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The Entertainer (1960)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Jun 19, 2001

Running Time
1 hour, 36 minutes

Country UK

Studio Continental

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Other Titles
• The Entertainer



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Genre: Drama, Psychodrama, Showbiz, Infidelity

Plot: Laurence Olivier shocked audiences accustomed to seeing him in Shakespeare or period romances when he joined forces with the two defining figures of Great Britain's Angry Young Man cadre, director Tony Richardson and playwright John Osborne, by starring as third-rate vaudevillian Archie Rice in the latter's lacerating play. The arrogant, hypocritical, and lecherous performer is playing out the remainder of his days leading a revue at a moribund seaside resort. In the pathetic quality of his singing, acting, and humor, the declining Archie is clearly intended by its author as a symbol of post-WWII England. Yet he still has enough energy to make life as miserable for his family as it is for him. He cajoles his son, Frank (Alan Bates), into volunteering to fight in Suez, against his will; bilks his dying father for the budget for his next show; and cheats on his alcoholic wife, Phoebe (Brenda de Banzie), with beauty contest winner Tina Lapford (Shirley Anne Field). When his daughter arrives unexpectedly, Archie is forced to face the fabric of deceit he has created to survive. Olivier leads a stellar cast in this still-unsettling film, playing the repellent Archie with memorable intensity.

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 Directed by
Tony Richardson
The Hotel New Hampshire, Blue Sky, Tom Jones
 Written by
Nigel Kneale
Quatermass and the Pit, First Men in the Moon, The Quatermass Xperiment
John Osborne
Tom Jones
 Cast
Joan Plowright
Last Action Hero, Bringing Down the House, Dinosaur
Albert Finney
Traffic, Big Fish, Ocean's Twelve
Laurence Olivier
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Brenda De Banzie
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Roger Livesey
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Alan Bates
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Daniel Massey
Victory, Scandal, Bad Timing
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 Music By
John Addison
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