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Prick Up Your Ears

Category: Drama /
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.

Status: Released IMDb
Release date: 1987-04-17
Run time: 111 minute / 1:51
Director: Stephen Frears
Production Company : civilhand
Production Country: United Kingdom



Gary Oldman
as Joe Orton
Alfred Molina
as Kenneth Halliwell
Vanessa Redgrave
as Peggy Ramsay
Frances Barber
as Leonie Orton
Lindsay Duncan
as Anthea Lahr
Julie Walters
as Elsie Orton
Wallace Shawn
as John Lahr
Janet Dale
as Mrs. Sugden
Dave Atkins
as Mr Sugden
Garry Cooper
as Mr. Sloane Actor
Roger Lloyd Pack
as Actor 2
Sean Pertwee
as Orton's Friends
Helena Michell
as Orton's Friends
Selina Cadell
as Miss Battersby
Neil Dudgeon
as Policeman
Richard Wilson
as Psychiatrist
Steven Mackintosh
as Simon Ward
Karl Johnson
as Douglas Orton
David Bradley
as Undertaker
Joan Sanderson
as Anthea's Mother
Spencer Leigh
as Constable
Neville Smith
as Police Inspector
John Salthouse
as Chauffeur
David Cardy
as Brian Epstein
John Moffatt
as Wigmaker
Charles McKeown
as Mr Cunliffe
Margaret Tyzack
as Madame Lambert
James Grant
as William Orton
Eric Richard
as Education Officer
William Job
as RADA Chairman
Rosalind Knight
as RADA Judge
Angus MacKay
as RADA Judge
Linda Spurrier
as RADA Instructor
Charlotte Wodehouse
as Janet
Bert Parnaby
as Magistrate
Liam De Staic
as Brickie
Antony Carrick
as Counsel
Christopher Guinee
as Publisher
Stevan Rimkus
as Kenneth
Michael Müller
as BBC Actor
Anthony Douse
as BBC Actor 2
John Kane
as Director
Joanne Connelly
as Stage Manager
Noel Davis
as Philip
Philippa Davies
as Peggy Ramsey's Secretary
Julie Legrand
as Gallery Owner
Jane Blackburn
as Woman in Gallery
Stella Richman
as Woman in Gallery 2
Jonny Phillips
as Youth Outside Lavatory
Richard Ireson
as Man Outside Lavatory
Ahmed Elgheur
as Moroccan Boy 1
Moktar Dagmouni
as Moroccan Boy 2
Sian Thomas
as Marilyn Orton
Stephen Bill
as George Barnett
Max Stafford-Clark
as Awards Chairman
Simon Adams
as Undertaker's Boy
Mark Brignal
as Beatle's Chauffeur
Robin Hooper
as Mortuary Attendant
Mark Brignal
as Beatles Chauffeur
Derek Jarman
as Patrick Proktor
Mick Audsley Editor

Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski Production Design

Costume & Make-Up
Bob Ringwood Costume Design

Stephen Frears Director

Debbie McWilliams Casting

Oliver Stapleton Director of Photography

Stanley Myers Original Music Composer

Alan Bennett Writer

Zakaria Alaoui Production Manager

Philip Elton Art Direction

John Lahr Novel

Ann Wingate Production Manager
Andrew Brown Producer

Costume & Make-Up
Peter Owen Wig Designer

Tony Jackson Sound Recordist

Costume & Make-Up
Elaine Carew Makeup Supervisor
Sally Harrison Hairstylist

Brian Trenerry Sound Editor

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