Quartet

12A Certificate

1hr 38mins

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Starring: Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly, Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins, Sheridan Smith, Andrew Sachs

Directed by: Dustin Hoffman

The plot: Beecham House is a retirement home for opera singers and musicians, who are in the twilight of their glorious careers. Run with a gentle touch by on-staff medic Dr Lucy Cogan, the facility is full of colourful characters including Reginald, Wilf and Cissy, who used to perform together. Their humdrum routines at Beecham House are thrown into disarray by the arrival of Jean, Reg's ex-wife and the fourth member of their old quartet.

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Orange movie-goers' reactions


  • " It was brilliant. We loved it" — Victoria, 42, darlington
  • " Easy watching , with plenty of humour . Storyline was obvious but it was a great vehicle for some incredible , talented actors ." — Dave, 52, Devon
  • " The swearing was inappropriate and the film never really "got going". " — Kate, 44
  • " Hoffman nailed this film. It was warm and sensitive to the problems of onsetting age. If I need to go in a home book me into Beechams please" — Helen butler, 69, Uddingston
  • " O.M.G i love up it is my num one film whoy" — Jade smanther sturart, 29, Birmingham
  • " A lovely film but I was so disappointed not to see and hear the quartet sing, it's what the whole film was about. " — Dot, 68
  • " Brilliant recommend..makes you appreciate living" — Patreesa humphreys, 65, Merthyr tydfil
  • " A lovely story well told. " — Moonmin, 57, Castle Bromwich
  • " Incredible. Fantastic cast. Superb acting and music. Witty script. Couldn't ask for more. " — Beryl, 78, Norwich
  • " I loved this film. It is certainly the best one I have seen in the last twelve months. some delightful character studies plus lots of classical music and a bonus exposition of rap. Bring on the DVD; I want to relive it." — Barrie, 74, Brighton
  • " A very slender story line but some well-developed characters make a comfortable glow of an evening's entertainment. Surprised to see a few ropey shots among some lovely images in a fine location." — Ian
  • " Delightful - and thought-provoking for someone of my age!" — John, 66, St Albans


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The Guardian

"Hoffman has delivered a love letter to the elderly thesps of his adoptive country. We can forgive him its falsehoods."

Total Film

"As cozy as a mug of Horlicks inside an electric blanket, Hoffman's film couldn't offend if it tried."

Digital Spy

"Quartet has a warmth and charm that'll likely make it a firm hit with the same crowd that turned out for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel."

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