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Shot on location on the boardwalk carnivals and holiday camps of the British seaside, the shabby show-biz world is beautifully photographed but never quite shakes off its origins on the stage. It's the vivid performances that drive the drama: Joan Plowright (who married Olivier in 1961) as his pragmatic daughter; Alan Bates and Albert Finney (making their film debuts) as his sons, a next-generation show-biz hustler and a soldier shipped off to the Suez, respectively; and Brenda de Banzie as Archie's long-suffering wife. "You've been a good audience. Let me know where you're playing tomorrow and I'll come see you." --Sean Axmaker
Intense, mesmerizing and memorable film.
All of that is why I can stomach watching "The Entertainer", you know: Thank God Olivier had better things ahead of him after all than poor Archie Rice.
Just as he ignores his audiences, Archie ignores his own family, who would provide an even more devastating critique of his wretched life.
Could barely watch the movie because of poor reproduction - seemed to have been shot mostly in the dark, which of course wasn't so. Read more
interesting portrait of a loser oliver is very good and so is joan plowright another brittish character study well done every scene works its an extremely good movie recommended... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Awesome classic throwback. Got this for my dad to celebrate his coming home from rehab, and it was a great family gathering. Just like old times (minus the whiskey)!! Awesome!!Published 10 months ago by SYLVIA TRAINER
This film has apparently held up very well as the friend I gave it says he loved it. He watched it Christmas night and is still talking about it.Published 15 months ago by Marcie Hoye Cumberland
Sorry, but I did not find this movie that appealing. I was actually bored watching it. I sold it at a craft fair since I thought it wasn't worth keeping.Published 16 months ago by Anna Marie J. Prudente
One Olivier's landmark performances, not to be missed. Too bad it is only available for purchase. This is one of those classics that should be routinely available as a rental. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Albert MacSwigart
I gave this film five stars because it is undoubtedly Olivier in his finest hour.
I recall reading an article in which he stated this was his favorite role of all time and... Read more