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Noises Off... (1992)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 20 March 1992 (USA)
A travelling theater group find so much action going on behind-the-scenes, they almost ruin the performances.

Director:

Peter Bogdanovich

Writers:

Michael Frayn (play), Marty Kaplan (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carol Burnett ... Dotty Otley / Mrs. Clackett
Michael Caine ... Lloyd Fellowes
Denholm Elliott ... Selsdon Mowbray / The Burglar
Julie Hagerty ... Poppy Taylor
Marilu Henner ... Belinda Blair / Flavia Brent
Mark Linn-Baker ... Tim Allgood
Christopher Reeve ... Frederick Dallas / Philip Brent
John Ritter ... Garry Lejeune / Roger Tramplemain
Nicollette Sheridan ... Brooke Ashton / Vicki
Katie Rich ... Des Moines Stagehand
Zoe R. Cassavetes ... Miami Stagehand
Kim Sebastian Kim Sebastian ... Cleveland Stagehand
Louise Stratten ... Broadway Stagehand (as L.B. Straten)
J. Christopher Sullivan J. Christopher Sullivan ... Miami Backstage Guard
Kimberly Neville ... Miami Usher
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Storyline

Lloyd Fellowes (Sir Michael Caine) is the director of a theatre company. He's desperately trying to get his production together, despite the best efforts of the cast, the crew, and Lady Luck. We follow the production from final rehersals, through opening night, and onto the tour. As with any group of actors forced to work closely together for any great length of time, romances and arguments are bound to break out. Quite often, what's happening on stage is nothing compared to what's happening backstage. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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The comedy where everyone gets caught in the act!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Noises Off! See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$981,452, 22 March 1992

Gross USA:

$2,280,148

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,280,148
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie's title "Noises Off!" is a stage cue, used in plays, by a playwright, to indicate noises occurring off-stage. See more »

Goofs

During the Des Moines performance, after Gary comes down the stairs saying, "Sex criminals everywhere! Vicki? Vick?" he kicks the tin that Belinda had dropped earlier. The one he kicks is very clearly dented by his kick, but the original tin lies upstage near the door to the kitchen. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Usher: Curtains going up! Curtains going... up! Curtains going up!
Lloyd: [voiceover] A big Broadway opening. Everybody who's anybody in New York is inside this theater tonight. Everybody but one man. This man - ME!
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Connections

References Annie Get Your Gun (1950) See more »

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Another Op'nin', Another Show
Written by Cole Porter
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Crazy movie
12 December 2000 | by jhaggardjrSee all my reviews

"Noises Off..." is one crazy movie. Based on Michael Frynn's play, it's about an inept travelling theater group doing stage productions of a British sex farce. The problem with this play is that as each month passes by while stopping from city to city, the actors start getting at each others throats. Michael Caine is hilariously funny as the frustrated director who gets to the point where he can't bear to deal with his clumsy actors because of the tumult backstage. "Noises Off..." is filmed in three different parts. First there's the rehearsal just before opening night in Des Moines, Iowa. Next there's a stop in Miami Beach where we see almost all the action taking place backstage. Finally there's the stop in Cleveland where the show practically falls flat on its face. This final part of the movie felt like torture to me. Nevertheless, "Noises Off..." is very funny most of the time and I did laugh alot. Besides Caine, the great cast also features Carol Burnett, John Ritter, Christopher Reeve, Julie Hagerty, Marilu Henner, Denholm Elliott, Mark Linn-Baker, and Nicollette Sheridan. All give funny performances and that helps to make "Noises Off..." a very good comedy.

*** (out of four)


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