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A Cock and Bull Story

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Time Out says

Winterbottom pulls off something of a coup with this almost-adaptation of ‘Tristram Shandy’. Rather than trying to shoehorn Sterne’s proto-post-modern novel into cinematic form, he presents an equally squirmy, self-reflexive account of a film crew’s attempt to do just that; like Shandy, ‘Cock and Bull’ spends its duration struggling to account for its own birth. Coogan plays himself playing Tristram, gamely mining his own tabloid reputation in the behind-the-scenes sequences – a conceit that makes the most of both Sterne’s and modern entertainment’s almost crippling self-awareness. As funny as it is clever, with the rivalry between Coogan and Brydon (‘Marion & Geoff’’) a particular delight.
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Release Details

  • Rated:15
  • Release date:Friday 20 January 2006
  • Duration:92 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Michael Winterbottom
  • Screenwriter:Martin Hardy
  • Cast:
    • Steve Coogan
    • Rob Brydon
    • Keeley Hawes
    • Raymond Waring
    • Stephen Fry
    • Ian Hart
    • Dylan Moran
    • Kelly MacDonald
    • James Fleet
    • David Walliams
    • Naomie Harris
    • Shirley Henderson
    • Greg Wise
    • Gillian Anderson
    • Ronni Ancona
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