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The Entertainer(1960)

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  • The Entertainer: Journey Into Misery

    • Doc Long
    • 6/20/16

    Dreadfully depressing tale of a family with virtually no redeeming qualities trying to succeed in the entertainment game at a bleak and moribund British coastal resort. Star Lawrence Olivier was nominated for an academy award as the leading man in this exercise of watching selfish characters perform childish acts without the slightest concern for how it affects the lives of others. It seems apparent Olivier- one of the great men in stage history- was suffering from role typecast burn out along with a mid-life crisis in 1960 and just wanted to do something different. Well, he did.

  • Acting Tour De Force

    • DON RILEY
    • 6/19/16

    This is as wonderful an acting job as anyone can witness. Olivier gets away with elongated pieces like fully eating and swallowing before saying a word. Most actors would have to recite a line before they could get away with such actions. Hey, he's Laurence Olivier ! This is genius acting and Olivier's performance exceeds everything with the chemistry between he and Joan Ploughwright coming in second. That is chemistry !! They complement each other like two great musicians exchanging loving and carefully placed solos. The bars and theatres make for some great background with clanging glasses and chattering and dancing girls complaining and smoking and wondering how they will find the cash to pay their bookies. The follies portrayed here actually are quite pathetic and belong somewhere in a lower level of Burlesque. This film is proof of Olivier's greatness, one of kind actor. Young actors could drench themselves in this performance even though probably none of them will ever be that talented. Sensational !

  • the entertainer

    • kevin sellers
    • 2/11/16

    If you like downbeat and depressing, boy have you come to the right place. I don't mind those kinds of movies, actually, as long as they're leavened with some humor and feature some action, like a party scene or a fight.) Alas, this John Osborne play offers little of either. Just endless scenes of misery, despair and tawdriness. Gets tiresome after the first forty minutes or so. Give it a C.

  • Harsh look at the funny life

    • Oliver Cutshaw
    • 4/25/13

    This is an excellent film in all regards. Well directed (Tony Richardson) and well acted. Olivier is marvelous at using all of his sometimes hammy mannerisms to great effect. His Archie is a lousy performer and a louse and yet, you feel sorry for him, you don't forgive him but you understand his desperation.The film is hard going for many, a few laughs but almost grim even though it is set in a tacky music hall. Another plus early glimpse of Albert Finney. Well worth watching but for a film called the entertainer it is not everyone's cup of tea or pint of ale.

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