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This comedy drama, a sort of British version of The Big Chill 1983, was directed by Kenneth Branagh. Ten years after they were members of a music and comedy troupe at Cambridge University, a diverse group of friends in their early 30s gather at the expansive estate of Peter Morton Stephen Fry, who's invited them there for a reunion. Among the guests are Andrew Branagh, who has married Carol Rita Rudner, the star of the American situation comedy he writes; lonely Maggie Emma Thompson, who thinks she may be in love...
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This comedy drama, a sort of British version of The Big Chill 1983, was directed by Kenneth Branagh. Ten years after they were members of a music and comedy troupe at Cambridge University, a diverse group of friends in their early 30s gather at the expansive estate of Peter Morton Stephen Fry, who's invited them there for a reunion. Among the guests are Andrew Branagh, who has married Carol Rita Rudner, the star of the American situation comedy he writes; lonely Maggie Emma Thompson, who thinks she may be in love with Peter; Roger Hugh Laurie and Mary Imelda Staunton, a couple in advertising who have lost a child; and single Sarah Alphonsia Emmanuel, who's always attracted to the wrong men, including her latest boyfriend, the married Brian Tony Slattery. Also on hand is Vera Phyllida Law, the real-life mother of Thompson, a housekeeper who has protectively watched over Peter since childhood. Over the course of the weekend, various jealousies and fears are revealed between joyous feasts, but a startling, tragic announcement from Peter puts everyone's petty dramas into proper perspective. American stand-up comedienne Rudner wrote the screenplay with her husband, Martin Bergmann.
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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Peter's Friends is a good little film that desperately wants to be a very good film but can't help falling short of that goal. Although it is frequently criticized for being a knock-off of The Big Chill, Peter's really has little in common with it other than the idea of a reunion of a group of old friends. In tone, Peter's is quite different than Chill: freer, looser, and wackier, although it still has its more serious moments. Unfortunately, it doesn't always mix the comic and the serious as well as it might, and Rita Rudner and Martin Bergman's screenplay also traffics in a few too many clich├ęs for comfort, especially toward the end. Still, it does have many genuinely funny moments and more than its fair share of amusing lines and bits. Kenneth Branagh's direction is a bit uneven in spots, but he certainly knows how to get the most out of his ensemble (with the exception of Rudner, who at times seems to be performing in a different movie altogether). Best among the rest are Emma Thompson, whom one wants to simply wrap one's arms around and hug, and Stephen Fry, who is wryly cynical yet still warm. If Peter's is not a great film, it still provides a great deal of entertainment.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/12/2008
  • UPC: 027616098641
  • Original Release: 1992
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kenneth Branagh Andrew
Alphonsia Emmanuel Sarah
Emma Thompson Maggie
Stephen Fry Peter
Hugh Laurie Roger
Phyllida Law Vera
Rita Rudner Carol
Imelda Staunton Mary
Tony Slattery Brian
Alex Scott Paul
Magdelena Buznea Catsitter
Annie Davies Brenda-Babysitter
Richard Briers Peter's Father
Edward Jewesbury Peter's Solicitor
Hetta Charnley Woman at Airport
Chris Pickles Chauffer
Nicola Wright Brian's Wife
Bill Parfitt Ben-Age 1
Alex Lowe
Technical Credits
Kenneth Branagh Director, Producer
Martin Bergman Co-producer, Screenwriter
Martin Childs Production Designer
Susan Coates Costumes/Costume Designer
Stephanie Collie Costumes/Costume Designer
Stephen Evans Executive Producer
Peter Frampton Makeup
Tim Harvey Production Designer
Roger Lanser Cinematographer
Andrew Marcus Editor
David Parfitt Producer
Rita Rudner Screenwriter
Daivd Toguri Choreography
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Peter's Friends
1. Last Performance [4:04]
2. Main Titles [1:39]
3. A Definite Decision [1:22]
4. Heading to Peter's [3:25]
5. Welcome [5:03]
6. Settling In [4:31]
7. Growing Up [2:51]
8. Self-Help [2:26]
9. Dressing for Dinner [1:32]
10. To Old Friends [3:50]
11. Wining and Dining [2:36]
12. What a Boor [3:00]
13. Always the Same [5:02]
14. Going to Bed [1:50]
15. I Love You [3:59]
16. A Bit of Time [5:44]
17. Blame and Punishment [4:34]
18. Perfect for Each Other [3:08]
19. A Little Advice [5:15]
20. Caroled [4:30]
21. Recurring Pattern [2:31]
22. Addicted to Romance [4:00]
23. Are You Ill? [3:17]
24. Time to Think [3:31]
25. Why? [6:02]
26. The Real Reason [5:50]
27. It's a Party [3:03]
28. End Titles [2:36]
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Disc #1 -- Peter's Friends
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         Spanish Dolby Surround
         French Dolby Surround
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