Stan and Ollie
USA, UK, Canada | 2018 | 97mins | PG Coarse language
- Directed by Jon S. Baird (‘Filth’, ‘Vinyl’)
- Starring John C. Reilly, Steve Coogan, Shirley Henderson, Nina Arianda, Danny Huston, Rufus Jones, Susy Kane
- Written by Jeff Pope
- Comedy, Drama, True Story & Biography, Historical
- 28 Feb, Thursday, 7:30PM NEW
- 2 Mar, Sunday, 2PM
- 3 Mar Monday, 7:30PM
In 1953, several years after their last film and with their immense celebrity on the wane, Stan ‘Laurel’ and Ollie ‘Hardy’ embark on a gig tour of British seaside towns and music halls. Surprised by the modesty of the bookings and cramped little guesthouses, the tour starts off subdued. They struggle for audiences and their booking agent seems disinterested.
But a series of TV guest spots and celebrity appearances soon rekindle the country’s interest in their genius and the buzz grows as they head towards a big London finale. As the attention builds, so too do old resentments, coming to a head as they’re joined by ‘the wives’, Lucille and Ida (Shirley Henderson and Nina Arianda)” (London Film Festival)
Thanks to the subtle brilliance of Reilly and Coogan, even someone who’s never heard of Laurel and Hardy would likely see how magical these two were together.
Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times
I’m nuts about Laurel and Hardy, but the folks behind the bioflick “Stan & Ollie” clearly adore them more. Blame that love on creating a nice mess.
Neal Justin, Minneapolis Star Tribune