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Stan & Ollie

Country: UK | Canada | USA , