Stage Beauty details
|Starring:||Rupert Everett, Tom Wilkinson, Billy Crudup, Richard Griffiths, Claire Danes, Ben Chaplin, Zoe Tapper|
|Run time:||1 hour 46 minutes|
|Rental release:||27 Dec 2004|
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Identity, insecurity and indecisionBy Sam from Midlands, UK , 05 Jan 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]Comparisons to Shakespeare in Love are justified, but this film is darker, saucier, with more fluid identities and romantic attachments. Ned Kynaston is the man who plays a woman on the stage whose livelihood is threatened when King Charles makes it legal for women to act, and his pretty, ambitious dresser (Clare Danes) takes to the stage in his place. Cue lots of insecurities about identity, attractiveness and acting ability as Kynaston is dumped by his male lover and forced to play the man - both on the stage and in a relationship with his former dresser. This film looks good, and is for the most part well acted - Rupert Everett follows his Charles I in To Kill a King with an excellent performance as King Charles II. Billy Crudup, however, is not quite pretty enough to play Ned - when characters remark on how pretty he is, it seems unconvincing. The biggest problem with the film, though, is when it tries to be a romance between the two main characters, which for reasons I cannot really reveal without giving away the plot, doesn't quite convince. The constantly revised versions of Othello are fun, though, and the climax really quite dramatic.
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A wonderfully rich filmBy QueerFolk (42 reviews) from Huddersfield , 18 Apr 2012A wonderfully rich film, on the lines of, 'Shakespeare in Love', but without one single mention of Shakespeare even though his, 'Othello' is the dominant play. A great cast and a fantastic look at theatre and sexuality. Certaibly worth a watch. Why isn't Billy Crudup regarded as one of the great actors?
AN INSULT TO BRITAINS GREATEST MONARCH!By TheCountessOfRochester (11 reviews) , 04 Mar 2012This movie, lacked direction hugely, wandering aimlessly for a good 45 minutes, The portrayal of King Charles II was a joke and an insult to Britains greatest monarch! As was the portrayal of Nel Gwyn as a 'ditsy dumb blonde!' Nell Gwyn was known to be very entertraining, intelligent and witty, how she was portrayed in this movie was quite frankly ridiculous, silly and pointless! Playing King Charles II as a silly camp fool was just bizzare, ridiculous and silly also. The characters as they were played has got to be the most pointless characters I have seen in any movie to this date! I was highly offended by the silly portrayal of a great Monarch. The story non existant, and the man who played the woman.... silly, as he was way to ugly as a woman! The whole point was he was supposed to be beautiful! A WASTE OF TIME. The only thing good about this movie was the Cavalier King Charles spaniels!
Sumptuous entertainment.By Lesinlondon (14 reviews) , 26 Nov 2011A great cast, marvelous acting, superbly detailed sets, gorgeous colour and lighting, and a great story. A fabulous film portraying life, stage and personal, on the English stage in the era of Charles II. I loved this film!
A PURE STAGE BEAUTYBy Em1981 (133 reviews) from London , 07 Aug 2011i love this Richard Eyre film and its one of my favorite films. Wonderful cast and sets. Beautifully performed and obviously a lot of research had gone in to creating an authentic characters. I highly recommend not one to miss
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A complete surprise!!By a customer , 23 Apr 2011A well made well acted little movie- not great but certainly worth a try on a wet boring Sunday afternoon- you wont be sorry!