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Peter's Friends (1992)

Rita Rudner , Stephen Fry , Kenneth Branagh  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rita Rudner, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson, Tony Slattery
  • Directors: Kenneth Branagh
  • Format: Color, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: February 12, 2008
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0010AN7Y0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,677 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Peter's Friends" on IMDb

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Genre: Feature Film-Comedy
Rating: R
Release Date: 12-FEB-2008
Media Type: DVD

What if you could go back to your glory days? Peter's Friends, sort of The Big Chill reconceived as an Agatha Christie country-estate drama, lets a group of university pals ponder that question while they must deal with their present-day demons. Kenneth Branagh's film, written by costar Rita Rudner and Martin Bergman, is buoyed by its vast and talented cast, whose chemistry keeps the action crackling, even when most of the action is the characters speaking. The friends are reunited at Peter's posh country home after the death of his father, for one last New Year's Eve. The bons mots fly, and the interaction of the actors is, as the Brits say, brilliant. Peter (played by the sublime Stephen Fry): "It's funny, with both my parents gone, I suddenly have this overwhelming urge to act maturely." Andrew (Branagh): "Oh, well, I don't think anybody really matures. Adults are just children who owe money." Yet buried among the one-liners and drawing-room manners are disappointment, heartbreak, and a heavy secret (which, many years after the film's original 1992 release, doesn't pack the same wallop). Emma Thompson shows nuance and delight as Maggie while Hugh Laurie shows his dramatic capabilities. Other winning performances are given by Imelda Staunton and Tony Slattery. The setting is an absolute stunner, and viewers will wish they could spend a holiday at the manor. And the soundtrack will transport them to a sweeter time in the early '80s, when "Everybody Wants to Rule the World." Cozy up for a delightfully unexpected evening with these Friends. --A.T. Hurley

