Play for Today (1970–1984)
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In a mental home, two elderly men become unlikely friends.

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... Harry (as Sir John Gielgud)
... Jack (as Sir Ralph Richardson)
... Marjorie
... Kathleen
... Alfred
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In a mental home, two elderly men become unlikely friends.

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6 January 1972 (UK)  »

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This is an adaptation of a highly celebrated 1970 Royal Court production. See more »

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Anderson's very simple filming of a stage play.
15 September 2016 | by See all my reviews

Very simple filming of a stage play.

It features two amazing and complex performances by John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson, along with Lindsay Anderson's trademark mix of humor, surrealism and sadness.

The play focuses on five characters in a home for mentally unstable people during the hours where they sit in the garden and try to hold onto their dignity and their identity.

One of those plays where not all that much happens in terms of events, but I was always fascinated by the human beings themselves and their odd interactions as they bounced off of each other like billiard balls.

It didn't hold up quite as well for me on 2nd viewing, but the performances were still terrific, and the ending quite moving. Still well worth seeing


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