Prick Up Your Ears

Prick Up Your Ears (1987)

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1987-04-17
  • User Rating: 7/10 from 41 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 51min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: civilhand
  • Production Country: United Kingdom
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Stephen Frears directs this biographical drama focusing on controversial British playwright Joe Orton, revealed in flashback after his murder by lover Kenneth Halliwell. Born in 1933 in Leicester, in the English Midlands, John 'Joe' Orton moves to London in 1951, to study at RADA, and enjoys an openly gay relationship with Halliwell in their famous Islington flat in the 1960s. However, when Orton achieves spectacular success with such plays as 'What the Butler Saw' and 'Loot', Halliwell begins to feel alienated and the pair's future looks increasingly uncertain.

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  • Gary Oldman

    as Joe Orton
  • Alfred Molina

    as Kenneth Halliwell
  • Vanessa Redgrave

    as Peggy Ramsay
  • Frances Barber

    as Leonie Orton
  • Lindsay Duncan

    as Anthea Lahr
  • Julie Walters

    as Elsie Orton
  • Wallace Shawn

    as John Lahr
  • Janet Dale

    as Mrs. Sugden
  • Dave Atkins

    as Mr Sugden
  • Garry Cooper

    as Mr. Sloane Actor
  • Roger Lloyd Pack

    as Actor 2
  • Sean Pertwee

    as Orton's Friends
  • Helena Michell

    as Orton's Friends
  • Selina Cadell

    as Miss Battersby
  • Neil Dudgeon

    as Policeman
  • Richard Wilson

    as Psychiatrist
  • Steven Mackintosh

    as Simon Ward
  • Karl Johnson

    as Douglas Orton
  • David Bradley

    as Undertaker
  • Joan Sanderson

    as Anthea's Mother
  • Spencer Leigh

    as Constable
  • Neville Smith

    as Police Inspector
  • John Salthouse

    as Chauffeur
  • David Cardy

    as Brian Epstein
  • John Moffatt

    as Wigmaker
  • Charles McKeown

    as Mr Cunliffe
  • Margaret Tyzack

    as Madame Lambert
  • James Grant

    as William Orton
  • Eric Richard

    as Education Officer
  • William Job

    as RADA Chairman
  • Rosalind Knight

    as RADA Judge
  • Angus MacKay

    as RADA Judge
  • Linda Spurrier

    as RADA Instructor
  • Charlotte Wodehouse

    as Janet
  • Bert Parnaby

    as Magistrate
  • Liam De Staic

    as Brickie
  • Antony Carrick

    as Counsel
  • Christopher Guinee

    as Publisher
  • Stevan Rimkus

    as Kenneth
  • Michael Müller

    as BBC Actor
  • Anthony Douse

    as BBC Actor 2
  • John Kane

    as Director
  • Joanne Connelly

    as Stage Manager
  • Noel Davis

    as Philip
  • Philippa Davies

    as Peggy Ramsey's Secretary
  • Julie Legrand

    as Gallery Owner
  • Jane Blackburn

    as Woman in Gallery
  • Stella Richman

    as Woman in Gallery 2
  • Jonny Phillips

    as Youth Outside Lavatory
  • Richard Ireson

    as Man Outside Lavatory
  • Ahmed Elgheur

    as Moroccan Boy 1
  • Moktar Dagmouni

    as Moroccan Boy 2
  • Sian Thomas

    as Marilyn Orton
  • Stephen Bill

    as George Barnett
  • Max Stafford-Clark

    as Awards Chairman
  • Simon Adams

    as Undertaker's Boy
  • Mark Brignal

    as Beatle's Chauffeur
  • Robin Hooper

    as Mortuary Attendant
  • Mark Brignal

    as Beatles Chauffeur
  • Derek Jarman

    as Patrick Proktor
Editing Mick Audsley Editor
Art Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski Production Design
Costume & Make-Up Bob Ringwood Costume Design
Directing Stephen Frears Director
Production Debbie McWilliams Casting
Camera Oliver Stapleton Director of Photography
Sound Stanley Myers Original Music Composer
Writing Alan Bennett Writer
Production Zakaria Alaoui Production Manager
Art Philip Elton Art Direction
Writing John Lahr Novel
Production Ann Wingate Production Manager
Production Andrew Brown Producer
Costume & Make-Up Peter Owen Wig Designer
Sound Tony Jackson Sound Recordist
Costume & Make-Up Elaine Carew Makeup Supervisor
Costume & Make-Up Sally Harrison Hairstylist
Sound Brian Trenerry Sound Editor