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The Entertainer

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • 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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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1002060

  • Credits
    Laurence Olivier, Laurence Olivier, Laurence Olivier, Joan Plowright, Alan Bates, Albert Finney, Brenda De Banzie, Brenda de Banzie, Brenda deBanzie, Daniel Massey, Shirley Ann Field, Thora Hird, Thora Hird, Miriam Karlin, Geoffrey Toone, Anthony Oliver
  • Critic Reviews
    "...A cultural event of the first importance....There is much to recommend in this movie..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...Laurence Olivier delivered an Oscar-nominated performance as the seedy show-biz small-timer in this adaptation of John Osborne's play..."
    USA Today

    "Laurence Olivier gives a coruscating study in decline and fall."
    Total Film

    "[In this film] Laurence Olivier gave one of the most astonishing, terrifying performances of his career..."
    Wall Street Journal

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