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Courtenay takes all the abuse because he lives his sheltered life through Finney and is grateful for that.
This is not a big spectacle type film; it is a small and personal film that makes a big impact because of the very, very strong performances it has holding it up.
Albert Finney gives the performance of his life as he portrays the role of an ageing Shakespearean actor who litterally gives the last performance of HIS life.
Based on Harwood's successful play of 1980, THE DRESSER details the relationship between "Sir" (Albert Finney), an actor/manager of the old school and Norman, his dresser... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Dr. Laurence Raw
Peter Yates directed Ronald Harwood's adaptation of his play, based on the famous touring "ham" of the British provinces in the pre and post war (WWII) years, (Sir) Donald Wolfit. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Charles Lempriere
This movie is about a traveling Shakespeare performing company in the forties in England with an elderly lead actor who has an assistant called a dresser. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Satisfied Sally
The Dresser is basically a two-person piece equipped with a great script and brilliant actors. The two characters are, "Sir" an aging actor-manager who has spent his life... Read morePublished 5 months ago by L. L. Golden
Finney and Courtenay---who could ask for anything more? The stage play comes alive in this heartfelt, funny, and beautifully-acted tribute to "struggle and survival" in the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Anne A
If you want to see some excellent acting and an interesting voyage into the mind of the characters, this is the movie for you.Published 9 months ago by Joan A. Damico
This film has had a hard time finding an audience in the US, which is understandable, given that the setting is the smallish backstage world of the English provincial theatre. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Calicokid
I first watched this movie on T M C and fell in love with it I was under the imoression that Sir Albert Finny was thr star, but not so , for the movie,s name was the dresser... Read morePublished 22 months ago by marenia mcbride