Thursday, November 15, 2012

Quartet

Director: Dustin Hoffman

Starring: Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, Michael Gambon

If you have ever wondered where old performers go to spend their eventide years then wonder no more because Quartet has the answer. Based on a play by Ronald Harwood set in a plush retirement home for musicians, Beacham House faces financial ruin but the solution lies with the residents. For the once-celebrated operatic quartet has been reunited and if convinced to reform could save the day. To hilarious effect Jean (Maggie Smith), Reg (Tom Courtenay), ageing lecture Wilf (Billy Connolly) and the sweetly demented Sissy (Pauline Collins) all come together after years of separation for a reunion concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday. There are of course a lot of old scores to settle first (and I don’t mean music). Smashing performances from an all star cast and if you enjoyed the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel then this is for you. Directed by Dustin Hoffman with Michael Gambon as Cedric thrown on for good measure.

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