Prick Up Your Ears

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(out of 5)


Terrific drama about playwright Joe Orton, based on John Lahr’s play of the same name. The film follows Orton () from his early days living with his parents to his introduction to London’s many opportunities for sexual encounters. He meets and falls in love with Kenneth Halliwell (), and the two begin a relationship that begins to tear at Halliwell’s jealousy. Orton never stops tricking in bathhouses and public restrooms, while his professional life eclipses his partner soon enough as well: his plays Loot, What The Butler Saw and the controversial Entertaining Mr. Sloane are huge hits with audiences. Oldman is fantastic as Orton, Molina terrifying as the eventually homicidal Halliwell, and  lends brilliant support as Orton’s agent who narrates the story in present day to biographer (playing Lahr).


United Kingdom, 1987

Directed by 

Screenplay by , based on the book by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  Cannes 1987


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Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Vanessa Redgrave)

New York Film Critics Award
Best Supporting Actress (Vanessa Redgrave)

Los Angeles Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Supporting Actress (Vanessa Redgrave)

National Society of Film Critics Award Nomination
Best Supporting Actress (Vanessa Redgrave)

Independent Spirit Award Nomination
Best Foreign Film

British Academy Award Nominations
Best Actor (Gary Oldman)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Vanessa Redgrave)

Nomination
Best Screenplay – Adapted


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