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Peter's Friends (1992)

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Six former college friends, with two new friends, gather for a New Year's Eve weekend reunion at a large English countryside manor after ten years to reminisce about the good times now long gone.

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Kenneth Branagh
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Laurie ... Roger
Kenneth Branagh ... Andrew
Stephen Fry ... Peter Morton
Alphonsia Emmanuel Alphonsia Emmanuel ... Sarah Johnson
Emma Thompson ... Maggie Chester
Imelda Staunton ... Mary Charleston
Richard Briers ... Lord Morton
Phyllida Law ... Vera
Alex Scott Alex Scott ... Paul (age 7)
Edward Jewesbury ... Mr. Gooch, Peter's Solicitor
Hetta Charnley Hetta Charnley ... Carol's fan at Airport
Rita Rudner ... Carol Benson
Bill Parfitt ... Baby Ben Charleston
Ruby May Musto Ruby May Musto ... Baby Ben Charleston
Ann Davies Ann Davies ... Brenda
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Storyline

Seven friends in an acting troupe graduate from Cambridge University in 1982 and go their separate ways. Ten years later, Peter inherits a large estate from his father, and invites the rest of the gang to spend New Year's holiday with him. Many changes have taken place in the lives of all the friends assembled, but Peter has a secret that will shock them all. Written by Liza Esser <essereli@student.msu.edu>

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Kenneth Branagh's New Comedy About Love, Friendship And Other Natural Disasters See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language, and for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los amigos de Peter See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,058,564
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Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was selected for inclusion in the U.S. National Board of Review's Top Ten Films of the year for 1992 at the 64th National Board of Review Awards, where it ranked at the number eight spot. See more »

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At the beginning of the film, Mary and Roger's nanny Brenda refers to Mary as "Mrs. Anderson", but according to the credits, Mary and Roger's last name is Charleston See more »

Quotes

Sarah: I'm disappointed in you. You used to be so romantic.
Andrew: Yeah, well now I'm rheumatic.
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Don't Get Me Wrong
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A Must See
7 June 1999 | by LynnetteSee all my reviews

Really, this is a great flick. Especially if you go for British comedy. Rita Rudner's writing is just fantastic. I caught this in the theatres by chance and loved it--and bought it as soon as it became available on video.

Since this is just commentary, I'm not going to get into the plot any--I'll just toss in my 2 cents.

In the Maltin Review, he mentions that many consider this a British "Big Chill". In a way, I can see that, but where the "Big Chill" focuses on how much the characters have changed since college, "Peter's Friend's" does a good job of showing how the characters really HAVEN'T changed since then. They have matured, but the root of who they are--their faults, strengths, and weaknesses--are still the same.

The wit flows, the humor can be obvious as well as understated, the interplay between the actors is simply sublime, and the overall feel is fun and warm. I've seen many of these actors together in other films and they're all first rate. Just because Emma Thompson is the only one to win an Oscar doesn't mean the others are slackers!!

The one thing I've had to accept, though, is that in 7 years, it has become dated--especially the reason why Peter decides to bring his old college buddies together. That last scene packed a much bigger punch in 1992 than it could in 1999. Not that the issues are any less significant now, just that, as a culture, we're more accustomed to the subject. (And I won't spoil it--if you want to know what the subject is, rent the movie! *grin*)

Also, the soundtrack is fabulous! And I'd say it's worth the price of a rental for those who "came of age" in the 80's just to watch the opening montage: The highlights of the 80's set to "Everybody Wants to Rule the World". Fantastically done.

Rent it and enjoy!!


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