The Dresser
The Dresser (1983)

The delicate symbiosis between a boozy, ungracefully aging actor, who manages a Shakespearean troupe, and his dresser provides the basis for this thoughtful drama. Set amidst WWII as the theatre troupe is touring the British Isles, the… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 6, 1983
DVD Release Date: April 6, 2004
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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Gives a wonderful behind-the-scenes look at the theatre business

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The showbiz drama should be especially appealing to theater lovers.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Fascinating character study with standout turns by Finney and Courtenay.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
The exquisite dialogue and the Oscar-nominated performances by Finney and Courtenay, who are no less than splendid together, are what makes this drama so… More
Alec Barniskis
Finney and Courtenay give inspired performances and the wonderful dialogue certainly doesn't hurt. It may be the definitive film about the relationship… More
Arash Xak
Impressive & fun with exciting parallels & good perfs, pity it's overlooked
Dimitris Springer
Captivating,a truly unknown film investigating and studying the behind-the-scenes of the theater and their comical/versatile characters.Striking environmental… More
John Ballantine
Tom Courtenay and Albert Finney are absolutely fantastic in depicting two individuals who keep doing what they are comfortable in doing as the world comes… More