The Dresser

  • 1983
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Drama

The head of a Shakespearean acting troupe touring England during WWII, "Sir" (Albert Finney) is a senile boozer who is looked after by his gay dresser, Norman (Tom Courtenay). In episodic fashion, the film reveals Norman's devotion to his employer and the complexities of the relationship between the two men of the theater. This adaptation of Ronald Harwood's...read more

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The head of a Shakespearean acting troupe touring England during WWII, "Sir" (Albert Finney) is a senile boozer who is looked after by his gay dresser, Norman (Tom Courtenay). In episodic fashion, the film reveals Norman's devotion to his employer and the complexities of the relationship

between the two men of the theater. This adaptation of Ronald Harwood's very successful play reveals its staginess, but the film is saved by dynamic direction, its feel of authenticity, and the two stars' performances that veer close to haminess without actually entering the terrain. Interesting,

then, that Eileen Atkins steals the film out from under both as a pathetic stage-manager.

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  • Released: 1983
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: The head of a Shakespearean acting troupe touring England during WWII, "Sir" (Albert Finney) is a senile boozer who is looked after by his gay dresser, Norman (Tom Courtenay). In episodic fashion, the film reveals Norman's devotion to his employer and the… (more)

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