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The Party (2017)

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Janet hosts a party to celebrate her new promotion, but once the guests arrive it becomes clear that not everything is going to go down as smoothly as the red wine.


Sally Potter


Sally Potter, Walter Donohue (story editor)
4,386 ( 120)
4 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview:
Timothy Spall ... Bill
Kristin Scott Thomas ... Janet
Patricia Clarkson ... April
Bruno Ganz ... Gottfried
Cherry Jones ... Martha
Emily Mortimer ... Jinny
Cillian Murphy ... Tom


To celebrate her long-awaited prestigious post as a Shadow Minister for Health and, hopefully, the stepping stone to party leadership, the newly-appointed British opposition politician, Janet, is throwing a party for friends at her London flat. Of course, in this select and intimate soirée, apart from Bill--Janet's self-denying academic husband--a motley crew of elite hand-picked guests have been invited: There's April, the sourly cynical American best friend; her unlikely German husband, Gottfried; there's also Jinny and Martha; and finally, Tom, the smooth banker in the impeccable suit. But inevitably, before dinner is served, the upbeat ambience will shatter to pieces, as festering secrets will start surfacing in this perfect domestic war-zone. Undoubtedly, after this night, things will never be the same again. Written by Nick Riganas

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A comedy of tragic proportions.


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

16 February 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Festa See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$37,396, 18 February 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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Technical Specs


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bruno Ganz states during the film 'I am not a Nazi'. Ganz famously played Adolf Hitler in Downfall (2004). See more »


Bill: Yes, yes, and I'm Bill, I think. Well, I used to be.
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References Master Chef (2010) See more »


Written by Carlos Paredes and Pedro Tamen
Performed by Carlos Paredes (Portuguese guitar)
Accompanied by Fernando Alvim (classical guitar)
Published by Edições Valentim de Carvalho, S.A. (SPA)
Master recording courtesy of Edições Valentim de Carvalho
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Boring fiasco
7 January 2018 | by i-34108See all my reviews

I was hoping and expecting something that was a little bit like Mike Leigh's masterpiece Abigail's party. Believe me, Abigail's party is 90 out of 100 but this is 0 out of 100. My other half said she would be generous and give it 1 out of 10 because she liked the fireplace in the house. Interestingly it has been given rave reviews by most critics including Bradshaw in the Guardian and Kermode in the Observer. Once again their credibility must be shot by over praising this ghastly and boring fiasco. Rarely has the phrase "The Emperor's New Clothes" seemed more appropriate. Tara Brady in the Irish Times is one of the few, along with the Sunday Times and a site called Little White Lies, among professional critics who got it totally right by saying "this is still just a bad , bad play". If you look more closely it's possible to see that many ordinary punters have slammed it as well. As of today jan 7th, 2018 it's popularity in IMDb seems to be nose diving quite justifiably as people realise that the critics have got it wrong and this movie in an atrocious turkey and an embarrassment to the talented cast

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