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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).

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Gary Sinyor

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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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Trivia

Movie Producer Ismail Merchant, whose work this movie spoofs, refused the offer of a cameo role as a merchant. See more »

Quotes

Aunt Agnes: Have you been urinating in the soup again?
Hudson Junior: There will be worse to come, Madam, in the main course and the pudding.
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Connections

Spoofs The Remains of the Day (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

O mio babbino caro
from "Gianni Schicchi" (uncredited)
by Giacomo Puccini
Soprano Miriam Gauci
Performed by The Brussels Philharmonic (as BRT Philharmonic Orchestra (Brussels))
Conducted by Alexander Rahbari
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God, but this was funny!
29 January 2001 | by intervampSee all my reviews

I have always admired the way Merchant/Ivory films have had at their core a sort of droll humour that has come through and made me smile. This movie has taken every little bit that had made me crack a smile during the "serious" Merchant/Ivory productions and made me smile and laugh so much my cheeks hurt by the end of the movie. There are so many sight gags that I couldn't keep track of them all, and the ones I did see were enough for me to recommend this movie. Here's a little hint, just before George rescues Emily from drowning, take a look at what he's carving, maybe that's why he was little too eager to divest himself of his clothes. Don't get me wrong, I loved Howards End and Room with a view, but I also loved The Naked Gun and Airplane as well, this is the perfect hybrid of the two genres. The acting isn't in the least bit Hammy, the actors play it straight the whole way through, which is what makes this so funny, Samuel West probably being the best thing about this movie. His brainless upperclass twit played to perfection makes this a good movie for Masterpiece theatre watchers with a sense of humour.


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