The Dresser
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The complicated relationship of two men who have given their lives to the theater forms the basis for this acclaimed drama. During World War II, an aging but once famous Shakespearean actor, addressed by his cast and crew only as "Sir" (Albert Finney), continues to tour the British theater circuit with a rag tag group of elderly and handicapped actors who are exempt from military service. Sir has grown frustrated, senile, and is on the verge of a nervous breakdown; he's come to rely upon his dresser Norman (Tom Courtenay), an endlessly loyal homosexual who would do anything for… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Superb, Oscar-nominated performannces by Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay make this play-to-screen melodrama about backstage theater life in WWII England quite enjoyable."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Gives a wonderful behind-the-scenes look at the theatre business"
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"The showbiz drama should be especially appealing to theater lovers."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Fascinating character study with standout turns by Finney and Courtenay."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
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