• 2012
  • UK
  • 1h 30min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Dustin Hoffman
  • Written by: Ronald Harwood
  • Cast: Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins
  • UK release: 1 January 2013

The residents of a home for retired musicians prepare for their annual gala concert. Hoffman's debut film as a director is polished entertainment and nicely cast with fine performances, but it's odd that a leading light of New Hollywood should make something so safe, formulaic and British.

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Once-popular opera diva Jean Horton (Maggie Smith) creates a stir with her arrival at Beecham House, a home for retired performers. No one feels the uproar more than Reginald (Tom Courtenay), Jean's ex-husband, who still stings from her long-ago infidelity. Most of the other Beecham residents are delighted, and try to convince Jean to join them in a performance of "Rigoletto." Jean, however, knows that she is long past her prime and is reluctant to sully the memory of her once-lovely voice.

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