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Quartet (2012)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 1 March 2013 (USA)
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At a home for retired musicians, the annual concert to celebrate Composer Giuseppe Verdi's birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean (Dame Maggie Smith), an eternal diva and the former wife of one of the residents.

Director:

Dustin Hoffman

Writers:

Ronald Harwood (based on the play by), Ronald Harwood (screenplay by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Maggie Smith ... Jean Horton
Tom Courtenay ... Reggie Paget
Billy Connolly ... Wilf Bond
Pauline Collins ... Cissy Robson
Michael Gambon ... Cedric Livingstone
Sheridan Smith ... Dr. Lucy Cogan
Andrew Sachs ... Bobby Swanson
Gwyneth Jones Gwyneth Jones ... Anne Langley (as Dame Gwyneth Jones)
Trevor Peacock ... George
David Ryall ... Harry
Michael Byrne ... Frank White
Ronnie Fox ... Nobby
Patricia Loveland Patricia Loveland ... Letitia Davis
Eline Powell ... Angelique
Luke Newberry ... Simon
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Storyline

Cissy (Pauline Collins), Reggie (Sir Tom Courtenay), and Wilf (Sir Billy Connolly) are in a home for retired musicians. Every year, on October 10, there is a concert to celebrate Composer Giuseppe Verdi's birthday and they take part. Jean (Dame Maggie Smith), who used to be married to Reggie, arrives at the home and disrupts their equilibrium. She still acts like a diva, but she refuses to sing. Still, the show must go on, and it does. Written by BrianoftheNorth

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Every diva deserves an encore. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and suggestive humor | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Ronald Harwood wrote the part of Wilf for Albert Finney, who had worked with Sir Tom Courtenay on The Dresser (1983). Finney was forced to turn down the role due to ill health, and Peter O'Toole was cast to replace him. Before shooting began, O'Toole concluded that he was unable to survive the rigors of a movie shoot and he was replaced by Sir Billy Connolly. See more »

Goofs

While Reggie is playing croquet with Wilf, his pocket handkerchief and shirt buttons suddenly swap sides, indicating a flipped shot. See more »

Quotes

Jean: This is not a retirement home, it is a madhouse!
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Crazy Credits

As the final credits roll, photos of each of the supporting cast members of retired musicians is shown beside a picture of them during their performing careers. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Bella figlia dell'amore
from "Rigoletto: Act 3"
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi
Arranged for trumpet by Dario Marianelli
Performed by Ronnie Hughes
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Having fun with the talented in retirement
14 April 2017 | by SimonJackSee all my reviews

"Quartet" is a good British comedy with a cast of some of the great British actors of the last half of the 20th century. The film is based on a play and was the first credited directing job for Dustin Hoffman. The story has wonderful potential, but somehow the movie seems to miss the second gear that would give it some oomph.

Among the cast are some wonderful British actors that movie buffs have enjoyed for decades. They've played in comedy, drama, mysteries and romantic histories and biographies. Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, Michael Gambon and Andrew Sachs head the cast.

The plot isn't original – a retirement home for actors, artists and musicians. The ensemble comes together to stage a production when one of the last reigning stars from a big hit joins the community. Smith's Jean Horton comments, when she sees how the people get along, "It's not a retirement home. It's a mad house."

It's an enjoyable film, mostly for those who appreciate some of the performers and films of the past. The language is a little crass and off color at times. Modern audiences may not find it slow and not very funny.


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UK

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Release Date:

1 March 2013 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$47,122, 13 January 2013

Gross USA:

$18,390,117

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$59,520,298
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2.35 : 1
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