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Tea with the Dames (2018)

Nothing Like a Dame (original title)
Unrated | | Documentary | 2 May 2018 (UK)
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Dames Judi Dench, Eileen Atkins, Joan Plowright, and Maggie Smith get together for tea to reminisce and discuss their acting careers.

Director:

Roger Michell
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Cast

Credited cast:
Eileen Atkins ... Herself
Judi Dench ... Herself
Joan Plowright ... Herself
Maggie Smith ... Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Altman ... Himself (archive footage)
Frank Finlay ... Iago (archive footage)
John Gielgud ... Himself (archive footage)
Julian Glover ... Himself (archive footage)
Sheridan Morley Sheridan Morley ... Himself (archive footage)
Laurence Olivier ... Himself (archive footage)
Kim Philby ... Himself (archive footage)
Vanessa Redgrave ... Herself (archive footage)
Robert Stephens ... Himself (archive footage)
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Dames Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith have let the cameras in on a friendship that goes back more than half a century. The four acting greats discuss their careers and reminisce about their humble beginnings in the theatre.

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Documentary

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 May 2018 (UK) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,777, 23 September 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$867,888, 3 January 2019
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

While all four Dames have enjoyed a long career of critical acclaim (and were honored with a knighthood), only two also achieved box office success as part of a major movie franchise. Judi Dench starred as "M" in seven of the James Bond films, with a worldwide gross of $2.294b; but Maggie Smith tripled that by starring as Minerva McGonagall in seven Harry Potter films, which grossed $6.763b worldwide. See more »

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Roger Michell: What would your advice be to your younger selves?
Judi Dench: Oh, christ...
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References The Entertainer (1960) See more »

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Film Has Its Flaws But These Four Grand Dames Make it All a Pleasure
28 February 2019 | by larrys3See all my reviews

Four grand Dames of England, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Joan Plowright, and Eileen Atkins get together and reminisce at Plowright's country home. I would say the wonderful archival film snippets of some of their performances on stage and screen would be enough for the price of admission here. But we get a lot more than that as these superb actresses talk about their surprising self-doubts, anxieties before they perform, aging, marriages, reviewers, and swap inside stories of their interactions with fellow performers and directors.

I felt this documentary got off to a rather disjointed start but went more smoothly as it progressed. Some of the humor made me laugh out loud such as when Dench had to call the paramedics for a bee sting on her backside. Her description was hilarious of the very young EMT tech who asked her if she had a carer (in America would be a home aide) which made her furious and she told him to "f-off".

Overall, this film had its awkward moments and the technique of the talented director Roger Michell asking the four women from the wings to comment on a new topic didn't work very well, in my opinion. But just to sit in and eavesdrop on this get-together of four master artists was a real pleasure.


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