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The Dresser (2015)

AL | | Drama | TV Movie 31 October 2015
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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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Cast

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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Storyline

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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AL | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 2015 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Påklädaren See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Sir Anthony Hopkins and Sir Ian McKellen have played real-life film directors: Hopkins as Sir Alfred Hitchcock in Hitchcock (2012), McKellen as James Whale in Gods and Monsters (1998) See more »

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Featured in BAFTA Televsion Awards 2016 (2016) See more »

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Composed and Performed by Randy Dunn
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A night to remember
6 June 2017 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

This film tells the story of a man who dresses actors for a play in a theatre back in the second world war. He tries his hardest to convince the ailing lead actor to continue playing King Lear, and witnesses powerful human interactions along the way.

It's remarkable that I haven't heard of "The Dresser" before, given the fact that it has heavyweight actors Ian McKellen and Anthony Hopkins. The film is a single location film, featuring only indoors of a theatre. There are times I wish I could see the sunshine or some plants and nature, as the colour scheme is all brown and dark. The story itself is slow, but very dialogue heavy. There was a time when I thought the film was about to end, it turned out that I have only been watching for thirty minutes! The film felt long and slightly tedious, but the ending makes up for it. It is certainly a night to remember for the actors of the theatre.


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