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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Poorly Executed MovieBy a customer from Sandringham, Norfolk , 14 Oct 2010There were a few good chuckles in this movie. It was so flat, though! A real pity as it could have been so much more.
massive disappointmentBy a customer from Devon , 17 Jul 2010After seeing who was in it, I thought this is going to be funny, well it was not. Not even a titter.
The script was woeful and the acting of Burt Reynolds has to be seen to be believed. Wooden, mumbling, has he had a stroke? The worst acting performance I think I have ever seen in a film. What true actors in the film must have thought, are they that desperate for the money!!
Just OKBy GaryI (785 reviews) from March, Cambs , 20 Jun 2010All the hallmarks of a british comedy from yesteryear are present in the idea, but ultimately this is disappointing. Firstly Burt Reynolds displays none of the comedy flair that we know he has, his portrayal of an over the hill Hollywood action hero is let down by his geriatric turn, and he fails to convince.
The cast are in the main good, but its all very predictable and the insertion of entirely unecessary bad language to get laughs lets it down even more.
A lazy sunday afternnon film tha could've been hilarious but only raises the odd titter here and there.
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Strange FilmBy a customer from Yorkshire , 23 Apr 2010This has flashes of humour and enjoyment but is always slightly unsettling. Maybe it's Burt Reynolds, maybe it's the thought that Samantha Bond might actually be attracted to someone who was yesterday's news and even old enough to be her father (almost)! Worth a look but don't expect too much. Derek Jacobi is on fine form, however.
Really enjoyableBy a customer from East Grinstead , 15 Apr 2010We really enjoyed this bit of fluff - some Brit acting greats and Burt Reynolds hamming it up. Left us with smiles on our faces :-)