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Stiff Upper Lips (1998)

R | | Comedy | 12 June 1998 (UK)
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Aunt Agnes (Prunella Scales) vainly tries to force Emily (Georgina Cates) to marry boring Cedric Trilling (Robert Portal) by taking them to Italy and India hoping that Emily will forget about the handsome George (Sean Pertwee).


Gary Sinyor


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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Artus David Artus ... Hurdler
Kevin Furlong Kevin Furlong ... Hurdler
Nicholas Selby Nicholas Selby ... Don 1
John Boswall ... Don 2
Samuel West ... Edward
Robert Portal ... Cedric
Prunella Scales ... Aunt Agnes
Georgina Cates ... Emily
Frank Finlay ... Hudson Junior
Jon Croft Jon Croft ... Station Master
Charles Simon Charles Simon ... Hudson Senior
Anna Livia Ryan Anna Livia Ryan ... Rosie
Sean Pertwee ... George
Brian Glover ... Eric
Geoffrey Palmer ... His Butler's Voice


Young upper-class fellow Edward (Samuel West) arrives with his friend Cedric Trilling (Robert Portal) at the family manse, Ivory Hall. He plans to pair off Cedric with his sister Emily (Georgina Cates). Emily, on the other hand, falls in love with a son of local peasant, George (Sean Pertwee). Old Aunt Agnes (Prunella Scales) sends all the bunch off, first to Italy and then to India, so Emily would forget George, who is an undesirable partner for her because of class differences, and choose Cedric.

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I want my sexual awakening and I want it now!



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »



UK | India


English | Latin

Release Date:

12 June 1998 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Period! See more »

Filming Locations:

Anzio, Italy See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£78,162 (United Kingdom), 14 June 1998, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,935, 29 August 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$68,750, 6 February 2000
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Technical Specs

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Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Prunella Scales (Aunt Agnes) and Samuel West (Edward) are real-life mother and son. See more »


George: I want the hand of your niece.
Aunt Agnes: Emily must make her own decision.
George: So you wouldn't object?
Aunt Agnes: I don't give a monkey's.
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Spoofs Carrington (1995) See more »


Mr. Boyd
Performed by My Life Story
Written by Roger Hodgson
Arranged by Aaron Cahill
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Hilarious lambasting of Merchant-Ivory style films.
22 November 2000 | by ghicks-2See all my reviews

For anyone who has seen Howards End, Enchanted April, A Passage to India, Carrington, and especially A Room with a View, this is a side-splitter. Though aiming mostly at Merchant-Ivory films, this piece takes on that entire category of films centered on the lives and loves of stuffy late-Victorian and Edwardian Brits of the upper class. Some of the gags are film specific like Edward opening his window in Rome to find a brick wall or character names like Reverend Dweeb. Others, like Emily's panicked flight through a hedge maze the size of closet are broader. I found the entire cast, especially Prunella Scales as Aunt Agnes, to be spot-on perfect. It helps that Scales and West (as Edward) were actually featured in Howards End. Peter Ustinov is also grand as batty Horace. Whether you love or hate this kind of movie, Stiff Upper Lips is a kick.

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