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The Dresser (2015)

TV-14 | | Comedy, Drama | TV Movie 30 May 2016
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A drama, based on a successful play, about an aging actor (Sir Anthony Hopkins) and his personal assistant (Sir Ian McKellen).

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 2 wins & 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 ... Regan
Annalisa Rossi Annalisa Rossi ... Goneril
Carl Sanderson Carl Sanderson ... Cornwall
Matthew Cottle ... Albany
Martin Chamberlain Martin Chamberlain ... Gentleman
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Storyline

In the closing months of World War II aging actor Sir (Sir Anthony Hopkins) and his wife Her Ladyship (Emily Watson) bring Shakespeare to the provinces with a company depleted by conscription. Sir is plainly unwell, discharging himself from the hospital and Her Ladyship believes he should cancel his upcoming performance of "King Lear". However, Norman (Sir Ian McKellen), 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 swan song. 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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Comedy | Drama

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Sir Anthony Hopkins and Sir Ian McKellen have worked with Marvel Comics. Hopkins played the Norse god King Odin in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, while McKellen played Erik Lehnsherr, a.k.a. Magneto, in the X-Men film franchise. See more »

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Remake of The Dresser (1983) See more »

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Superb Acting in This Deep Drama
27 August 2016 | by larrys3See all my reviews

There's superb acting in this deep and powerful drama, adapted to the screen by Ronald Harwood, based on his own play, and ably directed by Richard Eyre. It will probably appeal only to a certain slice of viewers, those that can get into a deliberately paced and dialogue driven film and are not looking for an action flick.

The lead actors here Anthony Hopkins, Ian McKellen, Emily Watson, and Sarah Lancashire are all excellent in their roles. with a fine supporting cast enhancing the movie. To be honest, I hadn't heard of Lancashire before, but she was quite amazing in a very understated performance, and one scene with Hopkins was truly mesmerizing.

All in all, I found this film became even more powerful as it progressed and with its superb acting, writing, and direction can certainly be recommended for those that like a heavy and most well presented drama.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 May 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dresser See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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16:9 HD
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