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Stiff Upper Lips (1998)

R | | Comedy | 12 June 1998 (UK)
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Aunt Agnes (Prunella Scales) vainly tries to force Emily (Georgina Cates) to marry boring Cedric Trilling (Robert Portal) by taking them to Italy and India hoping that Emily will forget about the handsome George (Sean Pertwee).

Director:

Gary Sinyor

Writers:

Paul Simpkin (screenplay), Gary Sinyor (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Artus David Artus ... Hurdler
Kevin Furlong Kevin Furlong ... Hurdler
Nicholas Selby ... Don 1
John Boswall ... Don 2
Samuel West ... Edward
Robert Portal ... Cedric
Prunella Scales ... Aunt Agnes
Georgina Cates ... Emily
Frank Finlay ... Hudson Junior
Jon Croft Jon Croft ... Station Master
Charles Simon Charles Simon ... Hudson Senior
Anna Livia Ryan Anna Livia Ryan ... Rosie
Sean Pertwee ... George
Brian Glover ... Eric
Geoffrey Palmer ... His Butler's Voice
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Storyline

Young upper-class fellow Edward (Samuel West) arrives with his friend Cedric Trilling (Robert Portal) at the family manse, Ivory Hall. He plans to pair off Cedric with his sister Emily (Georgina Cates). Emily, on the other hand, falls in love with a son of local peasant, George (Sean Pertwee). Old Aunt Agnes (Prunella Scales) sends all the bunch off, first to Italy and then to India, so Emily would forget George, who is an undesirable partner for her because of class differences, and choose Cedric.

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Taglines:

I want my sexual awakening and I want it now!

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | India

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

12 June 1998 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Period! See more »

Filming Locations:

Anzio, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$72,482

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$72,482
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Final theatrical movie of Brian Glover (Eric). See more »

Quotes

[Last lines]
Emily Ivory: Let's get on with it, vicar. I'm going into labour.
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Connections

Spoofs Maurice (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

The Four Seasons - Concerto No. 1 in E major, Op. 8, RV 269,
Spring", first movement
Written by Antonio Vivaldi
(uncredited)
Played by sitar player in the India segment
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One of the funniest films I have ever seen
6 December 2000 | by KarmapoliceSee all my reviews

I saw this film twice in the first week it came out. This was just as well, as it closed after a week, as nobody else saw it apart from me and a friend. I think that, apart from its DVD availability, it is just about unseen. This is what I would call 'a pity'.

Stiff Upper Lips has, especially in the first half, so many spot on gags that it becomes almost abstract. Death in Venice? Yes. Chariots of Fire? Yes. Maurice? Yes. Every Merchant Ivory film? You bet. And all these jokes are funny. Imagine Airplane, remade in Britain, with better jokes.

And the performances are spot on as well. Peter Ustinov is amusing as a slave trading plantation owner, Georgina Cates is fun as the 'heroine', who spends most of the film whinging, but the honours go to Robert Portal and Samuel West, in a pair of the funniest performances of all time. Every nuance, every line is finely judged. (Is that Forster you're reading? Yes, but I only read him for the landscapes.) Buy a DVD player, get this film, and enjoy.


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