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Noises Off! [1992] (1 disc)

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Director:Peter Bogdanovich
Writer:Marty Kaplan
Length:101 minutes
(1 hour 41 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Comedy
IMDB Rating:7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:61%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: A travelling theater group find so much action going on behind-the-scenes, they almost ruin the performances.


Reaction: It's a very uniquely told story and very entertaining. Quite the star-studded cast as well.


Personal Rating: 8/10

Select Cast and Crew
Peter Bogdanovich => Director
Marty Kaplan => Writer
Michael Frayn => Play
Carol Burnett => Dotty Otley / Mrs. Clackett
Christopher Reeve => Frederick Dallas / Philip Brent
Denholm Elliott => The Burglar / Selsdon Mowbray
John Ritter => Roger Tramplemain / Garry Lejeune
Julie Hagerty => Poppy Taylor
Marilu Henner => Belinda Blair / Flavia Brent
Mark Linn-Baker => Tim Allgood
Michael Caine => Lloyd Fellowes
Nicollette Sheridan => Vicki / Brooke Ashton

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The movie's title "Noises Off!" is a stage cue, used in plays, by a playwright, to indicate noises occurring offstage.
  • Denholm Elliott's last film.
  • Audrey Hepburn was offered a major role.
  • Lloyd's speech and rant to Tim, before the matinée, about the problems he's having directing Hamlet, was changed from the play. In the play, Lloyd is directing a production of Richard III, and all the characters and references reflect that. It was changed in the movie, because it was felt that Hamlet would be better-known to American audiences.
  • The play-within-the-film is entitled "Nothing On".
  • Sir John Gielgud was asked to play Mowbray.
  • Although most of the dialogue was taken directly from the play, many words were changed to make the film more understandable for American audiences. Examples include "fortnight" being changed to "two weeks", "technical" being changed to "tech rehearsal", and "sixteen" being changed to "eighteen" (when referring to the age of consent).
  • Both Carol Burnett (the film "Dotty") and [?] Dorothy Loudon (the original Broadway "Dotty") have also played Miss Hannigan in the musical, ANNIE. Burnett portraying the role on film, Annie (1982), and Loudon onstage.
  • The film reveals that, in the Lloyd-Poppy-Brooke love triangle, Lloyd ends up choosing Poppy and the two get married. Although the play shares the plot point of Poppy's pregnancy, it is never revealed who Lloyd ends up with, or even if he stays with either woman.