17 March 2013

Prick Up Your Ears


Prick Up Your Ears (1987)
  • Director: Stephen Frears
  • Based on Book: by Allan Bennett and John Lahr
  • Cast: Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina, Vanessa Redgrave, Frances Barber, Julie Walters
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor/actress in:
    • Gary Oldman: Harry Potter, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Sid and Nancy, Léon, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Bok of Eli, The Dark Knight, The Scarlet Letter, Immortal Beloved, Romeo Is Bleeding, True Romance, Dracula, Nil by Mouth (director)
    • Alfred Molina: An Education, Chocolat, Frida, As You Like It
    • Vanessa Redgrave: Atonement, Girl Interrupted, The Cradle Will Rock, Lulu on the Bridge, Smilla’s Sense of Snow, Howards End, The Ballad of the Sad Café, Playing for Time, Oh What a Lovely War, Isadora, Camelot
    • Frances Barber: Friday Night Dinner, Hustle, Twelfth Night
    • Julie Walters: Billy Elliot, Educating Rita, Mamma Mia, Harry Potter, Driving Lessons, Wah-Wah, Titanic Town
  • Why bought: Julie Walters and Gary Oldman
  • Seen: November 25, 2012


This was a totally unknown film for me.  I searched for Julie Walters which I do now and then to see what’s available. If I had found it through Gary Oldman I would have taken it too.
I had no idea what to expect and it took awhile to get into it.  Goldman is always perfect, Julie Walters was there all of two minutes buy also perfect, also as always. In fact the whole cast was excellent and after getting to know the characters – especially the leads, Oldman and Molina – in their attempts to make it in the theater world while dealing with the sordidness of a society that makes their relationship illegal – the movie deepened.  Oldman played the cheeky rebellious working class boy turned celebrated playwright Joe Osten (of whom I had never heard) and Molina, his lover and muse and a total failure, jealous of Osten’s success.  The tragic end comes as a shock and hours later I was still saddened by the fate of these two men.
An odd but compelling movie.

A strong 3 ½ * of 5, mostly for the acting.

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