- The Dresser
name = The Dresser
imdb_id = 0085461
Albert Finney Tom Courtenay Eileen Atkins
December 6, 1983
runtime = 118 min.
language = English
"The Dresser" is a 1983 film which tells the story of an aging actor's personal assistant, who struggles to keep his charge's life together. The film is based on a screenplay by
Ronald Harwood, based on his successful West End and Broadway play.
The film was directed by
Peter Yatesand produced by Peter Yates and Ronald Harwood. The cinematography was by Kelvin Pike.
The film stars
Albert Finney, Tom Courtenay, Eileen Atkins, Michael Goughand Edward Fox.
Background and production
Ronald Harwood based the play on his experiences as dresser to distinguished English Shakespearean actor-manager
Sir Donald Wolfit, who is the "Sir" in the play. The play was first presented on March 6, 1980, at The Royal Exchange Theatre and then opened at the Queen's Theatrein London April 30, 1980, with Freddie Jonesas "Sir" and Tom Courtenayas Norman. The play was nominated for Best Play at the Laurence Olivier Awardsfor 1980.
The play opened at the
Brooks Atkinson Theatreon November 9, 1981and ran for 200 performances, with Tom Courtenay repeating his performance as Norman and Paul Rogers as "Sir". The play was nominated for the 1982 Tony Awardfor Best Play, Best Actor in a Play (Tom Courtenay) and the Drama Desk Awardfor Outstanding Actor in a Play (Paul Rogers).
The film was nominated for
Academy Awardsfor Best Actor in a Leading Role (Tom Courtenay), Best Actor in a Leading Role (Albert Finney), Best Director, Best Picture and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium.
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