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Stuart: A Life Backwards (2007)

TV-MA | | Drama | TV Movie 23 September 2007
A writer takes a backwards look at the life of his unlikely friend Stuart, a homeless alcoholic who experienced a traumatic event in his childhood.

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David Attwood

Writer:

Alexander Masters (biography)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Alexander Masters
Tom Hardy ... Stuart Shorter
Nicola Duffett ... Judith
Claire-Louise Cordwell Claire-Louise Cordwell ... Karen
Edna Doré Edna Doré ... Gran
Candis Nergaard ... Sophie
Joanna Maude Joanna Maude ... Ruth
Trevor Sellers ... John
Barbara Barnes Barbara Barnes ... Wintercomfort Secretary
Hugh Armstrong ... Old Drunk
George Anton George Anton ... Dangerous Ginger
Dominic Kemp Dominic Kemp ... Academic Man
Shenagh Govan ... Bookish Woman
Caroline Parker Caroline Parker ... Deaf Jackie
Richard Cant ... Dainty Man
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Storyline

When Stuart Shorter - a homeless alcoholic with a violent past - meets writer and charity worker Alexander Masters, they strike up an unlikely friendship. As Alexander learns more about Stuart's complicated life and traumatic childhood, he asks if he can write his story and Stuart advises him to tell the story backwards, so that it's "More exciting - like a Tom Clancy murder mystery". As their remarkable alliance develops, Stuart gradually recounts his life story in reverse, his resilient personality and dry sense of humour giving the story an almost tragi-comic edge. Through post office heists, attempts at suicide and spells inside numerous institutions, Alexander is given a glimpse into a totally alien world and begins to understand how Stuart's life spiralled so badly out of control. Written by Anonymous

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Official Sites:

BBC [UK] | HBO [United States]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Stuart: A Life Backwards See more »

Filming Locations:

Norfolk, England, UK See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch's first film together; they later starred together again in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). See more »

Goofs

When Alexander lets Stuart into his house for the first time (about 7-8 minutes into the film) the shadow of the camera falls on the door as he closes it. See more »

Quotes

Stuart Shorter: I was really surprised, Alexander, to be honest... I thought that middle class people had something wrong with them, you know?... But they're just ordinary, aren't they?
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A must-see for fans of Tom Hardy or Benedict Cumberbatch
16 December 2014 | by angelofvicSee all my reviews

This BBC movie is fabulous.

It's a true story, based on the book of the same title.

Tom Hardy is Stuart Shorter, a gifted but troubled homeless man.

Benedict Cumberbatch is author Alexander Masters, who accidentally befriends him and finds him delightful company.

This is a must-see for fans of either of those actors.

Unexpected, real, quirky, funny, touching, and weird or occasionally disturbing, but not excessively so.

Mainly fascinating.

It's very well acted, and a moving film.

The film unfolds in a fascinating way, and is easy to follow and understand, while at the same time being very moving.

Definitely worth seeking out and viewing!


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