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Prick Up Your Ears (1987)

Director:
Stephen Frears
COUNTRY
United Kingdom
GENRE
Drama/Biography/
Comedy
NORWEGIAN TITLE
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RUNNING TIME
111 minutes
Producer:
Andrew Brown
Screenwriter (based on a book by John Lahr):
Alan Bennett


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Joe Orton Gary Oldman
Kenneth Halliwell Alfred Molina
Peggy Ramsay Vanessa Redgrave
Leonie Orton Frances Barber
Mrs. Sugden Janet Dale
Elsie Orton Julie Walters
John Lahr Wallace Shawn

 

Review

Gary Oldman and Alfred Molina give virtuoso performances as the tragic gay couple Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell - two of Britain's first openly homosexual intellectuals/celebrities. Oldman is a delight to watch as Orton, physically transformed/distinct with minimal alterations, giving a daring, carefree multilayered performance filled with charm, confidence, passion and spite. He is sexy for all the wrong reasons (as usual). Beside him, a harrowing, deep and exposing performance by Molina, whose character provides the film with both its sanity and insanity - all wrapped in Stephen Frears' clever and playful handling of a serious subject matter. He brings the right amount of satire and distance while at the same time retaining the story's sentiment and relevance, well helped by Alan Bennett's refreshing dialogue.

 

Copyright 29.11.2010 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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