The Dresser

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Time Out says

An accomplished film of Ronald Harwood's theatrical two-hander, animated by two gigantic performances. Finney, grossly Shakespearean as Sir, the imperious, declamatory actor-manager with a Moses-like command of his company and inanimate objects ('St-o-o-p th-a-a-a-t tr-ai-ai-n!' he bawls, bringing British Rail to its knees), is fully matched by Courtenay's pantomime poof Norman, Sir's devoted dresser: mincing, nagging, but the only one able to reach to the furthest depths of Sir's hair-tearing madness and coax him into the costumes and roles that have by wicked irony destroyed him. Especially pleasing, then, that in the final act it is the quiet craft of an actress - Atkins as the long-suffering, love-lorn stage manageress - that rises above constrictions of plot and thankless part to upstage them.
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Release details

UK release:

1983

Duration:

118 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Peter Yates

Cast:

Eileen Atkins, Zena Walker, Edward Fox, Tom Courtenay, Albert Finney, Michael Gough

Music:

James Horner

Production Designer:

Stephen Grimes

Editor:

Ray Lovejoy

Cinematography:

Kelvin Pike

Screenwriter:

Ronald Harwood

Producer:

Peter Yates

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