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A Chorus Of Disapproval [1988) [DVD] [2007]

Jeremy Irons , Anthony Hopkins , Michael Winner    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jeremy Irons, Anthony Hopkins, Richard Briers, Barbara Ferris, Gareth Hunt
  • Directors: Michael Winner
  • Writers: Michael Winner, Alan Ayckbourn
  • Producers: Michael Winner, Ron Purdie
  • Format: Full Screen, PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Slam Dunk Media
  • DVD Release Date: 7 May 2007
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000P2XMZ8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,023 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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CHORUS OF DISSAPROVAL Out 7th May 2007 Following the death of his wife, Guy Jones (Jeremy Irons) is moved by his company to a sleepy seaside town, where, faced with knowing no-one and nights of boredom in front of the TV, he decides to join the local amateur dramatics society. He is enthusiastically welcomed by eccentric Welsh Director, Dafydd (Anthony Hopkins), but it is not long before Guy realizes that the action on stage is nothing compared with the jealousy, suspicion and seduction that carries on when rehearsals are finished! Written by acclaimed playwright Alan Ayckbourn, A Chorus Of Disapproval is a star-studded and nostalgically comic look at British Provincial life that evokes warm memories of eating fish and chips by the sea in the never-ending drizzle. A perfect heart-warming tale with some fantastic performances that is guaranteed to leave you chuckling long after the curtain has come down.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated 2 Oct 2009
By Karvala TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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At first glance, it may be tempting to dismiss this as a small ensemble-drama-by-numbers. The director Michael Winner is immensely unfashionable amongst movie goers, and that alone is enough to put many people off; others who are aware of the director's reputation may certainly find an ostensible lack of subtly in keeping with his reptuation. But don't be fooled; this is a masterpiece in miniature, and contains nuance a plenty for the observant viewer. The cast is splendid; Jeremy Irons displaying a charming British naivety to perfection, Anthony Hopkins hamming up his Welsh roots, Prunella Scales displaying an unusual vulnerability, Jenny Seagrove revelling in a seductive turn, Richard Briers with a masterfully understated pathos, and that's not even mentioning half of them. The movie may not appeal to everyone; it's overt cosiness, from the setting (small community theatre in small pretty seaside town) to the lighting (an omnipresent soft warm glow) will irritate some people, but if you can embrace that, then you will adore this. It certainly stands up to the test of repeated viewing, and it will remain in the back of your mind long after you've finished watching it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a gem 22 May 2011
By Mrs VINE VOICE
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This is a shining example of the kind of play which British writers excelled at in the 1970's and 80's. This is a filmed version of a stage play and one can see the scenes and the set pieces, but for all that it is a delightful gem featuring some of the best of British theatre.
The cast for a start is simply first class - Hopkins, Briars, Scales and Irons among a select group. they interact brilliantly, pulling off a tour de force which is at times very funny and at others deeply sad.
If you like these very British essays on the way we really live in this country with our silly class divisions and neuroses, then you will appreciate this charming and delightful film.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars chorus of approval. 18 Oct 2010
Format:DVD
A Chorus Of Disapproval [1988) [DVD] [2007] Top class cast but Antony Hopkins shines. Featured players add their own special talents to this rather frothy movie. Those expecting to see Jeremy Irons in a somewhet dramatic role will be very surprised as his comedic talents are very obvious and he makes a good fist of the role. Among the supporting roles Jenny Seagrove is very much out of character in this comedy for those used to her performance in the Judge John Deed TV series. The rest of the cast perform their roles with enthusiam as part of the ensemble group. I could not help comparing this movie with the Christopher Reeve one "Noises Off', which in my opinion was far superior. Nevertheless for anyone wanting to see Hopking, Irons & seagrove in comedic roles together with actors used to comedy such as Scales, Kensit and Briers this is certainly a movie to watch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sad comedy 1 Mar 2009
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After watching this film I realized there was not much opportunity to laugh unless you like the predictable slapstick-like women fighting over a boy/man scenes. Apart from these scenes the story was almost sad. I love the major plays by Alan Ayckbourn and find it hard to get any on dvd. This is not my favourite but the filmed version did not put me off. Good acting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Chorus of Disapproval 9 Feb 2011
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Excellent film set in Scarborough with loads of famous Actors what a refreshing change to watch a British Local Film a nice break from the continous American stuff.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars loved it all 30 May 2009
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although many give poor reviews for this I just loved it, funny,sad moving with some great performances by British actors, Jeromy Irons practicing his part as crook finger Jack, Anthony Hopkins the producer of the local playhouse, Prunella Scales his wife a sad very appealing character and a musical score to match.
Wonderful ending what more could anyone need
We have watched this over and over again and always love it
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great entertainment 22 Mar 2009
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very enjoyable film... great character representations... anthony hopkins provides a very real and powerful performance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Chorus of Disapproval 21 Jun 2014
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This is one of my favourite films - an hilarious adaptation of an Aykbourn play with a stunningly talented cast - Anthony Hopkins playing the Welsh director of the theatre company is so brilliant it defies description and there are wonderful cameos from the supporting cast.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Gift
This was specifically requested as a Christmas gift but I have not seen it myself so I cannot comment further,
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. Kathryn G. Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars NEver a good idea
To cast a quiet man as a hero. Tad dreary; full of creaky theatricality -it works in the theatre because it is not 'realistic'; to turn it into a documentary style film was a... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mr. David Titley
1.0 out of 5 stars Chorus of definate disapproval!
How can an Alan Ackbourne production with a cast as good as this, be so utterly boring and amateurish? We kept waiitng for it to start and it never did. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Waggsie
5.0 out of 5 stars Jeremy irons and Anthony Hopkins
Funny film , bit of a downer but good old British made film ,postage quick ,would watch for the second time
Published 5 months ago by Samantha 1971
5.0 out of 5 stars A Chorus of Disapproval
Anthony Hopkins is brilliant in this film and the rest of the cast carry out their roles with similar effect. Read more
Published 6 months ago by CrazyCrochets
1.0 out of 5 stars Caveat emptor
One supposes that this film was meant to be black comedy. Alas, it fails in this and in all endeavors. It's a bomb: unfunny, absurd, dull, and embarrassing. Read more
Published 10 months ago by C.A. Arthur
2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious rubbish
It's difficult to find twenty words to describe this film. A Ray Cooney farce without the doors? A film more amateurish than the amateurs it purports to send up? Read more
Published 15 months ago by Bensontheboxer
4.0 out of 5 stars good Christmas viewing
was slightly disappointing as did not quite live up to our memory of seeing this film many years ago, but still well worth watching and Anthony Hopkins gives a beautiful... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mrs. A. M. Jones
1.0 out of 5 stars Disaster!
Alas, despite being part written by the author this filmed version is a total disaster.
None of the humour, pathos or passion come over, the pace is leaden, not helped by an... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Christopher R. Cherry
1.0 out of 5 stars hasn't arrived and I've paid extra for the next day service!!!!!
hasn't arrived and I've paid extra for the next day service!!!!!
Raging!!!
Rip off service - and won't be using again
Published on 3 May 2012 by N. Phillips
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