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Stiff Upper Lips (1998)

R | | Comedy | 12 June 1998 (UK)
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Aunt Agnes vainly tries to force Emily to marry boring Cedric by taking them to Italy and India hoping that Emily will forget about the handsome George.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Artus ... Hurdler
Kevin Furlong ... Hurdler
Nicholas Selby ... Don 1
John Boswall ... Don 2
... Edward
... Cedric
... Aunt Agnes
... Emily
... Hudson Junior
Jon Croft ... Station Master
Charles Simon ... Hudson Senior
Anna Livia Ryan ... Rosie
... George
... Eric
... His Butler's Voice


Young upper-class fellow Edward arrives with his friend Cedric at the family manse, Ivory Hall. He plans to pair off Cedric with his sister Emily. Emily, on the other hand, falls in love with a son of local peasant, George. Old Aunt Agnes 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. Written by Anonymous

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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 »






Release Date:

12 June 1998 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Period!  »

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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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One of the funniest films I have ever seen
6 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

I saw this film twice in the first week it came out. This was just as well, as it closed after a week, as nobody else saw it apart from me and a friend. I think that, apart from its DVD availability, it is just about unseen. This is what I would call 'a pity'.

Stiff Upper Lips has, especially in the first half, so many spot on gags that it becomes almost abstract. Death in Venice? Yes. Chariots of Fire? Yes. Maurice? Yes. Every Merchant Ivory film? You bet. And all these jokes are funny. Imagine Airplane, remade in Britain, with better jokes.

And the performances are spot on as well. Peter Ustinov is amusing as a slave trading plantation owner, Georgina Cates is fun as the 'heroine', who spends most of the film whinging, but the honours go to Robert Portal and Samuel West, in a pair of the funniest performances of all time. Every nuance, every line is finely judged. (Is that Forster you're reading? Yes, but I only read him for the landscapes.) Buy a DVD player, get this film, and enjoy.

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