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The Final Curtain (2002)

A rivalry develops between a showbiz veteran and an upstart newcomer.

Director:

Patrick Harkins

Writer:

John Hodge
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrian Lester ... Jonathan Stitch
Peter O'Toole ... JJ Curtis
Iain Rogerson Iain Rogerson ... Mr. Arkwright (as Ian Rogerson)
Anna Jaskolka Anna Jaskolka ... Mrs. Arkwright
Jonathan Shaw Jonathan Shaw ... Charlie Arkwright
Claudia Lander-Duke ... Arkwright Daughter
Patrick Malahide ... Dr. Colworth
Emily Richards Emily Richards ... Award Presenter
Todd Boyce ... Pete Lanyard
Henry Goodman ... Ed Nbrezki (voice)
Aidan Gillen ... Dave Turner
Julia Sawalha ... Karen Willet
Malcolm Tierney ... Estate Agent
Sharon Swyer Sharon Swyer ... Limo Girl
Louise Brill Louise Brill ... Cindy Minx
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Jonathan Stitch, having just won a prestigious MacKinlay Award for his first novel, relays how he came to ghost write the memoirs of beloved British game show host JJ Curtis, who worked hard to emerge from a humble background and achieve celebrity status, albeit in what most consider the most lowbrow end of popular culture. Jonathan realizes that he is not the most obvious choice of a writer for this project - it a job he didn't initially want - but he ends up viewing the job as a challenge to make it stand out from all the other minor celebrity memoirs, especially as reading about JJ would generally appeal only to a niche segment of the primarily British population, one that probably doesn't buy many books. Part of JJ's reason for wanting the book written is to increase his profile in order to sell his show to the lucrative US market. Despite being in the twilight of his career, JJ is denying something about his life that would make the sale of the show to a US distributor a moot ... Written by Huggo

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2 popular game shows. 2 popular hosts. No scruples.

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Drama

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Rated R for language, some violence and brief drug use | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A függöny legördül See more »

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Trivia

Louise Brill's final acting role. See more »

Quotes

JJ Curtis: Amazing, really, what a man can achieve with one bent journalist and an envelope stuffed full of £5 notes - money well spent.
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Goldberg Variatioons no. 1
[BWV 988]
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Another Waste Of Lottery Funds
8 January 2006 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

The opening credits of THE FINAL CURTAIN rolled and the very first credit stated that this was a film produced by Universal Studios in conjunction with DNA films . I missed the rest of the credits because I was through the kitchen making a cup of tea but when I came back I was struck as to how the film played out because the whole style of the movie screamed " British lottery funding " . How could this be since the movie was financed by an American studio ? We're shown an all too long ex positional sequence complete with voice over showing diverse clips from THE BLACK AND WHITE MINSTRALS and DOCTOR WHO in a movie that uses the technique of a TRAINSPOTTING wannabe . Two things I found out after the film had finished were that THE FINAL CURTAIN was written by TRAINSPOTTING adapter John Hodge and that the movie was indeed funded by the national lottery

This explains a lot because say what you like about Hollywood studios but at least they know what the public want and the public don't want to see a pile of nepotistic crap with zero money making potential . Lottery funding has killed the British film industry in many ways because it has stopped film makers earning their money . The producers get paid therefore they're under no pressure to make a film with any type of national or international appeal . For every 28 DAYS LATER there's ten movies like THE TANGO LESSON and IT WAS AN ACCIDENT and THE SLAB BOYS , films that should be drowned at birth and which this film goer would pay good money NOT to see . Be honest , despite an avalance of British film releases in the last ten years how many do you think are genuinely good movies ?

The story ( If that is the right word ) revolves around the rivalry between two hideously successful game show hosts JJ Curtis and Dave Turner . If you want to understand how unrealistic this scenario is then imagine Chris Tarrant and Chris Evans embarking on a murder campaign against one another . A ridiculous idea for a storyline isn't it ? but not that the producers , screenwriter and director care . You can just imagine them holding their sides laughing as someone is asked to give JJ a circumcision or as someone is electrocuted . Guess what ? I never thought I'd start laughing and I didn't . And by making Curtis and Turner so unlikable there's no empathy for the audience . Having these characters as protagonists means to the audience it's kind of like being Polish during the second world war where you had Hitler to the West and Stalin to the East . No matter who wins the audience will be the loser

I'm actually shocked that people have come on to this page and awarded THE FINAL CURTAIN high marks or the fact that 115 voters have given it an average rating of 5.8 when a more realistic score would be in the region of half that because this is a fairly terrible film made by people who are far too lazy to make anything resembling a half way decent one


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