist (as Marilyn Macdonald) / key makeup artist (as Marilyn Macdonald)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Connie Boylan ... third assistant director
Richard Hewitt ... first assistant director
Toby Sherborne ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Dave Allen ... construction manager
Lindsay Brunnock ... assistant art director (as Lindsey Bronnock)
Perry Crosby ... painter
Paul Emerson ... property master
Gerry Graham ... stand-by painter
Rick Hamilton-Barret ... dressing propman (as Rick Hamilton-Barritt)
Matthew Lawrence ... art department trainee
Pete Lennox ... chargehand carpenter
Alan McLaughlin ... stand-by stagehand
Andy Mortimer ... dressing propman
Sara Partis ... art department assistant
Joe Sheehan ... stand-by carpenter
Lance Smith ... painter
Katie Spencer ... production buyer
Tony Statham ... signs and graphics (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Richard Coles ... boom operator
Paul Conway ... dubbing editor
Paul Hamblin ... dubbing mixer
Catherine Hodgson ... dubbing editor
Leslie Hodgson ... dubbing editor
Patrick Quirke ... sound recordist
Andre Schmidt ... dubbing editor
Joanna Tam ... sound trainee

Stunts

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Terry Forrestal ... stunt arranger
Vincent Keane ... stunts
Rocky Taylor ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Roy Elston ... rigger
Steve Foster ... gaffer
Ian Jackson ... camera operator
Ed Jones ... clapper loader
Pat Killeen ... stand-by rigger (as Pat Kileen)
Mark Milsome ... camera focus
Ken Owen ... best boy (as Kenny Owen)
Roberta Parkin ... still photographer
Colin Powton ... best boy
Danny Smith ... camera trainee
David Smith ... gaffer
Malcolm Smith ... camera grip
Laurence Edwards ... crane technician (uncredited)
Alan Grayley ... electrician (uncredited)
Stuart Howell ... steadicam operator (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Julia Gale ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Sheila Cullen ... wardrobe mistress
Michael Johnson ... wardrobe master
Lucy Sampson ... wardrobe trainee

Location Management

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Emma Pill ... assistant location manager
Colin Plenty ... location manager

Music Department

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Mike Batt ... conductor / music producer / music supervisor / orchestrator
John Zaradin ... music copyist

Script and Continuity Department

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Liz West ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Bryan Baverstock ... unit driver
Neil Birdsall ... facility/truck driver
Frank Brown ... unit driver
Keith Horsley ... unit driver
Dermot Leybourne ... facility/truck driver
Roy Osborn ... facility/truck driver
Bill Stevenson ... facility/truck driver
Andy Thomson ... driver: camera truck
John Tiny Topping ... facility/truck driver

Other crew

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Laurence Brown ... legal services
Pete Daly ... unit publicist
Dennis Davidson ... public relations
Max De Nett ... stand-in propman
Lorraine Fennell ... production coordinator
Barry Howard-Clark ... stand-in propman (as Barry Howard-Clarke)
Diana Lander ... unit nurse
Steve Masters ... title designer
Peter Matthews ... laboratory liaison
Dennis Michael ... unit publicist
Ali Moshref ... assistant accountant
Richard Philipps ... legal services
Albert G. Ruben ... insurance consultant
John Sargent ... production accountant
Daniel Shepherd ... floor runner
Luke Stevenson ... production runner
Steve Dent ... horse supplier (uncredited)
Cyril Megret ... production financing (uncredited)

Thanks

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Francesca Barra ... thanks
Jenne Casarotto ... thanks
Joan Elford ... thanks
Mark Hamilton ... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • A Merry War (United States)
  • A Merry War (New Zealand, English title)
  • Liebe, Kunst und Zimmerpflanzen (Germany)
  • Una guerra feliz (Spain)
  • La stagione dell'aspidistra (Italy)
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Runtime
  • 101 min
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Did You Know?

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Goofs There is a suitcase beside Gordon as he sits on the park bench. When he leaves the park with Rosemary, Gordon does not carry the suitcase with him although it is no longer beside the bench. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Why Do Fools Fall in Love/A Merry War/Your Friends and Neighbors/Dance with Me/Blade (1998). See more »
Soundtracks Tiger in the Night See more »
Quotes Gordon Comstock: When you're lying in the gutter, you've got nowhere to fall.
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