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Dresser [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Albert Finney , Tom Courtenay , Peter Yates    DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay, Edward Fox, Zena Walker, Eileen Atkins
  • Directors: Peter Yates
  • Writers: Ronald Harwood
  • Producers: Peter Yates, Nigel Wooll, Ronald Harwood
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 6 April 2004
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001BRSRQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 443,402 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Show Must Go On... 11 Aug 2004
What do you get when you mix some of the UK's cinema greats such as Tom Courtenay, Albert Finney, Edward Fox and Eileen Atkins? A film to make you laugh, cry and feel just a little uneasy. The story centre's on an ageing Shakesperian actor/manager (Finney) and his company in war torn Britain of the 1940's. In an era when, in the middle of an air raid, the addage of "the show must go on" we see the curtain rise on a production of King Lear. The touring company stage a different Shakespeare play everynight and pivotal to Finney's character is the rather camp Norman (Courtenay)who is the dresser to the leading man known to all (without exception) as "Sir". Norman has served Sir for years and knows every intimate detail about him. To compliment Norman's mothering of Sir is the rather more down to earth Madge (Atkins) who has served Sir and the company as stage manage for more years than she would care to mention. When it is obvious to all, except Norman, that Sir is loosing his mind it is to the ever resourceful Madge whom everyone turns to.
There are no particular twist or turns to this story - that is not the point of it - what it is is a masterpiece of pathos, comedy and tragedy : reflecting the essence of the plays they perform.
The disc is a good print with language options and scene selections only and has a worthy place in anyone's collection of British cinema.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Pleasant Surprise 17 Nov 2006
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It is wartime in England. A visiting troupe of actors is to give a performance of "King Lear" in a town in the provinces but the director and leading actor is mentally at the end of his tether. His Dresser wants the show to go on at all costs while the Stage Manager is much more reticent...I had never much appreciated Finney before but this performance in a play by Sir Donald Wolfit's former dresser suits him perfectly: it is an outstanding impersonation of the often grandiloquent, pompous and hammy Wolfit, who was also, at his best, a great actor, despite his rather awful troupe.

Finney and Courtenay (an actor I have always liked), in the role of the actor's dresser, strike sparks off one another and the result is deeply moving, a sort of meditation on the failures and rewards of a lifetime's devotion to the theatre as death approaches.

The wartime atmosphere and the theatres of "Old England" are beautifully caught and the courage and tenacity of the characters in the theatre is a paradigm of the general mood in Britain at that time. It is also fascinating to observe the tensions behind the scenes between members of the troupe over whether or not the show will go on. I should add that this is a work of fiction and not a biography: Sir Donald Wolfit did not die until twenty years after the war and was in full control of his faculties to the end. I bought this for a friend - now I'm wishing I had bought it for myself!

P.S. Four years later, I did indeed buy a second copy of this DVD - for myself this time.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dresser 9 Dec 2005
This is a brilliant film. The acting by Finney and Courtenay is superb, as is the screenplay by Ronald Harwood. As well as a funny and deep drama, it's also a fascinating look into the world of touring theatre companies of the wartime period. We watch this film several times a year!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two of England's finest actors 17 Jun 2009
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Based on Ronald Harwood's play, this is the story of the relationship between 'Sir' the tragi/comic actor manager played superbly by Albert Finney and 'Norman' his effete 'dresser' brought to glorious life by Tom Courtney. The film follows 'Sir's' disparate band of players as they tour the provinces during the second world war-(as Harwood himself had done as dresser to Sir Donald Wolfit). War has ravaged the theatres and actors are scarce. The troupe must make do with old 'hams' and unfit character players as they take Shakespeare to the masses. The relationship between 'Sir' and 'Norman' is built upon grudging love as each relies upon the other, the actor needing his dresser to fit him for the stage, the dresser needing the actor to merely exist. Both hark back to better times and both have the selfishness which comes from dependency. the one cannot exist without the other yet both have delusions of grandeur. Courtney is wonderfully mincing as Norman, spiteful, creeping, jealous and caring in equal measure. It is a tour de force from one of our finest actors. Finney makes 'Sir' a figure of pathos yet one never forgets how powerful he must once have been as an actor. Finney too slips into his role with ease. The supporting cast including Zena Walker, Edward Fox and Michael Gough are stellar. A very fine film. The howl of pain uttered by Courtney at the end of the film is heart wrenching as you realise that despite his protestations of 'friends' he really is a very lonely individual whose reason to live is 'Sir'. A very 'English' film which could only be made with English actors. It was a tragedy that neither Finney or Courtney received Oscars for their performances. Great movie. Shows we still beat anyone hands down when it comes to talent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 5 July 2014
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An excellent product and very fast delivery
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 23 Mar 2014
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great story based on Sir Donald Wolfit the great actor brilliantly acted but Tom Courtney but the honours have to go to Albert Finney ,he is amazing 10 plus stars and supported by a fantastic cast
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
This is nothing less than a must see and see again film. Forone who spent his working life in the Theatre, it show's back stage as it was...and to a great extent still is.
Published 8 months ago by A. Buyer.
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of British
An immensely funny Tour de Force from two of the best British actors ever to grace the screen, but how can you lose with a script like this.
Published 9 months ago by David s
3.0 out of 5 stars Fine performances in an aged movie.
This movie is somehow a little bit aged. Fine performances by a strong cast, but - yes - dated. Would like to see this as a stage performance.
Published 9 months ago by Pit
5.0 out of 5 stars highly recommended
You just can't go wrong with an Albert Finney film. The story line is so interesting and different. One to watch again and again.
Published 12 months ago by Ms. J. E. Vesey
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This film is right up there with 'Withnail and I', it is a brilliant film. I recommend it to anyone who appreciates acting at its finest.
Published 13 months ago by Sally
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Film Based on a Good Play
I like this film because it is based on a quality scenario, and I also appreciate the all-star cast with the excellent perfomance of Albert Finney.
Published 13 months ago by Jindrich
4.0 out of 5 stars present
Product bought for my grandma.

The item was delivered really quickly and my grandma really loved it.
I think it was very reasonably priced.
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars a brilliant wonderful moving film i
Excellent film , great acting and a very moving especially if like me you are in show biz- both ,ain men were ;amazing
Published 15 months ago by atarah ben-tovim
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