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on 24 November 2017
The film is well acted and compelling. BUT! The DVD I received had an absolutely diabolical copy of this film. It was washed out, blurry and suffered from ghosting through-out. I've seen better VHS recordings off the telly. While the film deserves a four star rating there is absolutely no excuse for a multi-national media company palming off customers with such a poor quality copy of this film. The digital era was supposed to offer significant improvements in clarity but instead it has reduced many things to their lowest common denominator. No wonder vinyl has experienced a resurgence.
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on 19 November 2014
Became my favourite film for some time until I read the end of Orton's diaries. Haven't watched it since but I will again because Oldman and Molina are absolutely brilliant. The arrogance of Joe oozes from every pore of Oldman's portrayal. And Halliwell's move from intellectually and emotionally superior into his descent into neediness, madness and, I would say 'paranoia' but I think his worries (not his actions) were quite justified by Joe's behaviour, is absolutely heart-wrenching. And I never turn down a chance to see Julie Walters in anything, even for a few minutes.
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on 12 January 2018
I received this French issued set via an Amazon Marketplace Seller. It was well packed. I had trouble trying to get the English audio to play but I did in the end and it is common with French discs, I am told. This disc has a lot of extras and these include Joe(John) Orton's sister who uses the name Orton. I found the film interesting and I liked it. The film is not for everyone because of the subject matter. Current Churchill actor Gary Oldman is the lead actor. The item was shipped from France and Is Blu Ray/DVD Combo edition with no Area Blu Ray codi9ng. The Amazon site marks it Region A not compatible with UK and Europe. This not so.https://images-eu.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/516nR35tyrL._SS300_.jpg
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on 26 June 2013
Prick Up Your Ears is excellent. Both Gary and Alfred are brilliant in this biographic film. I like Gary Oldman in most of what he has done. A very versitile actor. Made in Britain is a harsh film but entertaining all the same. And Meantime is set in the area I used to live so the scenes of the big block of flats (Fellows Court, if you look closely you can define this on the film), the parade of shops and so on are very familiar to me as I lived nearby some 10 years previous to the filming. Again Gary is brilliant in this as are Phil Daniels and Pam Ferris as the mum......Once again Mike Leigh excels.
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on 14 May 2011
Having read Joe Ortons diaries but having repeatedly missed this film adaptation on its showing on film 4, i decided to look for a copy of the film, the cast in the most part are 'well cast' , but on the whole i felt the film could have spent more time illustrating Joe's life in the broader sense, he and Kenneth Williams were great friends, Joe had been a huge 'pick me up' when Kenneth W. was at his lowest, he( KW) also appeared in the first faild run of loot, though this didn't detract from their friendship, they spent a lot of time together, went on holidays and so on, for me the film focussed on too shorter a span in Joes' life in fact just the last few months before Kenneth Haliwell killed him, the months and years of his life leading up to that point were only briefly touched upon which was a shame!!. Then i feel too much artistic license was used when Haliwell killed 1st Joe, then himself, no one was there yet this whole complicated overly dramatic scene was played out in the film, which was a complete figurement of the imagination of the screenplay author and spoilt what for me was an ok adaptation of a very short period of time in a very talented and subversive characters life!!
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on 1 August 2013
This triple bill gives you three of the best dramas to ever come out of the UK.
Boasting some young talent that went on to dominate TV and cinema here and abroad we have three different but fascinating movies.
Prick Up Your Ears tells the tragic and sometimes hilarious story of the chaotic private and public life of 60's playright Joe Orton, Meantime is a slice of life set in an early 80's council estate in London and Made In Britain is an often shocking snapshot of a young skinhead spiralling out of control.
Stars include Gary Oldman, Tim Roth, Phil Daniels and Alfred Molina.
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on 16 October 2012
The acting is simply superb, but with these cast members, I wouldn't expect any less. The depictions of the characters was faithful and realistic. It gave a genuine insight into the gay scene of the period; just how seedy it had to be because it was still illegal. Of course, it also gave a brilliant insight into the story of Joe Orton, which his sister testified to in the extra features. The ending is shocking and gruesome...a truly dramatic and tragic end of a life.

I would definitely recommend this film not only to those with an interest in Joe Orton, but also to those with any interest in the 60s in general.
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on 11 June 2017
excellent casting, seen years ago on telly but still good to watch and probably a good representation of how things were
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on 5 June 2018
One of the best films ever. Wow, 2 of the finest actors, Gary Oldman, portraying a stunning playwright. and Alfred Molina as his ever suffering lover. Tragic, sad and often very funny.
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on 5 August 2013
This is a reasonably good adaptation to the successful life of the playwright Joe Orton. Although very dark, it does have some excellent comedy moments. Most of the time the film does stick to the facts, but some key issues in his life are missing. Also missing are some of the famous people he socialised with. That said, it is an entertaining film featuring excellent performances from Gary Oldman, Vanessa Redgrave and a treasured cameo with Joan Sanderson.
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