Sunday, June 16, 2013

Prick Up Your Ears

1987 British Feature

Cast: Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina, Vanessa Redgrave, Wallace Shawn and Julie Walters
Director: Stephen Frears
Writer: Alan Bennett, based on the book by John Lahr

The life of playwright Joe Orton, from his tumultuous relationship with his lover Kenneth Halliwell, to his stage success with the black comedies Entertaining Mr. Sloane and Loot, to his violent death.


  • Internet Movie Database: 7.1/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 92% / Audience: 75%
  • OMG rating: 7/10

  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available


  • BAFTA Award nominations for Best Actor (Oldman), Supporting Actress (Redgrave) and Adapted Screenplay.
  • Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Artistic Contribution (composer Stanley Myers).
  • Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress (Redgrave).
  • Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Foreign Film.
  • London Critics Circle Film Awards for Actor of the Year (Oldman) and Screenwriter of the Year.
  • New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress (Redgrave).

  • Prick Up Your Ears was to be the title of an unreleased play by Joe Orton. In the title, the word "Ears" is an anagram of the word "Arse", making Prick Up Your Ears a rather blunt reference to the homosexual subject matter. It is also a phonetic play on the conjunction of "your" and "ears" to produce "rears", which also alludes to gay sex.
  • Joe Orton also appears as a character in Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa!.

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