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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


Paul Simpkin (screenplay), Gary Sinyor (screenplay) | 3 more credits »





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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Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Movie Producer Ismail Merchant, whose work this movie spoofs, refused the offer of a cameo role as a merchant. See more »


Emily Ivory: The bushiness of his eyebrows is more than twice the socially acceptable level.
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Spoofs Carrington (1995) See more »


O mio babbino caro
from "Gianni Schicchi" (uncredited)
by Giacomo Puccini
Soprano Miriam Gauci
Performed by The Brussels Philharmonic (as BRT Philharmonic Orchestra (Brussels))
Conducted by Alexander Rahbari
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What a carry on!
19 November 2003 | by starbug1-1See all my reviews

This film is a glorious tribute to so many 'stiff' period pieces as well as such comedies as 'Carry on up the Kyber'. It is also beautiful to watch with real locations used in the UK, Italy and India (rather than at the back of Shepperton studios).

While the plot may lag in some places, the references and in-jokes are so dense that you can blink and miss many of them.

The list of movies and television series that are lampooned is massive, but a few include 'Chariots of Fire', 'Brideshead Revisited', anything with Helena Bonham-Carter, 'Upstairs Downstairs', 'Lawrence of Arabia' and 'Gandhi'.

Peter Ustinov (Horace) letches like Sid James, Prunella Scales (Aunt Agnes) stands her ground like Joan Sims, Sam West (Edward) bumbles like Charles Hawtree and Robert Portal (Cedric) sneers almost like Kenneth Williams. Sean Pertwee (George) saves the day a la Jim Dale and Georgina Cates (Emily) is feisty like Barbara Windsor etc. etc.

The scene where Cedric meets Aunt Agnes is priceless, if only for the 'Daughter of Zeus' gag.

'Stiff Upper Lips' is definitely worth seeing more than once.

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