A Bunch of Amateurs (2008)

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A sleazy Hollywood agent tricks one of his clients, a faded action star, into playing King Lear in an amateur charity production in England.


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18 May 2009 | brice-18
8
| Fantastic fun for am-dram
I saw this twice today on DVD and loved it. Of course, it's pure fantasy and I wish it had really been shot in one of Suffolk's Stratfords, though the Isle of Man serves well enough. Burt Reynolds does grumpy very well and, as ever, isn't afraid to send himself up - and nor is the great Derek Jacobi as his bitchy rival. I thought Imelda Staunton's turn as his adoring, then disillusioned fan overdone, but Samantha Bond is a tour de force as his less enchanted director. The build-up to the storm scene is ingenious and when he gets out of his vehicle Reynolds shows that he can cut the mustard as Lear. Of course, the other members of the Stratford Theatre Company are improbably good actors, but I shan't complain. The final twist is an extra treat. What a shame only Her Majesty seems to have seen the film in the cinema

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Trivia

As shown on the top of a letter, the address of Jefferson Steel's Hollywood agent Charlie Rosenberg (Charles Durning) is given as 1453 Wanamaker Street, Los Angeles, CA 90228 USA. This street name can be considered a reference to actor and Director Sam Wanamaker, who worked with Burt Reynolds (who played Detective Lieutenant John Hawk) on episodes of Hawk (1966), as well as other television work. Further, using Wanamaker's name in this address also ties Reynolds together with Shakespeare, in that Wanamaker was the Founder of the International Globe Theatre Centre, the project that funded, researched, and built the reconstruction of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre that now operates on the Thames in Bankside, London, not far from where the actual remains of the Globe were found just after Wanamaker's construction had broken ground. It was Wanamaker's life's passion to create a reconstruction of Shakespeare's Globe that would be a fully operational theatre, as well (although, after raising the funding from many fellow actors, actresses, directors, and producers, and then bringing together the historians and experts to design it, he died in 1993, four years before its grand opening).


Quotes

Jan Kopye: Amanda. My people loved you in that Pride and... eh... Punishment thing.
Amanda Blacke: Yeah, thanks.
Jan Kopye: Can you get naked? We want to get on with it.
Amanda Blacke: Excuse me, what?
Jan Kopye: Just take your clothes off.
Amanda Blacke: Eh... which scene from Sense and Sensibility is this?
Jan Kopye: The orgy scene.


Crazy Credits

The end credits for the main cast appear one at a time as the actors in the play take their curtain call and bow to the audience in the theatre or, alternatively, in twos as they're sitting in the audience, applauding.


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Still in the Game
Music by
Christian Henson & Caroline Lost
Lyrics by Caroline Lost
Performed by Caroline Lost

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