The Dresser

BBBBB

(out of 5)


Ronald Harwood adapts his hit Broadway play with mesmerizing results, despite making very few adjustments to the original stage setting. A heartily devoted dresser (Tom Courtenay) pushes, prods, cajoles, worships, degrades and inspires an aging, overworked actor (Albert Finney) to get on stage and get through a performance in the title role of King Lear, as the rest of the company looks on with fear that it won’t happen.  Eileen Atkins is devastating as the lonely stage manager who is all business at first but turns out to have a broken heart that emerges as the performance continues. Fantastic writing and direction create entertaining cinema out of a great backstage pass to the magical world of theatre.


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United Kingdom, 1983

Directed by Peter Yates

Screenplay by

Cinematography by

Produced by Peter Yates

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1983

Golden Globe Awards 1983

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