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Noises Off1992

Noises Off (1992)




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Michael Frayn's frantic West End and Broadway farce makes a literal transformation to the screen in Peter Bogdanoch's faithful adaptation, which is transplanted from the London suburbs to Des Moines, Iowa to accommodate the (mostly) American cast. Michael Caine stars as director Lloyd Fellowes, assigned to bring the successful British sex farce "Nothing On" to the boards in America. In an intricate technical rehearsal, Lloyd puts his cast through their paces -- Garry Lejuene (John Ritter), an obliging feature actor; Dotty Otley (Carol Burnett), a fading theatrical star; Frederick Dallas (Christopher Reeve), a handsome leading man who demands to know the motivation behind every scene; Brooke Ashton (Nicollette Sheridan), the sexy leading lady; Belinda Blair (Marilu Henner), the seen-it-all second female lead; and Seldson Mawbray (Denholm Elliot), the inebriated character actor. The technical rehearsal goes off without a hitch, but as the play travels the country in pre-Broadway performances, the eccentricities of the cast come to the fore and the performances in Des Moines and Cleveland are complete disasters.

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Kate Rich
as Des Moines Stagehand
Zoe Cassavetes
as Miami Stagehand
Bronson Dudler
as Bum at Curb
Kim Sebastian
as Cleveland Stagehand
L.B. Straten
as Broadway Stagehand
J. Christopher Sullivan
as Miami Backstage Guard
Kimberly Neville
as Miami Usher
Cleveland O'Neal
as Miami Electrician
Roger Michelson
as Company Lighting Technician
Joe Hanna
as Company Soundman
Rosie DeSanctis
as Backstage Visitor
Jack McCall
as Broadway Usher
Keith Crowningshield
as Broadway Usher
Andrew Mapp
as Broadway Usher
Dianna Agostini
as Broadway Theatergoer
Bronson Dudley
as Bum at Curb
Drummond Erskine
as Backstage Doorman
Robert Armstrong
as Additional Stagehand
Dick Corman
as Additional Stagehand
Wendy Dawn Wilson
as Additional Stagehand
Matthew Robert Gottlieb
as Additional Stagehand
Dana Marley
as Additional Stagehand
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Critic Reviews for Noises Off

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (3)

It unavoidably loses some of its brilliance on film: much of the fun was the suspense of seeing live actors survive the demands of the slapstick. But Bogdanovich's frenetic transplant supplies so many belly laughs it seems ill-spirited to complain.

February 8, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Sexual innuendo in farce about actors putting on a play.

July 11, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

one can't help laughing at at least some of the film's best gags

June 10, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

Extremely energetic theater farce benefits from a colorful (and inexhaustable) ensemble.

April 3, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

Works much better as stage vehicle, but loaded with stars and laughs.

October 30, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Someone turned the farce up to eleven.

August 20, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Noises Off

Muito engraçado, diversão do inicio ao fim.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

I can't imagine how this play is accomplished on live stage (and it is). Well I have seen a live theater version of this play now, and I still can't imagine the talent necessary to make it as successful as the movie. A miscast character can ruin quite a few scenes and it is hard to get the entrances and exits as snappy as this appears 'cause there is the benefit of cutting the film. The ensemble cast in this movie is outstanding. And I can't praise the TIMING of the action and dialog enough! This is THE farce to end all farces!

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer


Drama club people like this type of stuff. Those darn drama club people. The real play was good, but did I really need to see a movie of a play of a play?

Curtis Lilly
Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

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