Prick Up Your Ears

1987

Action / Biography / Drama / Romance

28
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 92%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 80%
IMDb Rating 7.4 10 5070

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Gary Oldman as Joe Orton
Julie Walters as Elsie Orton
Sean Pertwee as Orton's Friends
Wallace Shawn as John Lahr
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Jackson Booth-Millard 6 / 10

Prick Up Your Ears

I had heard the title of this British film a few times, I remembered the leading actor in it, and it was 30 years old in 2017, so I was hoping for something worthwhile, directed by Stephen Frears (My Beautiful Laundrette, The Queen, Philomena, Florence Foster Jenkins). Based on the true story, it tells the story of the life and death of gay playwright Joe Orton (BAFTA nominated Gary Oldman), and his lover Kenneth Halliwell (Alfred Molina). The story is told in flashback, as Orton's friend Peggy Ramsay (BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated Vanessa Redgrave), the theatrical agent who discovered his talent for both writing, she tells his story to John Lahr (Wallace Shawn), who is writing Orton's biography. Orton met Halliwell as a teenager at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, Halliwell was older and more reserved, the two begin a relationship, but it is not all just about sex. At the time, sexually activity homosexuality was illegal, Orton loves the dangers of bath-houses and liaisons in public restrooms, but Halliwell is not as charming attractive as Orton, he does not fare as well. As their relationship progresses, Orton grows increasingly confident in his talent for writing, but Halliwell's writing stagnates, and they become like a traditional married couple, with Orton being the "husband", and Halliwell being the long suffering and increasingly ignored. In the 60s, Orton achieves fame with his plays, with "Entertaining Mr. Sloane" and "Loot" becoming huge hits, and he is commissioned to write a screenplay for The Beatles, Halliwell is becoming increasingly jealous of his success. In the end, in 1967, a despondent Halliwell kills 34-year-old Orton, bludgeoning him with nine hammer blows to the head, he leaves a message in Orton's diary, and commits suicide with an overdose of 22 tablets washed down with grapefruit juice. Also starring Julie Walters as Elsie Orton, Lindsay Duncan as Anthea Lahr, James Grant as William Orton, Frances Barber as Leonie Orton, Sean Pertwee as Orton's Friend, Richard Wilson as Psychiatrist, Steven Mackintosh as Simon Ward, Roger Lloyd Pack as Actor and David Bradley as Undertaker. Oldman gives a marvellous performance as the flamboyant and promiscuous cheeky chappy, and Molina packs a surprise punch as Orton's troubled mentor. Obviously many people will know it all ends in tragedy and murder, but the majority of the film before has a fantastic script, with hilarious one-liners (the "have a w**k" sequence being a highlight), only the little bits of Orton's career are focused, it is more interesting with the perspectives of being homosexual in the 1960s, all in all it a most worthwhile biographical drama. It was nominated the BAFTA for Best Adapted Screenplay for Alan Bennett. Gary Oldman was number 40 on The 100 Greatest Movie Stars, he was number 11 on The 50 Greatest British Actors, and he was number 36 on The World's Greatest Actor. Very good!

Reviewed by gsygsy 7 / 10

entertaining and informative

Gary Oldman follows up his unknowable Sid Vicious in SID AND NANCY with an equally elusive Joe Orton in what is ultimately a riff on A STAR IS BORN. As Orton's star rises, that of his needier, more vulnerable lover Kenneth Halliwell, played with compassion by Alfred Molina, declines.

The screenplay, by Alan Bennett, is based on critic John Lahr's biography of Orton. Bennett makes the writing of the biography part of the story, and briefly tries to parallel the relationship of Lahr and his wife Andrea (played by Wallace Shawn and Lindsay Duncan), but I'm not sure that it helps the film much. Splitting the story's focus in its early sections removes us from Orton himself. That's who we want to stay with. The only real benefit the Lahr section gives us is one wonderful scene between Ms Duncan and the great Joan Sanderson as her hyper-middle class mother, decoding shorthand sections of Orton's diary to reveal highly salacious behaviour. Ms Sanderson's deadpan performance, enthusiastically uncovering Orton's meaning while remaining steadfastly unshocked, is one of the highlights of the film for me.

There are a dozen or so cameos from other wondrous actors, mostly known for their theatre work -- Margaret Tyzack, John Moffatt, Julie Legrand, Selina Cadell -- as well as substantial support from Francis Barber and Janet Dale as, respectively, Orton's warm-hearted sister and eccentric landlady.

Ultimately, the film rests on the shoulders of the central trio: Orton, Halliwell and Orton's agent, the redoubtable Peggy Ramsay. She is played by Vanessa Redgrave in a glowing performance, that helps to hold the disparate parts of the film together.

Molina's work I've already praised. So we're back to Gary Oldman, who is absolutely brilliant as Orton. What Oldman is able to do is to accept, rather than explain, his characters. He thinks it's OK not to make them totally knowable, and he's right.

Director Stephen Frears is equally difficult to pigeon-hole. He favours realism on the one hand, but on the other he is capable of pulling off highly-charged scenes - like the orgy in a public lavatory -- which might floor less gifted artists.

All in all, an entertaining and informative film, not without its flaws. In particular, its depiction of gay men's lives in the late fifties and early sixties is interestingly honest.

Reviewed by Danielle De Colombie 10 / 10

A loving punch in the gut

Gary Oldman plays real life British 60's sensation Joe Orton, the author of "Entertaining Mr. Sloane". His performance, for me, goes at the very core of a gallery of real life characters who run the gamut from A to Z and then some. From Sid Vicious to Ludwig Van Beethoven, from Lee Harvey Oswald to Joe Orton and in 2017 Winston Churchill - not to mention fictional literary characters like Count Dracula. With Joe Orton, Gary Oldman reaches some kind of mountain top. He finds innocence in this emotional and sexual misfit and he projects Orton's genius with a profound flawed humanity. His tragic lover is played by another extraordinary actor, Alfred Molina - I've just seen him in "Feud" playing Robert Aldrich with such virtuosity that I have developed a personal relationship with Aldrich as if I knew him personally. Oldman and Molina create something we've never seen before and Stephen Frears know exactly how to capture it. As if this wasn't enough, Vanessa Redgrave play's Orton's agent. Even if you've never heard of Joe Orton, do yourself a favor, venture into this dark and human universe.

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