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Plot: Cecily, Reggie, and Wilfred are in a home for retired musicians. Every year, on October 10, there is a concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday and they take part. Jean, who used to be married to Reggie, arrives at the home and disrupts their equilibrium. She still acts like a diva, but she refuses to sing. Still, the show must go on... and it does. Runtime: 98 mins Release Date: 29 Feb 2012
A Rare gem, truly a masterpiece!!!!!!!!! (by sevavsnaruto)
I saw this in Savannah Film Festival , with a crowd that was averaging 50 and above. Everybody was laughing through out the whole picture, when I came out of the theater everybody only said nice things about it, I have never seen so many old people come out of a theater so happy!!!Please see this film, NO MATTER WHAT AGE YOU ARE. People don't make movies for such a demographic, or at least rarely, this movie quite frankly made me weep, laugh, and have a range of feeling that I have not experience from any picture released this year! Some moments hit you hard man, real hard, you might be <more>
laughing one scene and then the next scene you just realized that the 'thumb up' from one old man to the next gives chills on how life can end at any moment and at any time.Dustin Hoffman, my man, you have made many people, many seniors of this country really happy, you have done what most always want but never will.Thank You, to the cast and to the crew!!!!!
Strong, subtle, moving - just beautiful (by jennysquib)
It isn't often one can say "I loved every moment", but for this film it's true! Never for an instant does Dustin Hoffman stray into overwrought drama, mawkishness or bathos: his direction is restrained and subtle, there is humour a-plenty, yet the film packs a powerful emotional punch. And with a cast like that, how could he lose? And that's not just the stars, although they create wonderfully satisfying characters: the "minor" characters are also perfectly realised. Plus, the settings!!!! I felt like rushing off to make a booking at Beecham's for my old <more>
age! With such a great ensemble cast we are well-served, though for me, Pauline Collins was a stand-out - funny and so touching. I think I'd like to see it again.
There are two obvious reasons to see this film. One is that it's Dustin Hoffman's directing debut. The other is that any film with Billy Connolly, Tom Courtenay, Maggie Smith and Michael Gambon is very unlikely to be less than very good.As it turns out, the film - set in a retirement home for classical musicians - is simply perfect: touching and amusing from the start, with generous but judicious doses of lovely music, shifting gears in an in-obtrusively sure-footed way. Billy Connolly who was once a presence in my local hang-out is about as close to his real self here as in any <more>
part I've seen him play: ribald, mischievous and large-hearted; the shameless jokester and flirt you nonetheless know you can always depend on. Courtenay is heart-rendingly endearing from the start, in the most quiet, under-stated way. Maggie Smith shows far more range than her now- stock Grande Dame parts usually allow her, including an unaccustomed vulnerability and a charming exercise, at one moment, of calculated yet shy girlish charm.As one would expect from a director who is a great actor himself, the palette of characters here is vividly and colorfully incarnated by actors who are often memorable even in the most minor parts.The music is both respectfully and affectionately integrated throughout, moving from noble classical pieces to a cheerful bit of music hall. And is paid a surprising homage in the credits, which continue the film's nod to age and accomplishment well past its not very surprising but still satisfying end.Very few viewers, by the way, will sense the echos here - but no more - of a lovely French film from 1935 about a retirement home for actors: "La Fin du Jour":http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0031309/combinedRonald Harwood "The Pianist", "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly", etc tells a very different story, but anyone who enjoys this one and understands enough French should certainly seek out the older film with the great Michel Simon .
