Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year commes a star-studded tale of seaside entertainment, featuring Laurence Olivier as the old-time vaudeville performer on his way down.
Laurence Olivier apparently requested that playwright Jon Osborne create ‘The Entertainer’ especially for him, in the hope that it would make him relevant to a whole new generation of theatre goers. It proved to be one of Olivier's greatest stage successes and the film adapted from the play won him the sixth of his ten acting Academy Award nominations.
Here, Olivier stars as Archie Rice, a small talent song-and-dance man, who refuses to face his own limitations and attempts to promote one new show after another, unsuccessfully. Co-starring Albert Finney and Alan Bates (in their screen debuts) and Joan Plowright s Archie’s long suffering daughter.
UK / 2009 / 3 min
An animated tale of an ice cream vendor on the pier of Hippisburgh Sands, July 1957, of a woman, and a missed opportunity.
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