A Bunch of Amateurs details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Imelda Staunton, Charles Durning, Ty Davies, Samantha Bond, Burt Reynolds, Elesia Ennis, Sarah Goldberg, Peter Gunn, Derek Jacobi, Richard James, Tony Jayawardena|
|Studio:||ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO|
|Collections:||100 Most Wanted|
A Bunch of Amateurs
|Run time:||1 hour 36 minutes|
|Rental release:||27 Apr 2009|
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superb.......................By williamsgwynfa (627 reviews) from gwaenysgor , 09 May 2009
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[Highly rated reviewer]this film is superb. Jefferson Steel (played by Burt Reynolds) is a vain and egotistical former Hollywood star, out of work and unable to cope with his fall from the A-list.
In a last ditch attempt to revive Jeffersons career, his incompetent agent (played by Charles Durning) stumbles upon the perfect role - a prestigious run as King Lear at a theatre in Stratford.
Arriving in England, Jefferson discovers to his horror that the Stratford in question is not '-upon-Avon' but in Suffolk, and that his co-stars are not members of the Royal Shakespeare Company, but the local amateur dramatic society.
Jefferson is stuck according to him in Stratford-on-Pigfarm, but continuing press interest means he has to see it through.
There follows a hilarious clash of cultures, as Jefferson struggles to adapt to the sleepy English village and his star struck host, Mary (played by Imelda Staunton).
Jefferson is stuck in a world without egg-white frittatas, guava juice, hot tubs and personal trainers.
He must learn to put his ego aside and learn to work with the village community.
Well worth watching !
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Okay story, bad castingBy Lewishamguy (27 reviews) , 06 Aug 2013An old fading American actor, played by Burt Reynolds, comes to England to perform King Lear with an old fading group of English actors (Imelda Staunton, Derek Jacobi, and others). Not a bad story, and Staunton and Jacobi, in particular, turn in splendid performances. Trouble is, Reynolds is by no stretch of imagination capable of playing Lear, or much else for that matter. The whole film ultimately stands, and falls, hard, on this unfortunate reality.
A taste of a lovely mature wine.......By Ilovefilmstoo (132 reviews) from Cumbria , 23 Apr 2013An unexpectedly good little film - gently humour - innocent - and just lovely to watch. Nothing over-the-top capturing something so sweet..........I had thought it was going to be boring......but it wasn't...it was an absolute delight.
Under performsBy The KnightWatcher (629 reviews) from Gloucestershire , 21 Feb 2013English subtle humour and observation. Not bad. A bit uneventful. slow and flat and not particularly funny. Overall disappointing and does not fulfill potential
Blandest film I've seen for a whileBy Afilmaday (1 review) , 04 Jan 2013Unoriginal plot, totally predictable story line, the only good part was the acting. Some top quality actors trying to make the best of a very passé script. Is it a comedy? - I don't remember laughing.
deffo worth a watch ..feet up....and a beverageBy a customer , 07 Nov 2012Well...what can I say....I wasn't expecting anything brilliant..but the film was full of fun. Lots of laughter..or maybe its my humour...but loved it all the same. Burt Reynolds played his part well..as did the rest of the cast. Light hearted silly humour..but well worth the watch.
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