Prick Up Your Ears

Prick Up Your Ears

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Director: Stephen Frears

Cast: Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina, Vanessa Redgrave

     
 

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Stephen Frears' disturbing biopic of controversial homosexual playwright Joe Orton and his destructive relationship with Kenneth Halliwell contains a pair of fantastic performances by Gary Oldman and Alfred Molina. The film makes a well-deserved, if very belated, debut on DVD offering a pair of transfers. The widescreen transfer preserves the original theatrical

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Stephen Frears' disturbing biopic of controversial homosexual playwright Joe Orton and his destructive relationship with Kenneth Halliwell contains a pair of fantastic performances by Gary Oldman and Alfred Molina. The film makes a well-deserved, if very belated, debut on DVD offering a pair of transfers. The widescreen transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is preferable to the standard full-frame image. The English soundtrack is rendered in Stereo Surround. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials are limited to the original theatrical trailer. While it is sad that there are few extras, having this underrated film on DVD in its original screen format is enough to recommend this title from MGM.

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A playwright whose career was as brilliant as it was brief, Joe Orton made his name with plays whose anarchic quality mirrored the tumult of his own life. Brash, unapologetically homosexual, and possessing unbridled cheek, Orton was a vibrant personality, merrily jeering in the face of proper society until he died suddenly and violently, bludgeoned to death by his longtime lover, Kenneth Halliwell. The story of Orton's life would be easy to sentimentalize or sensationalize, but director Stephen Frears focuses on a portrait of what was essentially a very bad marriage. As told in flashbacks from the vantage point of Orton's agent (Vanessa Redgrave) and biographer (Wallace Shawn), the conclusion of Orton and Halliwell's relationship is a foregone one; what remains is for the viewer to sit back and watch the water come to a boil. Much of the film's strength can be found in Gary Oldman and Alfred Molina's portrayals of Orton and Halliwell. Oldman bears an uncanny resemblance to the playwright, and his performance is sexy, dangerous, and utterly compelling. Molina invests Halliwell with the needy gloom of an unwanted lover; the wary hurt in his eyes tells us all we need to know about where he's headed. Their moody, ever-shifting relationship mirrors the mercurial transformation of the stuffy 1950s into the swinging 1960s; there is exhilaration to be savored, but also the bitter taste of chaos lurking beneath.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/15/2004
UPC:
0027616906908
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:50:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Original theatrical trailer; Widescreen and full frame formats; English Dolby Digital Stereo Surround; English, French, & Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gary Oldman Joe Orton
Alfred Molina Kenneth Halliwell
Vanessa Redgrave Peggy Ramsay
Wallace Shawn John Lahr
Julie Walters Elsie Orton
Frances Barber Leonie Orton
James Grant William Orton
Lindsay Duncan Anthea Lahr
Janet Dale Mrs. Sugden
Dave Atkins Mr. Sugden
Simon Adams Undertaker's Boy
Jane Blackburn Women in Gallery
David Bradley Undertaker
Mark Brignal Beatles' Chauffeur
David Cardy Brian Epstein
Antony Carrick Counsel
Joanne Connelly Stage Manager
Garry Cooper Actor
Moktar Dagmouni Moroccan Boy
Philippa Davies Peggy Ramsay's Secretary
Noel Davis Philip
Anthony Douse BBC Actor
Neil Dudgeon Policeman
James Duggan Labourer
Christopher Guinee Publisher
Robin Hooper Mortuary Attendant
Richard Ireson Man Outside Lavatory
Ahmed El-Jheur Moroccan Boy
Karl Johnson Douglas Orton
John Kane Director
Julie Legrand Gallery owner
Spencer Leigh Constable
Steven Mackintosh Simon Ward
Charles McKowen Mr. Cunliffe
John Moffatt Wigmaker
Michael Mueller BBC Actor
Roger Lloyd Pack Actor
Jonathan Phillips Youth Outside Lavatory
Neville Phillips Man in Gallery
Stella Richman Women in Gallery
Stevan Rimkus Kenneth
John Salthouse Chauffeur
Joan Sanderson Anthea's Mother
Neville Smith Police Inspector
Liam Staic Brickie
Sian Thomas Marilyn Orton
Richard Wilson Psychiatrist
Bert Parnaby Magistrate
Margaret Tyzack Mme. Lambert
Stephen Bill George Barnett
Selina Cadell Miss Datersby
William Job RADA Chairman
Rosalind Knight RADA Judge
Angus MacKay RADA Judge
Helena Michell Orton's Friend
Sean Pertwee Orton's Friend
Eric Richard Education Officer
Linda Spurrier RADA Instructor
Max Stafford-Clark Honourable President
Charlotte Wodehouse Janet

Technical Credits
Stephen Frears Director
Andrew Brown Producer
Mick Audsley Editor
Alan Bennett Screenwriter
Elaine Carew Makeup
Harry Carroll Songwriter
Philip Elton Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
John Harle Musical Direction/Supervision
Tony Jackson Sound/Sound Designer
Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski Production Designer
Paul McCartney Songwriter
Debbie McWilliams Casting
Stanley Myers Score Composer,Songwriter
Richard Myhill Songwriter
Bob Ringwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Oliver Stapleton Cinematographer
Ann Wingate Production Manager
Michael Zimbrich Asst. Director

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Main Title/Early Days [7:27]
2. Worrywart [6:48]
3. Handholding [6:04]
4. Good Neighbors [6:12]
5. Budding Actor [7:09]
6. Fireworks [4:58]
7. Not in Leicester [6:39]
8. T.S. Eliot's Chair [6:27]
9. Getting the Goods [8:58]
10. Pulling Ahead [6:28]
11. The Cottage [6:39]
12. Meet the Beatle [7:54]
13. Moroccan Holiday [7:27]
14. A Mother's Passing [5:53]
15. A Quick One [5:15]
16. The Chosen/End Credits [9:45]
Side #2 -- Full Screen
1. Main Title/Early Days [7:27]
2. Worrywart [6:48]
3. Handholding [6:04]
4. Good Neighbors [6:12]
5. Budding Actor [7:09]
6. Fireworks [4:58]
7. Not in Leicester [6:39]
8. T.S. Eliot's Chair [6:27]
9. Getting the Goods [8:58]
10. Pulling Ahead [6:28]
11. The Cottage [6:39]
12. Meet the Beatle [7:54]
13. Moroccan Holiday [7:27]
14. A Mother's Passing [5:53]
15. A Quick One [5:15]
16. The Chosen/End Credits [9:45]

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Prick Up Your Ears 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Squirrely0 More than 1 year ago
Awesome movie....Oldman and Molina should have got an Oscar for their great performance! Funny, dramatic, and tragic, all in one movie! Recommend this movie very highly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago