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The Final Curtain (2002)

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

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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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Storyline

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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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A függöny legördül See more »

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Dolby

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Louise Brill's final acting role. See more »

Quotes

Jonathan Stitch: It *was* an accident, wasn't it?
JJ Curtis: Up to a point. I mean, I had no way of calculating the actual voltage. There is always an element of chance in these sort of things.
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Nocturne for Piano op.9, no. 2
Composed by Frédéric Chopin
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O'Toole on great form
22 September 2005 | by andynpetersSee all my reviews

Obviously made on a low budget, so we have to concentrate on the story & the acting rather than computerised special effects or big Hollywood names. A unique storyline with duelling gameshow hosts and a narrator who is reluctantly writing the biography of one of them.

Well worth a watch, though I felt it strained belief towards the end. O'Toole (as ever) shows what being an actor REALLY means & why the present Hollywood generation are anonymous by comparison with the greats.

You'll remember this film long after you forget Charlies Angels 6 or the latest Jennifer Lopez epic


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