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Noises Off Details


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. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

  • Release date:March 20, 1992


Carol Burnett
as Dotty Otley
Michael Caine
as Lloyd Fellowes
Denholm Elliott
as Selsdon Mowbray/The Burglar
Marilu Henner
as Belinda Blair
Julie Hagerty
as Poppy Taylor
Mark Linn-Baker
as Tim Allgood
Christopher Reeve
as Frederick Dallas
John Ritter
as Roger Tramplemain
Nicollette Sheridan
as Brooke Ashton
L.B. Straten
as Broadway Stagehand
Nicollette Sheridan
as Vicki
Jack McCall
as Broadway Usher
Roger Michelson
as Company Lighting Technician
Carol Burnett
as Mrs. Clackett
Kim Sebastian
as Cleveland Stagehand
Matthew Robert Gottlieb
as Additional Stagehand
Cleveland O'Neal
as Miami Electrician
Kate Rich
as Des Moines Stagehand
Christopher Reeve
as Philip Brent
Andrew Mapp
as Broadway Usher
Zoe Cassavetes
as Miami Stagehand
John Ritter
as Garry Lejeune
Marilu Henner
as Flavia Brent
Keith Crowningshield
as Broadway Usher
Drummond Erskine
as Backstage Doorman
Dana Marley
as Additional Stagehand
Dick Corman
as Additional Stagehand
J. Christopher Sullivan
as Miami Backstage Guard


Peter Bogdanovich
Peter Bogdanovich
Frank Marshall
Kathleen Kennedy
Michael Frayn
Play Author
Michael Frayn
Marty Kaplan
Tim Suhrstedt
Phil Marshall
Composer (Music Score)
Norman Newberry
Production Designer
Daniel Maltese
Art Director
Steve Starkey
Joan Bradshaw
Associate Producer
L.B. Straten
Associate Producer
Betsy Cox
Costume Designer
Richard L. Anderson
Supervising Sound Editor