In Dustin's debut, not a single false note (by richard-1967)
What remarkable good fortune that Dustin Hoffman chose this Ronald Harwood play and screenplay for his directorial debut at age 75. This is a movie for actors, and there are many terrific performances in this wonderful ensemble piece about the residents of a home for aging musicians, which we saw at our movie preview club.But the warmth of the story - the vibrancy of the seniors playing string quartets and practicing their cellos and clarinets, their friendships, annoyances, disappointments, and even loves - marks this film as something very special.Hoffman has taken a beautiful English <more>
estate and turned it into a world of music filled with well-drawn and compelling characters: the woman with advancing dementia who relishes the CD of her performing Rigoletto 40 years ago; the flirtatious Wilf, whose "advances" towards the women on staff are never offensive and always charming; the aging diva - the always wonderful Maggie Smith - who is horrified by the thought that by moving in her life is over.The best drawn and in my mind, played character is Wilf's best friend Reggie, who doesn't get Wilf's preferential treatment but has a quiet dignity and love of his life and his art that quietly shines through. His scene teaching students by comparing opera and rap may be this film's best. Reggie is played by one of the most underrated and powerful British actors of his time, the estimable Tom Courtenay. It's hard to believe it's been 50 years since he starred as a 25-year-old in The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Runner. In a performance of grace, nuance, and elegance, Courtenay outshines even Maggie Smith. Perhaps he's inspired by working again from a Harwood screenplay; it was Harwood who wrote The Dresser, an excellent 1983 vehicle for Courtenay and Albert Finney.One more note: Finney was apparently supposed to play the Wilf role, but unfortunately was not up to it health-wise. But comedian Billy Connolly's performance is just splendid.See this movie!
Quite enjoyable and in some ways a bit like "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel". (by MartinHafer)
Warning: Despite the name being the same, this has no relation to the film by Somerset Maugham.After the success of "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel", I assume that some producers thought to try to replicate the film's success. This might explain why both films are about groups of British retirees and star Maggie Smith--and why both came out only about a year apart.The film occurs in Britain at a place called Beecham House--a retirement home for musical artists. The residents are planning their annual Verdi's Birthday Celebration Benefit and the oldsters are rehearsing. Then, <more>
into this relatively calm environment comes one woman--one woman whose presence upsets everything. This diva Maggie Smith is completely self-absorbed but what's worse, she's the ex-wife of one of the people who planned on performing at this event. Much of the film is a character study of this woman as well as the influence she has on everyone. Much of the film also is a study of life for the aging--their ups and downs.While this plot is quite simple, the film manages to work very well because the acting is so darned nice. The four leads from the quartet, Smith, Tom Courtnay, Billy Connolly and Pauline Collins are just marvelous. Much of this is due to their fine acting and the writing and much must be the result of the direction by first-time director Dustin Hoffman yes, THAT one . He seemed to have a real deft eye. Plus, the music really helped--both seeing operatic songs sung by actual retired opera stars and the incidental music. I don't even like opera but found myself pulled into the story by the music. Well done all around and a film for folks willing to fore go explosions and high drama for excellent acting and an enjoyable story.
I don't usually feel moved to write a review, so this is a first. A Maggie Smith film is always a must-see for me and she didn't disappoint in this delightful film. However, despite masterful performances from her, Courtenay, Connolly, Gambon and the rest of the cast, it was Pauline Collins who stole the whole film with her perfectly judged portrayal of the increasingly fragile, yet determined, Cissy. Collins deserves a Best Actress award for this. Dustin Hoffman chose the perfect story for his first film as director. Funny and poignant. He cleverly avoided having the Quartet sing <more>
whilst somehow making you believe they could if they had to. The location was breathtakingly beautiful; the camera-work was perfect. I especially liked the nice touch during the end credits when we saw the old photographs and professional history of the real musicians who played residents of the home. I shall be going to see this film again.
