Prick Up Your Ears (1987)

Stephen Frears directs this biographical drama focusing on controversial British playwright Joe Orton, revealed in flashback after his murder by lover Kenneth Halliwell. Born in 1933 in Leicester, in the English Midlands, John 'Joe' Orton moves to London in 1951, to study at RADA, and enjoys an openly gay relationship with Halliwell in their famous Islington flat in the 1960s. However, when Orton achieves spectacular success with such plays as 'What the Butler Saw' and 'Loot', Halliwell begins to feel alienated and the pair's future looks increasingly uncertain.

Directing:
  • Stephen Frears

Writing:
  • Alan Bennett
  • John Lahr

Stars:
Release Date: 1987-04-17
TMDb: 6.8/10
  • Country: GB
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 111
Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman
Joe Orton
Frances Barber
Frances Barbe...
Leonie Orton
Wallace Shawn
Wallace Shawn
John Lahr
Alfred Molina
Alfred Molina
Kenneth Halliwell
Julie Walters
Julie Walters
Elsie Orton
Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgr...
Peggy Ramsay
Garry Cooper
Garry Cooper
Mr. Sloane Actor
Lindsay Duncan
Lindsay Dunca...
Anthea Lahr
Sean Pertwee
Sean Pertwee
Orton's Friends
Selina Cadell
Selina Cadell
Miss Battersby
Neil Dudgeon
Neil Dudgeon
Policeman
Richard Wilson
Richard Wilso...
Psychiatrist
Steven Mackintosh
Steven Mackin...
Simon Ward
Roger Lloyd-Pack
Roger Lloyd-P...
Actor 2
Karl Johnson
Karl Johnson
Douglas Orton
David Bradley
David Bradley
Undertaker
Roger Lloyd Pack
Roger Lloyd P...
Actor 2
Margaret Tyzack
Margaret Tyza...
Madame Lambert
Joan Sanderson
Joan Sanderso...
Anthea's Mother
Spencer Leigh
Spencer Leigh
Constable
Neville Smith
Neville Smith
Police Inspector
David Cardy
David Cardy
Brian Epstein
Charles McKeown
Charles McKeo...
Mr Cunliffe
Rosalind Knight
Rosalind Knig...
RADA Judge
Antony Carrick
Antony Carric...
Counsel
Michael Müller
Michael Mülle...
BBC Actor
Jonny Phillips
Jonny Phillip...
Youth Outside Lavatory
Sian Thomas
Sian Thomas
Marilyn Orton
Robin Hooper
Robin Hooper
Mortuary Attendant
Derek Jarman
Derek Jarman
Patrick Proktor
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