Synopsis: Cecily, Reggie, and Wilfred are in a home for retired musicians. Every year, on October 10, there is a concert to celebrate Verdi's birthday and they take part. Jean, who used to be married to Reggie, arrives at the home and disrupts their equilibrium. She still acts like a diva, but she refuses to sing. Still, the show must go on... and it does.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Dustin Hoffman
Production: The Weinstein Co.
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min

Thank you, ladies.

Octavia's usual spot.

- Is that OK for you?

- Yes.


# Oh, ooohhhhhhhh! #

# La-la-la-la-la,

la-la-la-la-lah, lah... #

# Godiamo, la tazza,

la tazza e il cantico

# La notte abbella e il riso... #

#... in questo, in questo paradiso

# Ne scopra il nuovo di

# Ah! Ah! Ne scopra il di

# Ah! Ah! Ne scopra il di

# Ahhhh

# Ne scopra il di, ne scopra il nuovo

# Diiii! #

# Siiii! #

Nowhere near where you should be, Bobby.

Give me the score, will you?

Wilf, the gala's only a month away.

I couldn't work out

what you were doing.

Can we take it from the top, please?

# Ah, si, godiamo, godiamo, godiamo

# La tazza e il cantico... #

Bobby, you're going

too fast for me.

- I'm sorry, Cedric.

- It's 'Cee-dric'.

Oh, Cee-dric. Could you give me

the intro again, please?

# Ah, si, godiamo... #

You did it again! I'm on fire here

and you're holding me back!

Be quiet!

You find this amusing. I don't!

It won't be amusing

if they shut this place down.

# Ah, si, godiamo, godiamo, godiamo,

la tazza e il cantico... #

Thank you, Nigel. You are so kind

to do that. Thank you. Now stop, please.

- # Godiamo... #

- The man said thank you. That's it.

- Is there no end to your bloody talent?

- Cissy! Please... pay... attention.

- Ready.

- You must listen.

Never bother with him, Cissy.

He's a bully.

Now, Lottie, in bars 17, 18 and 19,

you were deeply flat.

No, I don't think I was.

I think the piano needs tuning.

Anne, darling,

would you mind singing it for us?

I don't do chorus, Cedric. I never have.

I achieved immediate

international success at the Royal Opera

when I was only 21 years old.

Cedric, we should have been

using this room five minutes ago.

Oh, yeah.

The space is entirely yours, gentlemen.

The rehearsals are over. Come on, Bobby.

Come on. Hurry up.

# Ahhh, la-la

# Dee-dee-dee, dee-dee-dee

# Da-da-da, da-da-da-da-da,

da-da, dee-dee-dee

# Dee-dee

# Ah-ah-ah, ah-ah-ah

# Ah-ah-ahhhh

# Oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-ohhhh

# Ohhhh. #


You're making a fool of my part.

Reggie, it's empty.

You can't save seats, Reg.

He's not coming.

- Wilf, he's not coming.

- Why now?

You seem to think

that you own the thing.

We've been sitting at this table

since I first came here.

- That's precisely the point.

- It's not fair, Reggie.

We want the window

sometimes, don't we?

Yes. If this place has to shut down

in six months, which it very well might,

then I want to try and remember

I once had a f***ing window seat.

Excuse me, please.

You can't deny it, Wilf,

you soloists would be lost without us.

Say that once more, and I swear

I'll ram a fork up yourjacksy, Harry.

- He's right, Wilf.

- Anybody got a fork?

- And you know he is.

- Make that two forks.

Ah, merci, Angelique. Have you

done something new to your hair?

- No, I just put my fringe in front.

- Oh, I love your fringe in front.

I give you extra slice

of fried bread this morning.

- I noticed.

- And your favourite - apricot jam.

Oh. Magnifique, Angelique.

Fancy vous a little rumpy-pumpy

ce soir?

Qu'est-ce que c'est,


Oh, secrets of the marriage bed,

you'll have to answer my proposal

at once.

Bon apptit.

- Cissy, Cissy!

- Ready.

- Remember the emergency meeting, 12:15.

- Cedric. Cedric.

- Breakfast time.

- This is critical.

All members of the gala committee,

please note,

we have a serious problem

with our star tenor, Frank White.

As such, there's an emergency meeting

at 12 noon - precisely.

Reggie, don't forget to remind me.

I'll set my watch.

Hey, what's this? Look.

- Didn't you say today was the day, Reg?

- What's today?

Tadek setting off

to fetch the new arrival.

- There's to be a new arrival?

- Cissy, we've talked about it for days.

- You too.

- Really?

- Yeah.

- Who is it?

- They'd only send the van for a star.

- Mm-hm.

When I came,

I had to pay for me own taxi.

They sent a private car

with a chauffeur for me.

This is a replacement

for Leonard Timms.

He was a real dear friend of mine.

I'm really gonna miss him terribly.

He was a genius, you know.

He could fart at will.

Yeah, Wilf, we're having breakfast.

- I'm not kidding.

- But don't let that stop you.

I swear it's true.

I saw it with my own eyes.

He got down on all fours

and went into a meditative state.

And when he was ready, he could exhale

and inhale through his anal canal.

- I suppose that's the stroke talking.

- I suppose it must be.

Hey, Cissy, do you think I could replace

Nobby for a quick one in the long grass?

You have the nicest tits

I've ever seen in my life.

Thank you.

Reg, you've got to try this jam.

It is unbelievable.

It's like eating Christmas.

Be careful with that one.

It's fragile.

I come back for the trunk. And for you.

I... I... I apologise.

Please be kind.

We were different people then.

Be kind. Be kind.

I can't do this. I can't. Stop. Stop.

- You say to me something?

- What did you say?

- Why are we stopping?

- We are not.

- We're on the way.

- Right.

- Should I call Dr Cogan?

- No. No, thank you.

These hydrangeas are beautiful.

Do you like them, Marta?

Yes, I do, but I would never

put on my table.

Well, well, well, this is new.

I've never seen you

arranging flowers before, Dr Cogan.

Really, Wilf? Haven't you noticed we've

cut down on staff in the past months?

And is this for the new arrival? Is it?

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Ronald Harwood

Sir Ronald Harwood, CBE, FRSL (born Ronald Horwitz; 9 November 1934) is an author, playwright and screenwriter. He is most noted for his plays for the British stage as well as the screenplays for The Dresser (for which he was nominated for an Oscar) and The Pianist, for which he won the 2003 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. He was nominated for the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007). more…

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