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The Entertainer

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Original title
The Entertainer
Running time
97 min.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
John Osborne, Nigel Kneale (Theater: John Osborne)
John Addison
Oswald Morris (B&W)
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Woodfall Production. Distributed by British Lion Film Corporation
Drama | Free Cinema
Synopsis / Plot
Archie Rice, a pathetic music hall comic, plagued by debts, manipulates those around him in a defiant and selfish attempt to survive against improbable odds. He drinks, makes crude philosophical jokes about sex and politics and humiliates his lamenting, gin-soaked wife. Archie lures his father, Billy Rice, out of retirement for a benefit performance which will ultimately bring financial aid to Archie and his impractical investments.
1960: Nominated for Oscar: Best Actor (Laurence Olivier)
1960: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Actor (Laurence Olivier)
1960: BAFTA Awards: 3 Nominations including Best British Actor (Olivier)
1960: Karlovy Vary Internacional Film Festival: Best Actor (Laurence Olivier)
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