Prick Up Your Ears (1987)

Stephen Frears directs this biographical drama focusing on controversial British playwright Joe Orton, revealed in flashback after his murder by lover Kenneth Halliwell. Born in 1933 in Leicester, in the English Midlands, John 'Joe' Orton moves to London in 1951, to study at RADA, and enjoys an openly gay relationship with Halliwell in their famous Islington flat in the 1960s. However, when Orton achieves spectacular success with such plays as 'What the Butler Saw' and 'Loot', Halliwell begins to feel alienated and the pair's future looks increasingly uncertain.

  • Stephen Frears
  • Alan Bennett
  • John Lahr
themoviedb icon 6.8/10
  • Release Date: 1987-04-17
  • Views: 103
  • Country: GB
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 111
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Vanessa Redgrave

Peggy Ramsay

Sean Pertwee

Orton's Friends

Gary Oldman

Joe Orton

Alfred Molina

Kenneth Halliwell

Frances Barber

Leonie Orton

Lindsay Duncan

Anthea Lahr

Julie Walters

Elsie Orton

Wallace Shawn

John Lahr

Selina Cadell

Miss Battersby

Richard Wilson


Steven Mackintosh

Simon Ward

David Bradley


Joan Sanderson

Anthea's Mother

David Cardy

Brian Epstein

Margaret Tyzack

Madame Lambert

Robin Hooper

Mortuary Attendant

Derek Jarman

Patrick Proktor

Karl Johnson

Douglas Orton

Spencer Leigh


Garry Cooper

Mr. Sloane Actor

John Salthouse


John Moffatt


Eric Richard

Education Officer

Michael Müller

BBC Actor
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