Prick Up Your Ears (1987)


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1h 51min
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Gary Oldman
Joe Orton
Alfred Molina
Kenneth Halliwell
Vanessa Redgrave
Peggy Ramsay
Frances Barber
Leonie Orton
Lindsay Duncan
Anthea Lahr
Julie Walters
Elsie Orton
Janet Dale
Mrs. Sugden
Dave Atkins
Mr Sugden
Garry Cooper
Mr. Sloane Actor
Sean Pertwee
Orton's Friends
Helena Michell
Orton's Friends
Selina Cadell
Miss Battersby
Richard Wilson
Karl Johnson
Douglas Orton
David Bradley
Joan Sanderson
Anthea's Mother
Neville Smith
Police Inspector
David Cardy
Brian Epstein
Margaret Tyzack
Madame Lambert
James Grant
William Orton
Eric Richard
Education Officer
William Job
RADA Chairman
Angus MacKay
RADA Judge
Bert Parnaby
Anthony Douse
BBC Actor 2
John Kane
Joanne Connelly
Stage Manager
Philippa Davies
Peggy Ramsey's Secretary
Julie Legrand
Gallery Owner
Jane Blackburn
Woman in Gallery
Stella Richman
Woman in Gallery 2
Jonny Phillips
Youth Outside Lavatory
Richard Ireson
Man Outside Lavatory
Ahmed Elgheur
Moroccan Boy 1
Moktar Dagmouni
Moroccan Boy 2
Sian Thomas
Marilyn Orton
Stephen Bill
George Barnett
Max Stafford-Clark
Awards Chairman
Simon Adams
Undertaker's Boy
Mark Brignal
Beatle's Chauffeur
Robin Hooper
Mortuary Attendant
Mark Brignal
Beatles Chauffeur
Derek Jarman
Patrick Proktor


Stephen Frears directs this biographical drama focusing on controversial British playwright Joe Orton, revealed in flashback after his murder by lover Kenneth Halliwell. Born in 1933 in Leicester, in the English Midlands, John 'Joe' Orton moves to London in 1951, to study at RADA, and enjoys an openly gay relationship with Halliwell in their famous Islington flat in the 1960s. However, when Orton achieves spectacular success with such plays as 'What the Butler Saw' and 'Loot', Halliwell begins to feel alienated and the pair's future looks increasingly uncertain.

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