The Life and Death of Peter Sellers

In many ways this feels less like a proper movie than a pageant patched together from impersonations, some poor (Tucci's Kubrick), some passable (Theron's Britt Ekland may be the best on show), others mute and virtually invisible (Edward Tudor Pole's Milligan). Centre stage, of course, is Rush's almost oppressively virtuoso, but unilluminating, lead turn, lent wobbly support from Margoyles as Sellers' doting/domineering mother Peg. Their rhetorical flourishes cannot conceal the fact that the film as a whole is little more than a string of clich├ęs about the shortcomings of genius: the insecurity, the infidelity, the volatility, the solipsism; in short, the pain inflicted and experienced in the pursuit of art and stardom. From the ugly opening animated credits to the silly end, this superficial, even pretentious film barely connects with its subject or the world he lived in.

Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday October 1 2004
Duration: 126 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Stephen Hopkins
Screenwriter: Stephen McFeely, Christopher Markus
Cast: Charlize Theron
Miriam Margolyes
Emily Watson
Edward Tudor Pole
Henry Goodman
Sonia Aquino
Stanley Tucci
Peter Vaughan
Steve Pemberton
Alison Steadman
David Robb
John Lithgow
Stephen Fry
Geoffrey Rush
Nigel Havers
Peter Gevisser
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