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The Dresser (1983)




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The delicate symbiosis between a boozy, ungracefully aging actor, who manages a Shakespearean troupe, and his dresser provides the basis for this thoughtful drama. Set amidst WWII as the theatre troupe is touring the British Isles, the story unfolds episodically.

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Edward Fox
as Oxenby
Zena Walker
as Her Ladyship
Michael Gough
as Frank Carrington
Betty Marsden
as Violet Manning
Sheila Reid
as Lydia Gibson
Lockwood West
as Geoffrey Thornton
Donald Eccles
as Mr. Godstone
Llewellyn Rees
as Horace Brown
Kevin Stoney
as C. Rivers Lane
Ann Way
as Miss White
John Sharp
as Mr. Bottomley
Kathy Staff
as Bombazine Woman
Roger Avon
as Charles
Christopher Irvin
as Evelyn, the Airman
Stuart Richman
as Evelyn's Friend
Sandra Gough
as Actress on Station
Johnny Waxfield
as Electrician
Paul Luty
as Stallkeeper
Lori Wells
as Barmaid
Alan Starkey
as Train Guard
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Critic Reviews for The Dresser

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (1)

This is the best sort of drama, fascinating us on the surface with color and humor and esoteric detail, and then revealing the truth underneath.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Oscar-nominated British drama has drinking, iffy language.

January 19, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Superb, Oscar-nominated performannces by Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay make this play-to-screen melodrama about backstage theater life in WWII England quite enjoyable.

March 8, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The showbiz drama should be especially appealing to theater lovers.

October 28, 2008 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Fascinating character study with standout turns by Finney and Courtenay.

January 3, 2005 | Rating: 5/5

Gives a wonderful behind-the-scenes look at the theatre business

July 23, 2003 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Dresser

The exquisite dialogue and the Oscar-nominated performances by Finney and Courtenay, who are no less than splendid together, are what makes this drama so engaging, centered on such a fascinating and complex relationship between the two characters.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Finney and Courtenay give inspired performances and the wonderful dialogue certainly doesn't hurt. It may be the definitive film about the relationship between actors and designers.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer

Tom Courtenay and Albert Finney are absolutely fantastic in depicting two individuals who keep doing what they are comfortable in doing as the world comes crashing down around them.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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