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Prick Up Your Ears (1987)

R
105 min | Biography, Drama

This film is the story of the spectacular life and violent death of British playwright Joe Orton. In his teens, Orton is befriended by the older, more reserved Kenneth Halliwell, and while the two begin a relationship, it's fairly obvious ...See moreThis film is the story of the spectacular life and violent death of British playwright Joe Orton. In his teens, Orton is befriended by the older, more reserved Kenneth Halliwell, and while the two begin a relationship, it's fairly obvious that it's not all about sex. Orton loves the dangers of bath-houses and liaisons in public restrooms; Halliwell, not as charming or attractive as Orton, doesn't fare so well in those environs. While both long to become writers, it is Orton who achieves fame - his plays "Entertaining Mr. Sloane" and "Loot" become huge hits in London of the sixties, and he's even commissioned to write a screenplay for the Beatles. But Orton's success takes him farther from Halliwell, whose response ended both his life and the life of the up-and-coming playwright. Written by Gary Dickerson See less
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Writers
John Lahr (based on the biography by) | Alan Bennett (screenplay)
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Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski (as Hugo Luczyc Wyhowski)
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Opening Wknd
$ 38,643
Gross (USA)
$ 1,654,743
Gross (World)
$ 1,672,927
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Release date
May 8, 1987 (United States)

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64 cast members
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Gary Oldman
Joe Orton Joe Orton   See fewer
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Alfred Molina
Kenneth Halliwell Kenneth Halliwell   See fewer
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Vanessa Redgrave
Peggy Ramsay Peggy Ramsay   See fewer
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Wallace Shawn
John Lahr John Lahr   See fewer
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Lindsay Duncan
Anthea Lahr Anthea Lahr   See fewer
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Julie Walters
Elsie Orton Elsie Orton   See fewer
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James Grant
William Orton William Orton   See fewer
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Frances Barber
Leonie Orton Leonie Orton   See fewer
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Janet Dale
Mrs Sugden Mrs Sugden   See fewer
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Dave Atkins
Mr Sugden Mr Sugden   See fewer
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Margaret Tyzack
Madame Lambert Madame Lambert   See fewer
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Eric Richard
Education Officer Education Officer   See fewer
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William Job
RADA Chairman RADA Chairman   See fewer
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Rosalind Knight
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Angus MacKay
RADA Judge RADA Judge   See fewer
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Linda Spurrier
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Helena Michell
Orton's Friend Orton's Friend   See fewer
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Sean Pertwee
Orton's Friend Orton's Friend   See fewer
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Liam De Staic
Brickie (as Liam de Staic) Brickie (as Liam de Staic)   See fewer
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Charles McKeown
Mr Cunliffe Mr Cunliffe   See fewer
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Selina Cadell
Miss Battersby Miss Battersby   See fewer
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Bert Parnaby
Magistrate Magistrate   See fewer
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Counsel (as Antony Carrick) Counsel (as Antony Carrick)   See fewer
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Neil Dudgeon
Policeman Policeman   See fewer
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Richard Wilson
Psychiatrist Psychiatrist   See fewer
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Christopher Guinee
Publisher Publisher   See fewer
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Stevan Rimkus
Kenneth Kenneth   See fewer
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Michael Müller
BBC Actor 1 (as Michael Mueller) BBC Actor 1 (as Michael Mueller)   See fewer
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Anthony Douse
BBC Actor 2 BBC Actor 2   See fewer
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John Kane
Director Director   See fewer
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Steven Mackintosh
Simon Ward Simon Ward   See fewer
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Garry Cooper
Actor 1 - Mr Sloane Actor 1 - Mr Sloane   See fewer
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Roger Lloyd Pack
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Joanne Connelly
Stage Manager Stage Manager   See fewer
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John Moffatt
Wigmaker Wigmaker   See fewer
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Philippa Davies
Peggy Ramsay's Secretary Peggy Ramsay's Secretary   See fewer
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David Cardy
Brian Epstein Brian Epstein   See fewer
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Julie Legrand
Gallery Owner Gallery Owner   See fewer
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Noel Davis
Philip Philip   See fewer
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Jane Blackburn
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Stella Richman
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Man in Gallery Man in Gallery   See fewer
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Jonny Phillips
Youth Outside Lavatory (as Jonathan Phillips) Youth Outside Lavatory (as Jonathan Phillips)   See fewer
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Man Outside Lavatory Man Outside Lavatory   See fewer
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Moroccan Boy 1 (as Ahmed El Jheur) Moroccan Boy 1 (as Ahmed El Jheur)   See fewer
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Moktar Dagmouni
Moroccan Boy 2 Moroccan Boy 2   See fewer
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Sian Thomas
Marilyn Orton Marilyn Orton   See fewer
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Stephen Bill
George Barnett George Barnett   See fewer
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Karl Johnson
Douglas Orton Douglas Orton   See fewer
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David Bradley
Undertaker Undertaker   See fewer
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Simon Adams
Undertaker's Boy Undertaker's Boy   See fewer
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Labourer Labourer   See fewer
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Max Stafford-Clark
Awards Chairman (as Max Stafford Clark) Awards Chairman (as Max Stafford Clark)   See fewer
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Beatles Chauffeur Beatles Chauffeur   See fewer
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Anthea's Mother Anthea's Mother   See fewer
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Police Inspector Police Inspector   See fewer
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Constable Constable   See fewer
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Wigmaker (uncredited) Wigmaker (uncredited)   See fewer
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Patrick Proktor (uncredited) Patrick Proktor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Herself (archive footage) (uncredited) Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)   See fewer
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7.4 / 10 | 5,148 votes