The Entertainer

Synopsis: On the far side of middle age, Archie Rice lives in a British seaside resort with his father, retired successful vaudevillian Billy Rice, second wife Phoebe Rice, and doting son Frank Rice. Following in retired Billy's footsteps, Archie is a song-and-dance music hall headliner, with Frank supporting his dad as his shows' stage manager. The waning popularity of Archie's type of shows, a dying form of entertainment, is not helped by Archie's stale second rate material, which brings in small unappreciative crowds. Archie clings to his long held lifestyle, including heavy drinking and chronic infidelity, of which Phoebe is aware. What Archie has not told his offspring is that Phoebe was his mistress while he was still married to their now deceased mother. His want to be a music hall headliner is despite his financial problems, he an undischarged bankrupt who now signs Phoebe's name to everything. Phoebe wants them to escape this life to something more stable, such as the offer from her rel
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Tony Richardson
Production: Continental
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min

- I'll do it.

- Good lad. Come on.

Don't come any further.

There's my mob there.

- Goodbye, love.

- Bye.

- Stick in the back if there's shooting.

- You bet.

- Go up and see Phoebe and the old boy.

- I'm going to.

Goodbye, Graham.

Are you two getting married?

- Ask her.

- Well, make her! It's what Jean needs.

I'll bring you back a fuzzy-wuzzy

for your wedding present. Bye.

- Bye-bye.

- Goodbye.

Let's go.

- Do you want to eat somewhere?

- No, thanks.

- It might cheer you up.

- I want to go home.

All right.

- Do you want to come?

- What about the landlady?

We'll beat her up.

I've been longing to tell you all day.

They want a decision pretty soon.

- Why Africa?

- The firm's expanding out there.

You know - young men, big opportunities.

- Do you want to go?

- Yes, I do. I've thought about it a lot.

We could get married next month.

Supposing I don't want to go, Graham?

Would you go just the same?

- I don't think that's a fair question.

- No, but I'm asking it.

- If we married it might change your mind.

- What if I didn't?

- Why do you want to go?

- I've told you.

Big opportunities. Big deal.

You love me, don't you?

You still want to marry me?

- Of course.

- Then why do we argue?

I don't understand you.

There's nothing to keep you here.


Nothing but a bunch of teddy boys

who ought to be put in jail.

Don't pretend you can't leave

that deadbeat family of yours.

Can't you understand?

This job means something to me.

I'm not good enough to paint myself,

but this is something I really can do.

Maybe the first term has been hell,

but I'm not going to give up.

There's nothing to keep us here.

You've never stopped saying everything

about this country's dead. I agree.

This would be a wonderful chance

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John Osborne

John James Osborne (Fulham, London, 12 December 1929 – 24 December 1994) was an English playwright, screenwriter and actor, known for his excoriating prose and intense critical stance towards established social and political norms. The success of his 1956 play Look Back in Anger transformed English theatre. In a productive life of more than 40 years, Osborne explored many themes and genres, writing for stage, film and TV. His personal life was extravagant and iconoclastic. He was notorious for the ornate violence of his language, not only on behalf of the political causes he supported but also against his own family, including his wives and children. Osborne was one of the first writers to address Britain's purpose in the post-imperial age. He was the first to question the point of the monarchy on a prominent public stage. During his peak (1956–1966), he helped make contempt an acceptable and now even cliched onstage emotion, argued for the cleansing wisdom of bad behaviour and bad taste, and combined unsparing truthfulness with devastating wit. more…

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