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Not Only But Always (2004)

This affectionate documentary examines the turbulent partnership of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, the double act that re-defined the comedy genre. It follows their beginnings in London's ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rhys Ifans ... Peter Cook
Aidan McArdle ... Dudley Moore
Jodie Rimmer ... Wendy Snowden
Camilla Power ... Judy Huxtable
Daphne Cheung Daphne Cheung ... Lin Chong
Jonathan Aris ... Jonathan Miller
Louise Wallace Louise Wallace ... Sparkly Top Woman
Alan Cox ... Alan Bennett
Josephine Davison ... Eleanor Bron
Richard Durden ... Proctor
Robin Soans ... Mr. Boylett
Charmaine Guest ... Violin Girl
Brett O'Gorman Brett O'Gorman ... David Frost
Joanna Morrison ... Dawn
Derek Payne Derek Payne ... Audience Member
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This affectionate documentary examines the turbulent partnership of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, the double act that re-defined the comedy genre. It follows their beginnings in London's West End through their rise to stardom which won them accolades but forced a wedge between them. Written by Anonymous

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UK

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English

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30 December 2004 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Auckland, New Zealand

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Trivia

Many who knew the real Peter Cook and Dudley Moore objected to the way their long partnership was depicted in this heavily-fictionalized TV movie. Alan Bennett pointed out with considerable acerbity that Dudley Moore, far from being victimized by his university peers because of his working-class origins, was, in fact, enormously envied by them, partly because he was already a success in show business whilst still an undergraduate, and more especially because of his phenomenally active sex-life. See more »

Goofs

The film states that Cook and Moore's movie Bedazzled went into production in 1969. In fact, it was released two years earlier. See more »

Quotes

Dudley Moore: [watching Cook sprinkle vodka on his cornflakes] Would you like some *cocaine* on that?
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Connections

References Clive Anderson Talks Back: Episode #2.7 (1990) See more »

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Strangely moving
31 December 2004 | by acutlerSee all my reviews

This superbly acted and directed 'biopic' was riveting viewing for any Peter Cook/Dudley Moore fans. Rhys Ifans was particularly convincing as Peter Cook.

The emphasis is (however) firmly on Peter Cook, even though it is primarily about Peter Cook and Dudley Moore's relationship. The lack of focus on Dudley Moore, is my only serious criticism of the piece. You only really experience Dudley through Peter Cook, yet the film is set up to imply that it is balanced between the both of them.

I have know idea how true it is, but like all the best biopics, it is utterly convincing and compelling viewing. Arguably Peter Cook invented 'alternative comedy' and this film supports this view, and all his personality flaws as well as his genius.

I would liked to know better how Dudley and Peter met, and how Dudley entered the 'business', this is very glossed over; in fact the film doesn't really go into Dudley's equally long list of flaws, which would have been fun, instead the film gives us a strange mixture of 'noble Dudley' mixed with extremely 'shallow Dudley'. However, (as a Peter Cook fan) I was still very satisfied with the result.

This film contains extreme language used in quite nasty ways, in quite large quantities. I have no problem with this, but if you do, you won't like it!


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