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A Bunch of Amateurs 2008 Subtitles

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4.4 out of 5 stars (70) IMDb 6.1/10
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A sleazy Hollywood agent tricks one of his clients, a faded action star, into playing King Lear in an amateur charity production in London.

Starring:
Charles Durning, Richard James
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 36 minutes
Starring Charles Durning, Richard James, Ty Davies, Imelda Staunton, Burt Reynolds, Tony Jayawardena, Elesia Ennis, Sarah Goldberg, Peter Gunn, Derek Jacobi, Samantha Bond
Director Andy Cadiff
Genres Comedy, Drama
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 27 April 2009
Main languages English
Subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 36 minutes
Starring Charles Durning, Richard James, Ty Davies, Imelda Staunton, Burt Reynolds, Tony Jayawardena, Elesia Ennis, Sarah Goldberg, Peter Gunn, Derek Jacobi, Samantha Bond
Director Andy Cadiff
Genres Comedy, Drama
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 27 April 2009
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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Having read the previous reviews, I was slightly put off. But a friend has a copy and my wife and I watched it recently. What it a surprise - it was a lovely send up of the main character actors as themselves - Burt Reynolds is brilliant, as is Derek Jacobi an Amanda Staunton. The supporting actors are also great support, and we really enjoyed the subtle humour. There is a lot of tongue in cheek interaction, and we felt anyone who has a reasonable sense of humour will enjoy the film. We are purchasing our own copy, as we could watch this film over and over again.We can recommend it
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A good feel factor film that would appeal to most people, but particularly those who have been involved with the amateur theatre. Rather predicable but, very entertaining and with a style and thread of humour that is specifically British rather than the brash overt humour of the US.

Lasting approx 90 mins it spans the arrival of an egocentric American 'big star' to a small amateur dramatic society in England's Stratford St John, as opposed to Stratford on Avon where the star (Burt Reynolds) thinks he's performing.

The big star eventually finds out that the 'real world' isn't so bad after all.

Great performances all round by a cast of very familiar faces.
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There ought to be more films like this one: Close-knit Village life, or is it? Common hobby interest of inhabitants but an undercurrent of rivalries. In this instance we find out a little or a little more about Shakespeare and King Lear. [Perhaps somebody should do the same with other plays of his.] Misunderstandings snowball, The end is in sight, but is it? No, it goes on to stagger to another end in sight, then another and another. A good satire on the tabloid treatment of apparently sexy goings-on. I loved the line when the bailiffs come and the victim says: "A paperless office? This is an officeless office!". Samantha Bond is a gem. The character change in Burt Reynolds as the plot develops is amazing. He looks exactly like my brother in law. I'd like to have seen more about the making of it and longer comments from the players on the Extras reel.
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I was very pleasantly surprised with this film. Burt Reynolds has played a number of comedy roles and this not bad as a one-time star who finds himself (unwittingly) as the lead with a typical am-dram company. I won't give away any more of the plot but will recommend this DVD to those who like good character acting by British stars like Samantha Bond, Imelda Staunton, Peter Gunn and Derek Jacobi.

When it first came out the film was not well received by critics - often a sign that it might be worth seeing. One of the script writers was Ian Hislop (editor of Private Eye and TV 's 'Have i got News for You'). A good and almost believable story line which should really appeal to anyone who has trodden the boards and enjoyed the little rivalries of would-be stage stars.

So whilst not the best ever made this film is worth buying in my opinion.
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Perhaps one of my favourite Sunday afternoon feel-good movies. If you're not laughing you're smiling throughout this comedy set in rural England with a cast of eccentric rural-England village folk. All of which contrasts brilliantly with the stellar performance of an ageing Hollywood once-was-star Burt Reynolds.

Underpinning the dominant of arc of the local village trying to produce King Lear is the usual heart-warming tale - here Reynolds being reunited with his daughter.

And they all lived happily ever-after...but ehy isn't that what you want from a Sunday afternoon movie after the roast?
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Enjoyed a great night in with mates, all in our 40's and 50's, to watch this truly British gem. We had decided it would be cheaper to purchase the DVD from Amazon than all of us pay to go to the cinema 15 miles away to watch it! A wise move by us oldies!!
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A fairly traditional British comedy not far from the classic Ealing traditions- good-humoured, heart-warming, sweet, and witty, without being challenging or holding any real surprises.

Burt Reynolds is excellently typecast is the Hollywood has-been who acts like a wooden post, but it's the rest of the stars- Samantha Bond, Derek Jacobi, and Imelda Staunton in particular- that steal the show.

This movie will put a warm smile on your face, though it might not have you rolling in the aisles. A good family movie.
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What a wonderful, fun movie this is. Conceited movie star thinking he's going to play Lear at the famous Stratford and ends up at another Stratford. Not an original plot in itself but so well worked with all the usual British humour, irony, quips, you name it, as well as heartwarming performances from all the perfectly cast characters. Don't miss it!
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