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Noises Off
     

Noises Off

4.8 16
Director: Peter Bogdanovich, Carol Burnett, Michael Caine, Denholm Elliott

Cast: Peter Bogdanovich, Carol Burnett, Michael Caine, Denholm Elliott

 
A fast-moving farce that will leave theater fans in stitches, Noises Off! offers an all-star cast in some of the actors' finest performances. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, the image boasts vibrant colors and even skin tones. If the English Dolby Digital 5.1 audio mix doesn't score strong points in terms of fully realizing its potential, it does

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A fast-moving farce that will leave theater fans in stitches, Noises Off! offers an all-star cast in some of the actors' finest performances. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, the image boasts vibrant colors and even skin tones. If the English Dolby Digital 5.1 audio mix doesn't score strong points in terms of fully realizing its potential, it does recreate the sounds of the theater in a way that will take viewers out of their living room and have them checking for their ticket stub while making a trip to the restroom. An alternate French Dolby Digital Stereo soundtrack is also included, as are optional French subtitles.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Dan Friedman
Peter Bogdanovich has had his ups and downs in his career, but a nice little feather in his cap is Noises Off, a fast-paced comedy adapted from the stage play by Michael Frayn. The film chronicles the journey of a British farce from tryouts in the Midwest to its Broadway opening and the comical disasters that ensue amongst the cast, crew, and director. Michael Caine is perfectly cast as the play's director, Lloyd Fellowes, and he delivers the best overall performance. His mannerisms and facial expressions demonstrate a comic timing that is right on. Bogdanovich deftly manages his ensemble cast, which, in addition to Caine, features Carol Burnett as an aging leading lady, John Ritter as her offstage paramour, Christopher Reeve in a rather dimwitted role, and Denholm Elliot as the old school, somewhat senile, has-been. There are tons of belly laughs and sight gags. The acting takes a bit of a backseat to the physical comedy, particularly in a long extended "backstage" sequence where there are myriad sight gags and virtually no dialogue. It's obviously a very difficult orchestration, but Bogdanovich acquits himself well as the editing and the pacing are fairly seamless. Marilu Henner is very funny as the "gossip," and the cast is rounded out by Julie Hagerty, Mark Linn-Baker as the beleaguered stagehand, and Nicollette Sheridan, who spends most of the film in her underwear. At times it seems like the cast is trying a bit too hard and the whole thing moves so fast it can lose an inattentive viewer, but these are minor points. It's a bit odd that a film with a prominent director and a top-of-the-line cast should have had so little success in theatrical release, but it's a treat worth searching out on video when the occasion calls for a few genuine laughs.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/04/2004
UPC:
0786936233971
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:29:00
Sales rank:
2,345

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Closed Caption; [None specified]

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Carol Burnett Dotty Otley,Mrs. Clackett
Michael Caine Lloyd Fellowes
Denholm Elliott Selsdon Mowbray/The Burglar
Julie Hagerty Poppy Taylor
Marilu Henner Belinda Blair,Flavia Brent
Mark Linn-Baker Tim Allgood
Christopher Reeve Frederick Dallas,Philip Brent
John Ritter Roger Tramplemain,Garry Lejeune
Nicollette Sheridan Brooke Ashton,Vicki
Rosie de Sanctis Backstage Visitor
Bronson Dudler Bum at Curb
Kate Rich Des Moines Stagehand
Zoe Cassavetes Miami Stagehand
Kim Sebastian Cleveland Stagehand
L.B. Straten Broadway Stagehand
J. Christopher Sullivan Miami Backstage Guard
Kimberly Neville Miami Usher
Cleveland O'Neal Miami Electrician
Roger Michelson Company Lighting Technician
Joe Hanna Company Soundman
Jack McCall Broadway Usher
Keith Crowningshield Broadway Usher
Andrew Mapp Broadway Usher
Dianna Agostini Broadway Theatergoer
Drummond Erskine Backstage Doorman
Dick Corman Additional Stagehand
Wendy Wilson Additional Stagehand
Matthew Robert Gottlieb Additional Stagehand
Dana Marley Additional Stagehand

Technical Credits
Peter Bogdanovich Director,Producer
Joan Bradshaw Associate Producer
Betsy Cox Costumes/Costume Designer
Lisa Day Editor
Jim Duffy Set Decoration/Design
Michael Frayn Screenwriter
Marty Kaplan Screenwriter
Kathleen Kennedy Producer
Daniel Maltese Art Director
Phil Marshall Score Composer
Frank Marshall Producer
Norman Newberry Production Designer
Steve Starkey Co-producer
L.B. Straten Associate Producer
Tim Suhrstedt Cinematographer
Jim Webb Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits/Noises Off! [10:53]
2. Where's Selsdon? [9:36]
3. Paranormal [11:47]
4. Criminals Everywhere [9:39]
5. Lovers' Quarrel [5:38]
6. Two Minute Warning [9:10]
7. The Matinee [6:23]
8. Backstage Crisis [13:02]
9. Curtain [10:07]
10. Nothing On [7:56]
11. Last-Minute Replacement [5:56]
12. End Credits [3:20]

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Noises Off 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw the movie about 3 years ago and recomend it to anyone who loves a good comedy. What makes this play/movie so funny you ask? Drama, drama, drama...on and off the stage. A minute will not go by without a good laugh. Also, the movie has an outstanding cast...John Ritter, Michael Caine, Carol Bernett, etc. A must see...take my word for it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i saw this play performed in High School. i thought it was funny then, but when i saw the real movie/play, i thought it was even funnier!! a must see!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I stumbled across this movie years ago, and I was in hysterics almost immediately. Definite recommendation!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you have EVER been involved in theater you will know exactly what these people are going through. I have never laughed so hard before. I can relate with them. I have been there and will be there again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I actually was in a stage production of Noises Off. I played Gary (John Ritter's character), and I can honestly say it was the best production I have ever had the pleasure of being associated with. The movie and the show are almost identical, with the exception of a couple England-to-America translations; and they are both equally as hillarious. It's an all-star cast, and if you have the means, I highly suggest picking it up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the funniest movies I have ever seen. I highly recomend it to everyone. The cast is amazingly talented.
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This movie is a definite must see!. The scenes are gut busting hilarious. I always laght so hard. You should definitly get this. It's a behind the scenes look at a play and everything that could go wrong.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is probably one of the best plays about making plays ever written. It captures not only the trials and tribulations of producing a play, but it examines the quirks of the players involved. The cast is stupendous and each does an bang up job. I laughed so hard the first time I saw it I almost couldn't breathe, and almost as hard each time since.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I stumbled upon this movie one lazy afternoon on television and was laughing within the first three minutes. After months of searching I was finally able to find a used copy online on video. I can't wait for the dvd to be released. If you enjoy a great cast and just a feel-good, well-written comedy, than this is one to add to the collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Check out the all-star cast. This is basic comedy at its best. If you dont laugh at this...then you should check to see if you have a pulse!! Love it. Love it. Love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bogdonovitch makes a terrifc film adaptation of a very funny play! This hilarious stage play makes a remarkable transition to film which is no easy task. I saw this film in it's theatrical release years ago after having seen it on stage half a dozen times and was not disappointed. It did not have a long life in movie thetares which I never understood. A terrific ensemble cast makes this one worth seeing over and over again! Laugh till it hurts!
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