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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

Or is that a secret?

Is it, Marta?

Is that a new skirt you're wearing,

Dr Cogan?

It clings beautifully to you.

And how it accentuates

your already beautiful legs.

My goodness.

What do you think of that, Marta?

I don't talk such things.

You're overstepping the line, Wilf.

Go for your walk.

I would love to,

if only you would come with me.

Go for your walk.

May I?

I wonder if you could help me. I can

never do this without my glasses.

I can't see a thing.

You don't have a buttonhole, Wilf.

Well, there you go.

You know, I could propose to you, but

this is as close to kneeling as I get.

Go for your walk.

Sure. Would you like to join me, Marta?

I don't do such things.

He's a very naughty boy, Marta.

He could be your father

or your grandfather.

Like that. OK?

Swing it close to the ground.

That's it. That's it. Like a pendulum.

Just like this.

When you're finished

being a croquet expert, Nigel,

I have a pound says

I'll kick your arse.

Ah, the way you play,

you probably will.

You forget.

I saw your Barber Of Seville,

and your singing

brought tears to my ears.

Saw you in Carmen,

I'll never forget it, but I'll try.

- Morning, Nobby.

- Ah, morning, Mr Bond.

- Simon, what's up?

- All good, mate.

Oh, by the way, Nobby,

if you get a chance,

I could use another one of the usual.

- Do you need any money?

- No, it's alright.

Look, I've got some change from last

time. I'll stick it in the usual place.

Oh, and watch it, Cissy Robson's

been looking for you all morning.

Can't think why. I'm the

most attractive man in the place.

La donna mobile

I read somewhere that the average man

thinks of sex every seven seconds.

Do you?

I wish it was only every

seven seconds.

Do you know,

the first time I set eyes on her,

I thought she was

the most beautiful, sexiest creature

I'd ever clapped my eyes on.


Oh, Cissy, Cissy, my love,

can you imagine the passionate love

we might have made?

But it's not too late.

We can still dive beneath the blankets

and cuddle till the end of time.

- What do you say to that, sweetie?

- Ready.

Why are you laughing?

You'll never guess what I've been

listening to. Our Rigoletto.

We are so lovely...

- Uh, Cissy, the gala committee.

- Oh...

This was the last time we sang it.

Remember, Reggie?

- Why have they reissued it?

- I don't know.

I remember the recording session,

the production, everything,

like it was yesterday,

and yet I can't remember

what I had for breakfast this morning.

- Apricot jam.

- 'Rigoletto - Horton and Paget'.

My name isn't there, of course.

I should've been top of the bill,

I had the name part.

Still, I made a living from it,

which was all I really wanted.

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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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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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