"Quartet" is the filmization of Ronald Harwood's 1999 play with the screenplay by the author. The story is set in a retirement home for musicians named for Sir Thomas Beecham. Plans are underway for the annual concert fundraiser to coincide with Verdi's birthday. Heading the gala committee is Cedric played by Michael Gambon. Kudos to Mr. Gambon for rocking the caftan like no one since George Zucco in "Tarzan and the Mermaids". One of Cedric's committee members is soprano Cissy played by the delightful Pauline Collins. Cissy is a "getting worse" in <more>
that her memory is failing. Her old stage partner Wilfred is the resident naughty man of the home played by Billy Connolly in his familiar raucous way. Wilfred delights in flirting outrageously with all the women and needling Cedric. The more sedate Reg played by Tom Courtenay came to the home to check on Wilf who had been admitted after a slight stroke. Here Reg found his niche in caring for his friends and holding classes for young people.Into this garden spot comes a new resident, a noted opera star played by Maggie Smith. Jean is known to all and her appearance is less than appreciated by her former husband Reg. Her arrival shakes up his whole existence. There is also another "star" in residence brilliantly cast with Dame Gweneth Jones. The dagger-like looks that flash between the two divas, when the term meant more than demanding behavior, is worth the price of admission.Jean's adjustment to the retirement home and a crisis with the annual gala are the concerns of the present. Reg's torment over the presence of his lost love makes old wounds fresh. Life is definitely not retiring in this home because, as Cissy is fond of quoting Bette Davis' remark, "old age is not for sissies".Director Hoffman gives us many quiet moments to observe the entire ensemble as life swirls around the preparations for the all-important concert. We get to know the patient piano teacher/accompanist, the old song and dance men, the lifelong choristers, the pit musicians and the staff of the home, along with our "quartet". I laughed, I cried, I laughed again, and I cared. Highly recommended.
I cried tears of joy at the end of this wonderful movie. The acting, the sets, the country side and most of all, the story. This comedy-drama revolves around a home for retired musicians, patterned after the real-life Casa di Riposo per Musicisti founded by Giuseppe Verdi. The annual concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday is disrupted by the arrival of Jean, an eternal diva and the former wife of one of the residents. Maggie Smith is a remarkable actor, and she is at her finest here. Michael Gambon has the most intense air about him, Pauline Collins is a delight to watch and, of course, <more>
Bill Connolly is a wee bit over the top here, though a delight to watch as well. This is a beautiful story, told by many talented actors and it deserves to be seen. Brava!
'Waiting In The Wings' With Crochets (by writers_reign)
Though this is a fine film - as my rating of 8 out of 10 reflects - I'm a little teed off at all the kudos being tossed in Ronald Harewood's direction and I'd like to remind the guilty parties that Noel Coward wrote a much better play than Harewood can ever aspire to in 1960. It was called Waiting In The Wings - a clever play on words; The 'Wings' was the name of a Retirement Home for actors and in a theatre the wings are where the actors wait for their cue. Harewood has merely 'borrowed' Coward's premise and attempted to avoid plagiarism charges by making his <more>
Beecham House a Retirment Home for Singers and Musicians. Not good enough, Ronnie old son, you really should do better. Even Coward was 'borrowing' in 1960 because in 1939 Julien Duvivier directed a great movie entitled La Fin du jour set in a Retirement Home for Actors and, what is more, a home in danger of closing for lack of funds as is Harewood's Beecham House . That to one side Quartet remains a fine film, first time director Dustin Hoffman clearly knows when to shout 'Action' and when to shout 'Cut' and manage to fill the space in between the two with interesting compositions and dialogue. The supporting players are first rate, of the four leads Billy Connolly tries a tad too hard to portray the outrageous but lovable-with-it rogue; it's almost there but alas, Connolly doesn't do 'charm', an essential ingredient. Maggie Smith phones in her Downton Abbey persona, Pauline Collins is adequate but leaving them all for dead is Tom Courtenay, who can and does say more when he says nothing than all the other three principals in full spate. This is the second time Mr. Courtenay has moved me to tears - and this is an actor I can take or leave who, in the past, I have admired rather than warmed to - the first time was in the book he wrote about his mother and now in this, one of the finest performances I have seen him give on stage or screen. If there is one reason for seeing this film, and there are several, it is Tom Courtenay.