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Prick Up Your Ears (1987)

R 04/17/1987 (US) Drama 1h 51m


Stephen Frears directs this biographical drama focusing on controversial British playwright Joe Orton, revealed in flashback after his murder by lover Kenneth Halliwell. Born in 1933 in Leicester, in the English Midlands, John 'Joe' Orton moves to London in 1951, to study at RADA, and enjoys an openly gay relationship with Halliwell in their famous Islington flat in the 1960s. However, when Orton achieves spectacular success with such plays as 'What the Butler Saw' and 'Loot', Halliwell begins to feel alienated and the pair's future looks increasingly uncertain.

  1. Stephen Frears


  2. John Lahr


  3. Alan Bennett


Top Billed Cast

  1. Gary Oldman

    Gary Oldman

    Joe Orton

  2. Alfred Molina

    Alfred Molina

    Kenneth Halliwell

  3. Vanessa Redgrave

    Vanessa Redgrave

    Peggy Ramsay

  4. Frances Barber

    Frances Barber

    Leonie Orton

  5. Lindsay Duncan

    Lindsay Duncan

    Anthea Lahr

  6. Julie Walters

    Julie Walters

    Elsie Orton

  7. Wallace Shawn

    Wallace Shawn

    John Lahr

  8. Janet Dale

    Janet Dale

    Mrs. Sugden

  9. Dave Atkins

    Mr Sugden

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Prick Up Your Ears
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Status Released

Original Language English

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