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The Dresser (2015)

TV-14 | | Drama | TV Movie 30 May 2016
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A drama, based on a successful play, about an aging actor and his personal assistant.

Director:

Richard Eyre

Writers:

Richard Eyre (adapted by), Ronald Harwood (based on the play by)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Anthony Hopkins ... Sir
Ian McKellen ... Norman
Emily Watson ... Her Ladyship
Sarah Lancashire ... Madge
Edward Fox ... Thornton
Vanessa Kirby ... Irene
Tom Brooke ... Oxenby
Ian Conningham ... Kent
John Ashton John Ashton ... Gloucester
Helen Bradbury Helen Bradbury ... Regan
Annalisa Rossi Annalisa Rossi ... Goneril
Carl Sanderson Carl Sanderson ... Cornwall
Matthew Cottle ... Albany
Martin Chamberlain Martin Chamberlain ... Gentleman
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In the closing months of World War Two ageing actor 'Sir' and his wife Her Ladyship bring Shakespeare to the provinces with a company depleted by conscription. 'Sir' is plainly unwell, discharging himself from hospital and Her Ladyship believes he should cancel his upcoming performance of 'King Lear'. However Norman, his outspoken, gay dresser disagrees and is determined that the show will go on, cajoling the confused 'Sir' into giving a performance - one which will be his swansong, at the same time drawing a parallel between King Lear and his fool as Norman, despite ultimate disappointment, serves his master. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 May 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Påklädaren See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Stereo

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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Although "Sir" is based on Sir Donald Wolfit, the action has been transplanted back in time to World War II, a time when the real Wolfit, far from being an elderly actor, poor in health, and prone to lapses in memory, was only about forty, and at the height of his powers. See more »

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Version of The Dresser (1983) See more »

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Composed and Performed by Randy Dunn
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Far Less than Movie
4 March 2017 | by d_anastSee all my reviews

The lead actors, great theatrical geniuses both, convey an absolute disinterest in their roles and only put forward what their particular personas can convey in this. Though the adaptation makes more sense than the original film, the actors are just walking through their parts to make a few bucks as compared to the care Finney and Courtenay put in their roles in the original. Of course, considering their talents I was impressed by their expected competence -- but watch the original to see better performances.


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