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Prick Up your Ears

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Original title
Prick Up your Ears
Running time
110 min.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Alan Bennett (Biography: John Lahr)
Stanley Myers
Oliver Stapleton
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Zenith Productions / Civilhand
Drama | Gay & Lesbian. 1960s
Synopsis / Plot
This unadorned biography of playwright Joe Orton (Gary Oldman) charts his bawdy, dangerous relationships. Alfred Molina plays Orton's brutish lover, Kenneth Halliwell, a pathetic figure who becomes horrific and then tragic before the film is over. The hilarity of scenes from such Orton plays as Loot and What the Butler Saw is evenly balanced by the bleakness of the playwright's tormented (and tormenting) off-stage existence, which ended suddenly at age 34 with half a dozen blows to the head from a hammer. Prick Up Your Ears is based on the book by theater critic John Lahr, who is played in the film by Wallace Shawn. (Hal Erickson: All Movie Guide)
1987: Cannes Film Festival: Official Selection - Nominated to Golden Palm
1987: Golden Globes: Nominated Best Supporting Actress (Vanessa Redgrave)
1987: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Supporting Actress (Vanessa Redgrave)
1987: BAFTA: 3 Nominations, including Best Actor (Vanessa Redgrave)
1987: Independent Spirit Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Film
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