The Dresser

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  • PG
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Release year: 1983
  • Running time: 118 min
The lives and relationships of those within a British traditional touring stage company provide thebackdrop for the five-time Oscar(r) nominee, The Dresser (Best Picture; Best Actor; Best supporting Actor; Best Director; Best Screenplay Adaptation). read more
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The lives and relationships of those within a British traditional touring stage company provide thebackdrop for the five-time Oscar(r) nominee, The Dresser (Best Picture; Best Actor; Best supporting Actor; Best Director; Best Screenplay Adaptation). The Dresser is a compelling study of the intense relationship between the leader of the company and his dresser. Sir (Albert Finney), a grandiloquent old man of the theater, has given his soul to his career, but his tyrannical rule over the companyis now beginning to crack under the strain of age and illness as he prepares for his two-hundred-twenty-seventh performance of King Lear. Sir's fastidious and fiercely dedicated dresser, Norman (TomCourtenay), submits to Sir's frequently unreasonable demands, tends to his health and reminds him of what role he is currently playing. The two men are essential to each other's life. This is a film rich in comedy, compassion and love for theater.

Original Release

12/06/1983

US Release

12/06/1983

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Cast

Directors

Peter Yates

Writers

Ronald Harwood

Cast

Albert Finney Sir
Tom Courtenay Norman
Zena Walker Her Ladyship
Eileen Atkins Madge
Michael Gough Frank Carrington
Edward Fox Oxenby
Ralph G. Morse Man at Station
Cathryn Harrison Irene
Betty Marsden Violet Manning
Sheila Reid Lydia Gibson
Lockwood West Geoffrey Thornton
Donald Eccles Mr. Godstone
Llewellyn Rees Horace Brown
Guy Manning Benton
Anne Blackman Beryl / Beryl (as Anne Mannion)
Kevin Stoney C. Rivers Lane
Ann Way Miss White
John Sharp Mr. Bottomley
Kathy Staff Bombazine Woman
Roger Avon Charles

Producers

Editors

Ray Lovejoy

1984 Oscar Best Picture Nominated
1984 Oscar Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
1984 Oscar Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
1984 Oscar Best Director Nominated
1984 Oscar Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium Nominated
1984 Golden Globe Best Foreign Film Nominated
1984 Golden Globe Best Director - Motion Picture Nominated
1984 Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Won
1984 Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Nominated
1984 Golden Globe Best Screenplay - Motion Picture Nominated
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