Dresser

Dresser

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Director: Peter Yates

Cast: Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay, Edward Fox

     
 

Nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, The Dresser centers on the affectionate relationship between a stage actor and his dresser, working in a touring company of King Lear against the backdrop of an England ravaged by war. Based on a play by Ronald Harwood, the film is presented on this modest DVD. Transferred in the widescreenSee more details below

Overview

Nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, The Dresser centers on the affectionate relationship between a stage actor and his dresser, working in a touring company of King Lear against the backdrop of an England ravaged by war. Based on a play by Ronald Harwood, the film is presented on this modest DVD. Transferred in the widescreen format, The Dresser features its English soundtrack in Dolby Digital Stereo. Optional English subtitles are also provided.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
In this 1983 Peter Yates film, Albert Finney turns in one of the best performances of his distinguished career. He plays "Sir," the tyrannical manager and lead actor of a touring Shakespearean company that continues to perform during bombing raids against England during World War II. One day after a staging of King Lear, Finney makes an unsettling discovery: His own life strangely parallels the tragic life of Lear, the self-centered monarch who isolates himself with his pride, arrogance, and arbitrary demands. Like Lear, Finney realizes late in life that he is "as full of grief as age; wretched in both." He seeks solace in alcohol. But the show must go on, and it is Finney's backstage assistant, Norman Tom Courtenay, who gives him the heart to persevere. Norman is the "dresser," the liegeman who does everything for Sir -- from helping him into his costumes and reminding him of his lines to steeling him against stagefright and fear of failure. He is like Lear's jester -- listening, advising, warning, and sometimes irritating his master. Sir needs Norman. Norman needs Sir. And as the concussion of German bombs shakes the theatre, Finney rages across the theatre stage as an angry Lear while Norman creates backstage thunder by pounding on drums and rattling a sheet of metal. The audience watches in thrall, thumbing their noses at Hitler for a chance to experience Shakespeare. The Oscar nominations the film earned -- for best picture, best director, best actor (Finney and Courtenay), and best screenplay (Ronald Harwood) -- were well deserved.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/06/2004
UPC:
0043396037465
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:58:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Albert Finney Sir
Tom Courtenay Norman
Edward Fox Oxenby
Zena Walker Her Ladyship
Eileen Atkins Madge
Michael Gough Frank Carrington
Cathryn Harrison Irene
Betty Marsden Violet Manning
Sheila Reid Lydia Gibson
Lockwood West Geoffrey Thornton
Christopher Atkins Actor
Paul Luty Stallkeeper
Alan Starkey Train Guard
Donald Eccles Mr. Godstone
Llewellyn Rees Horace Brown
Guy Manning Benton
Kevin Stoney C. Rivers Lane
Ann Way Miss White
John Sharp Mr. Bottomley
Kathy Staff Bombazine Woman
Roger Avon Charles
Stuart Richman Evelyn's Friend
Joe Belcher Arthur

Technical Credits
Peter Yates Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Andy Armstrong Asst. Director
Alan Boyle Makeup
David John & the Mood Sound/Sound Designer
Colin Grimes Art Director
Stephen B. Grimes Production Designer
Ronald Harwood Producer,Screenwriter
James Horner Score Composer
Ray Lovejoy Editor
Josie MacAvin Set Decoration/Design
H. Nathan Costumes/Costume Designer
Bermans and Nathans Costumes/Costume Designer
Kelvin Pike Cinematographer
Nigel Wooll Associate Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [:24]
2. Othello [2:54]
3. A Very Low State [11:53]
4. The Show Must Go On [6:30]
5. The Air Raid Warning [34:23]
6. King Lear [5:07]
7. The Rainmakers [3:20]
8. To Sir, with Love [7:40]
9. Final Act [13:16]
10. Curtain Call [8:21]
11. A Short Death Scene [2:32]
12. "What About Me?" [2:36]

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