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The Dresser


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Adapted by its author from his award-winning play, this richly compelling work is set in wartime Britain. Albert Finney stars as a grandiloquent and boorish actor-manager having trouble keeping his company on the road. Tom Courtenay repeats his original stage success as the long-suffering, outrageously camp 'dresser' and assistant to the great man. The film was chosen as the Royal Film in 1984 and received considerable critical acclaim at home and abroad for its comic and compassionate view of life offstage.
Screenplay by RONALD HARWOOD Produced and directed by PETER YATES
0 FILMS: page 26


Unknown: Tom Courtenay
Unknown: Ronald Harwood
Directed By: Peter Yates
'Sir': Albert Finney
Norman: Tom Courtenay
Oxenby: Edward Fox
Her Ladyship: Zena Walker
Madge: Eileen Atkins
Frank Carrington: Michael Gough
Irene: Cathryn Harrison
Violet Manning: Betty Marsden
Lydia Gibson: Sheila Reid
Geoffrey Thornton: Lockwood West
Mr Godstone: Donald Eccles
Horace Brown: Llewellyn Rees
Benton: Guy Manning
Beryl: Anne Mannion
C Rivers Lane: Kevin Stoney

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