Staircase (1969) - Rotten Tomatoes

Staircase (1969)




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Two aging homosexual hair stylists deal with their invalid mother's and their own mortality in Staircase. Harry (Richard Burton) is the younger, more troubled man who shares an upstairs apartment with Charlie (Rex Harrison). Harry deals with Charlie's constant insults as Charlie waits for a summons to appear in court for dressing like a woman. Harry's mother (Catherine Nesbitt) stays with the couple as he helps her with her debilitating arthritis. Charlie visits his mother in the hospital, but the woman suffers from dementia and can no longer recognize her own son. Harry, self conscious over his balding hair, wears either a turban or a very bad toupee in the film. Harry agrees to stand by Charlie as he nervously waits for his court date, taking Charlie's insults in stride. After 30 years, the two argumentative lovers agree to continue their relationship in this depressing drama with tinges of homosexual humor. Music provided by Dudley Moore.


Rex Harrison
as Charlie
Cathleen Nesbitt
as Harry's Mother
Beatrix Lehmann
as Charlie's Mother
Neil Wilson
as Policeman
Gordon Heath
as Postman
Avril Angers
as Miss Ricard
Shelagh Fraser
as Cub Mistress
Dermot Kelly
as Gravedigger
Jake Kavanagh
as Choirboy
Rogers and Starr
as Drag Singers
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Critic Reviews for Staircase

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

Stanley Donen's Staircase is an unpleasant exercise in bad taste -- in taste so bad, in fact, you wonder how Donen, who directed Singin' in the Rain and Bedazzled could have directed it.

October 30, 2004 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Richard Burton commands and owns the film. [Full Review in Spanish]

July 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Harrison and Burton give the central relationship a lived-in quality and a gentleness that can be devastating in the film's rare but welcome quiet moments.

September 4, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Positively appalling.

October 29, 2004 | Rating: 0/5

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