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Prick Up Your Ears

  • 1987
  • UK
  • 110 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Stephen Frears
  • Written by: John Lahr (book), Alan Bennett (screenplay)
  • Cast: Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina, Vanessa Redgrave, Wallace Shawn, Julie Walters

Wickedly tart and funny biographical portrait of the seesaw relationship between playwright Joe Orton and his jealous lover Kenneth Halliwell. Oldman breezes confidently through his role as Orton with cocky assurance, but the chamelon-like Molina goes one better in the smaller part, achieving a difficult blend of awkward shyness and frighteningly violent paranoia. Frears works well with screenwriter Alan Bennett, though the latter is said to have struggled with homophobia.

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