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This unadorned biography of playwright Joe Orton (Gary Oldman) charts his bawdy, dangerous relationships. Alfred Molina plays Orton's brutish lover, Kenneth Halliwell, a pathetic figure who becomes horrific and then tragic before the film is over. The hilarity of scenes from such Orton plays as Loot and What the Butler Saw is evenly balanced by the bleakness of the playwright's tormented (and tormenting) off-stage existence, which ended suddenly at age 34 with half a dozen blows to the head from a hammer. Prick Up Your Ears is based on the book by theater critic John Lahr, who is played in the film by Wallace Shawn. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:April 17, 1987

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Stephen Frears Best Foreign Film 1987 Nominee
New York Film Critics Circle Vanessa Redgrave Best Supporting Actress 1987 Winner
Cannes Film Festival Stanley Myers Best Artistic Contribution 1987 Winner

Cast

Gary Oldman
as Joe Orton
Alfred Molina
as Kenneth Halliwell
Vanessa Redgrave
as Peggy Ramsay
Wallace Shawn
as John Lahr
Julie Walters
as Elsie Orton
Frances Barber
as Leonie Orton
Lindsay Duncan
as Anthea Lahr
Janet Dale
as Mrs. Sugden
Dave Atkins
as Mr. Sugden
Simon Adams
as Undertaker's Boy
David Bradley
as Undertaker
Mark Brignal
as Beatles' Chauffeur
David Cardy
as Brian Epstein
Antony Carrick
as Counsel
Garry Cooper
as Actor
Philippa Davies
as Peggy Ramsay's Secretary
Noel Davis
as Philip
Anthony Douse
as BBC Actor
Neil Dudgeon
as Policeman
Christopher Guinee
as Publisher
Robin Hooper
as Mortuary Attendant
Richard Ireson
as Man Outside Lavatory
Karl Johnson
as Douglas Orton
Julie Legrand
as Gallery owner
Spencer Leigh
as Constable
Steven Mackintosh
as Simon Ward
Charles McKowen
as Mr. Cunliffe
John Moffatt
as Wigmaker
Michael Mueller
as BBC Actor
Roger Lloyd Pack
as Actor
Jonathan Phillips
as Youth Outside Lavatory
Neville Phillips
as Man in Gallery
Stella Richman
as Women in Gallery
Stevan Rimkus
as Kenneth
John Salthouse
as Chauffeur
Joan Sanderson
as Anthea's Mother
Neville Smith
as Police Inspector
Liam Staic
as Brickie
Sian Thomas
as Marilyn Orton
Richard Wilson
as Psychiatrist
Bert Parnaby
as Magistrate
Margaret Tyzack
as Mme. Lambert
Stephen Bill
as George Barnett
Selina Cadell
as Miss Datersby
William Job
as RADA Chairman
Rosalind Knight
as RADA Judge
Angus MacKay
as RADA Judge
Helena Michell
as Orton's Friend
Sean Pertwee
as Orton's Friend
Eric Richard
as Education Officer
Linda Spurrier
as RADA Instructor
Max Stafford-Clark
as Honourable President
Charlotte Wodehouse
as Janet
Philippa Davies
as Peggy Ramsay's Secretary
Stella Richman
as Women in Gallery
Antony Carrick
as Counsel
Liam Staic
as Brickie
William Job
as RADA Chairman
Charlotte Wodehouse
as Janet
John Salthouse
as Chauffeur
Neville Phillips
as Man in Gallery
Jonathan Phillips
as Youth Outside Lavatory
Karl Johnson
as Douglas Orton
Stephen Bill
as George Barnett
Christopher Guinee
as Publisher
Roger Lloyd Pack
as Actor
Richard Ireson
as Man Outside Lavatory
Garry Cooper
as Actor
Linda Spurrier
as RADA Instructor
David Cardy
as Brian Epstein
Neil Dudgeon
as Policeman
Mark Brignal
as Beatles' Chauffeur
Robin Hooper
as Mortuary Attendant
Richard Wilson
as Psychiatrist
Sian Thomas
as Marilyn Orton
Joan Sanderson
as Anthea's Mother
Stevan Rimkus
as Kenneth
Julie Legrand
as Gallery owner
Anthony Douse
as BBC Actor
Sean Pertwee
as Orton's Friend
Steven Mackintosh
as Simon Ward
John Moffatt
as Wigmaker
Angus MacKay
as RADA Judge
Max Stafford-Clark
as Honourable President
Charles McKowen
as Mr. Cunliffe
Michael Mueller
as BBC Actor
David Bradley
as Undertaker
Eric Richard
as Education Officer
Selina Cadell
as Miss Datersby
Simon Adams
as Undertaker's Boy
Margaret Tyzack
as Mme. Lambert
Helena Michell
as Orton's Friend
Spencer Leigh
as Constable
Noel Davis
as Philip
Bert Parnaby
as Magistrate
Neville Smith
as Police Inspector
Rosalind Knight
as RADA Judge

Crew

Stephen Frears
Director
Andrew Brown
Producer
Alan Bennett
Screenwriter
John Lahr
Book Author
Oliver Stapleton
Cinematographer
John Harle
Musical Direction/Supervision
Paul McCartney
Songwriter
John Lennon
Featured Music
Stanley Myers
Composer (Music Score)
Stanley Myers
Songwriter
Richard Myhill
Songwriter
Mick Audsley
Editor
Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski
Production Designer
Philip Elton
Art Director
Philip Elton
Set Designer
Bob Ringwood
Costume Designer
Michael Zimbrich
First Assistant Director
Ann Wingate
Production Manager
Debbie McWilliams
Casting
Elaine Carew
Makeup
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