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Entertainer, The | 1960 | Laurence Olivier, Joan Plowright

This adaptation of the John Osborne play stars Laurence Olivier reprising his stage role as washed up song-and-dance man Archie Rice who, facing obscurity, terrorizes all who are near and dear to him. Set in a seedy British resort town, the film captures the desperation, tackiness and exhilaration of show business in extremis. The performances make this an unforgettable experience, including Alan Bates and Albert Finney in early roles and the incomparable Olivier playing one of his greatest characters.

There must have been something about playing a down-and-out hoofer in The Entertainer that put Laurence Olivier in a romantic mood. On the outs with his then ailing wife Vivien Leigh, he developed a relationship with co-star Joan Plowright and they were married within a year.

UK | 96 minutes | 1960

Director: Tony Richardson
Script: John Osborne Nigel Kneale

cast
Laurence Olivier as Archie Rice
Brenda De Banzie as Phoebe Rice
Roger Livesey as Billy Rice
Joan Plowright as Jean Rice
Alan Bates as Frank Rice
Daniel Massey as Graham
Albert Finney as Mick Rice
Shirley Anne Field as Tina Lapford
Thora Hird as Mrs. Ada Lapford
Miriam Karlin as Soubrette
Geoffrey Toone as Harold Hubbard
Anthony Oliver as Interviewer
Max Bacon as Charlie Klein
Charles Gray as Columnist

 

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