Stan & Ollie

Stan & Ollie
  • 2018
  • UK / Canada / US
  • Directed by: Jon S. Baird
  • Cast: Steve Coogan, John C. Reilly, Shirley Henderson, Danny Huston, Nina Arianda, Rufus Jones, Susy Kane

Stan Laurel (Coogan) and Oliver Hardy (Reilly) are touring postwar Britain in the hope of bankrolling their next picture, but their time seems to be passing. A classy, ambitious look at the gruelling nature of showbiz, weaving Laurel & Hardy’s routines into the fabric of the story; Coogan is particularly good and it’s a loving nod to two of cinema’s greats.

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As comedys most famous double act Steve Coogan and John C Reilly, two brilliant physical comedians, give delightful performances nailing the duos body language, mannerisms and routines. 1953 with their immense fame on the wane, Stan Laurel and Ollie Hardy embark on a gruelling farewell tour of British seaside towns. The tour starts badly; modest music halls, cramped little guesthouses, they struggle for audiences. But a series of TV guest spots rekindle the countrys interest and the buzz grows as they head towards a big London finale. But old resentments surface, particularly once the wives, Lucille and Ida, (a hilarious double act in their own right) join them. A charming, poignant, insightful study of lifelong male friendship this is a fitting tribute to the greatest pair of comedians of all time.

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Reviews & features

Steve Coogan on Stan & Ollie: 'All the precision of the comic beats was underpinned by a simple humanity'

7 Jan 2019

Director Jon Baird joins the stars of Laurel and Hardy biopic to discuss the legends behind the affectionate tale

For those raised in Britain in the 1970s and '80s, black-and-white comedy legends Laurel and Hardy were part of your teatime TV diet. It's how Jon Baird, the Aberdeen-born director of the affectionate new biopic Stan & Ollie remembers them. Same goes…

John C Reilly: I've been preparing to play Oliver Hardy my 'whole life'

6 Dec 2018

Film gossip

John C Reilly feels he's been preparing to play Oliver Hardy his "whole life". The 53-year-old actor has admitted he relished portraying the silent comedy star in 'Stan & Ollie', which also stars fellow comic actor Steve Coogan as Stan Laurel. He…

Steve Coogan says Laurel and Hardy were like a married couple

22 Oct 2018

Film gossip

Steve Coogan claims that Laurel and Hardy were like a married couple. The 'Stan and Ollie' actor – who is playing Stan Laurel in the biographical film about the iconic comedy duo – revealed that the two entertainers had an amazing relationship which…

Stan & Ollie

21 Oct 20184 stars

LFF 2018: Steve Coogan and John C Reilly excel as famous double act Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy

Scottish filmmaker Jon S. Baird's Stan & Ollie opens with a bravura tracking shot as world famous double act Stan Laurel (Steve Coogan) and Oliver Hardy (John C. Reilly) walk through a bustling film studio. Gossiping and arguing with studio boss Hal…

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