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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great movie is hard to find, but I found one! January 28, 2001
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A truly touching film about 6 friends (not exactly Friends), this independant from 1992 film won my heart. With a brilliant opening scene, and the credits traveling from the last time they were all together in 1982 (with political break throughs and famous people littering the screne set to the great Tears for Fears tune "Everybody Wants to Rule the World") and a brilliant story line, Peter's Friends is once of the best independant films out there. Directed and acted by the great British Kenneth Branaugh with Emma Thompson, Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry as Peter, and Imelda Staunton, it's no wonder this is such a terrific flick.
Set on New Year's Eve, 1992, each person comes to Peter's estate for one last new years in his house, since Peter's father died. It has been 10 years since they had all been together, performing a small cabaret show to anyone who would actually want them there to perform. Now, all the friends have been married, movied away, or in destructive (or no) relationships. During the course of the weekend, they all rediscover one another as well as discover who they are. With an pwerful script, setting, and cast of characters, Peter's Friends is one of the best. I completely recommend you see it and enjoy yourselves. It's brilliant, so have fun!!!
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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How often do you see a movie in which women are acknowledging how their egos, denied feelings, self-destructive behaviors and deep lonliness are making them obliterate their relationships before the men in their lives ever have a chance to? And how often do you see that without the kind of heavy handed comedy that is usually designed as a secret apology for doing anything but infantilizing women via romance and triumph over victimization?
That alone makes the movie worth seeing. The men and women in this film are going through a lot of stuff, not the least of which wishing they could go back to the time when life seemed to make sense- when they were all together and much closer as friends. But they can only move forward: they can only accept the degree to which they are products of their environment, and how that degree is much smaller than what they would like to believe- in fact, to what degree they constructed their environments through their choices in life. One couple, married, still grieving the death of a child, must face the anger at each other and themselves- and God- before it destroys their marriage like a cancer; and the husband leads the way. One woman must face how she manipulates men into severing their relationships with other women for her, only to blow them off dazed and brokenhearted when there is nothing left to stand in the way of her committing herself to them, including their old lives. Another must come to terms with his sexuality enough to share it with his friends, one of which has fallen in love with him, for all the wrong reasons. The comedy in this film is there by necessity I think moreso than artifice or decoration; if you don't laugh at times at how confusing and hard life can be you can't live it.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best movie I've seen in years. July 31, 1999
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I was totally appalled to read some of the negative reviews of this marvellous movie. I hate to say this, but it helps to be British to understand and appreciate the clever, quick humour, and to be able to relate to this group of college chums -- all of whom, I might add, were perfectly cast in their roles. You could go to any stately home in Britain today and find an identical assortment of friends behaving in exactly the same way. As we are fond of saying in England, it was "spot on" -- wonderfully funny,poignant,yet excrutiatingly sad at the end. Oh, and the background music was terrific!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peters Friends: You owe it to yourself to buy this!!!!! December 28, 2007
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This is quite simply, one of the best films I've EVER seen. First saw it years ago on VHS, and was blown away. Have been searching for it on DVD for so many years, I'd really given up hope it would ever be available. The acting is superb! The chemistry between the cast is dynamic. The music is a potpourri of 1980's classics. And a great story. When I managed for Hollywood Video, this was a film I recommended everyone see, and I will say, without exaggerration, that everyone who watched it liked it. And a LOT of people watched it. Those who were skeptical, walked out with a free rental. And loved it! Needless to say, my store probably lost money on Peter's Friends, but it was all worth it. To spread this film to the public was my mission, and I served it well. Kenneth Branagh created a true masterwork, and for fans of "House", Hugh Laurie is great. Stephen Fry, Emma Thompson, all are great. I am not exaggerating when I say, you'll love it!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely marvelous story, w/t a single flaw... May 11, 2000
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I can't imagine how this film could ever get bad reviews... May be some people/critics were offended by the character of a neurotic Hollywood actress...well, this portrayal is all-true, whether we like it or not. "Peter's Friends" is a heartwarming story of six or seven college friends, brought together by one of them, after ten years of little or no contact. The casting is absolutely perfect. These guys really feel like friends (well, Stephen Fry & Huge Laurie are; Kenneth Branaugh & Emma Thompson, I think, used to be married?). Although this film is very sentimental and talks about many of life's saddest things (e.g. loosing a child, loosing a parent, divorse, etc.), it manages to be exremely funny and witty (British trademark, after all) Sometimes, I was not sure if I was crying or laughing; may be, I was doing both at the same time... You will not believe how funny Emma Thopson and how hearbreaking Kenneth Branaugh and Huge Laurie are in this film! In my opinion, if you watch this film, you can become a bit of a better person. I, certainly, re-thought some of my relationships after watching it...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Great movie!
Published 1 month ago by Shamar
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!!!
Great old movie I love!!!
My husband and I were lucky enough to see Hugh Laurie play with the Copper Bottom Band (which I highly recommend if you love old New Orleans... Read more
Published 3 months ago by K. Burke
4.0 out of 5 stars Peter's Friends are Everyone's Friends
It's far beyond the sobby standards of "Why Did I Get Married?", "It's Kind of a Funny Story", and "Silver Linings Playbook". Read more
Published 3 months ago by Azzan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic cast! Beats The Big Chill by a mile!
Brought back fond memories - one of my favourites with Hugh Laurie at his best! Recording is reasonable quality given age of movie.
Published 6 months ago by Michael Read
5.0 out of 5 stars My sister loved it.
I bought this for my sister from her Christmas wish list. She was thrilled to receive it, especially since, I believe, it isn't easily available.
Published 7 months ago by momof3and3
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny plus a great Jerome Kern song.
Great cast and clever script make this little-known film a holiday treat worth discovering. They gather around the piano at one point to sing a nicely choreographed Kern song. Read more
Published 8 months ago by C. D. Payne
4.0 out of 5 stars Peter's Friends
Overall, a funny yet touching comedy. It was one of the movies I remember really liking in the 80's. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mary D. Blackwell
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice surprise...
`Peter's Friends' is a pretty fun and entertaining film that has the right amount of wit and charm to make the film feel relevant and fresh, even if some of the themes are a tad... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Andrew Ellington
3.0 out of 5 stars Pete' s friends doesn't stand the test of time
First seen in 1992 it was fresh and funny - seeing it 21 years later I had difficulty sitting through it to the end. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Eric J. Donnison
4.0 out of 5 stars Peter's Friends
Fantastic movie, well made, great music, lots of good acting, with a fine & classy British touch. Highly recommended to thinking individuals.
Published 21 months ago by Rich
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