Prick Up Your Ears

by Stephen Frears 1h45min United Kingdom 1987
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Film details

Prick Up Your Ears
by Stephen Frears

This movie is the story of the spectacular life and violent death of British playwright Joe Orton (Gary Oldman). In his teens, Orton is befriended by the older, more reserved Kenneth Halliwell (Alfred Molina), and while the two begin a relationship, it's fairly obvious that it's not all about sex. Orton loves the dangers of bath-houses and liaisons in public restrooms; Halliwell, not as charming or attractive as Orton, doesn't fare so well in those environments. While both long to become writers, it is Orton who achieves fame. 

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  • Gary Oldman : Joe Orton
  • Alfred Molina : Kenneth Halliwell
  • Vanessa Redgrave : Peggy Ramsay
  • And with: Wallace Shawn, Lindsay Duncan, Julie Walters, James Grant, Frances Barber, Janet Dale


  • Director Stephen Frears
  • Scenario Alan Bennett
  • Original work author John Lahr
  • Photo director Oliver Stapleton
  • Set Design Philip Elton
  • Costume Design Bob Ringwood
  • Editing Mick Audsley
  • Original music Stanley Myers
  • Producer Andrew Brown
  • Production Compagny Civilhand, Zenith Entertainment Ltd.
  • Distributor ITV Angleterre

Technical information

  • Aspect ratio1,85:1
  • Printed film format35 mm
  • Original sound mixMono
  • Production1987
  • Release date for France11/11/1987
  • CategoryFeature film
  • ColorColors
  • LanguageEnglish
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