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Prick Up Your Ears

Prick Up Your Ears (1987)

Directed by
Stephen Frears 

Writing credits
Alan Bennett 


This film is the story of the spectacular life and violent death of
British playwright Joe Orton. In his teens, Orton is befriended
by the older, more reserved Kenneth Halliwell, and while the
two begin a relationship, it's fairly obvious that it's not all about
sex. Orton loves the dangers of bath-houses and liaisons in
public restrooms; Halliwell, not as charming or attractive as
Orton, doesn't fare so well in those environs. While both long
to become writers, it is Orton who achieves fame - his plays
"Loot" and "What The Butler Saw" become huge hits in
London of the sixties, and he's even commissioned to write a
screenplay for the Beatles. But Orton's success takes him
farther from Halliwell, whose response ended both his life and
the life of the up-and-coming playwright. 

Cast overview:
Gary Oldman
Alfred Molina
Vanessa Redgrave
Frances Barber
Janet Dale
Julie Walters