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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
Sir Laurence Olivier performs 'Brilliantly', the role of Archie, "The Entertainer"!
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.
There is no sentimental side to Archie, who remains unflinchingly flawed unto the bitter end.
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 8 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 13 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 14 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 15 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
As an American, getting a peek at post-War Britain in decline, a look at Olivier as a most interesting character in the person of never-was vaudevillian Archie Rice, and a look at... Read morePublished 21 months ago by calvinnme
This is a really tough film to watch because its so utterly depressing. Its a film about desperation. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mark bennett
If you have ever doubted the sheer genius of Laurence Olivier this is the film to watch. His Archie Rice is an intense and utterly moving foray into the manipulative mind and... Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by ELIZKAYE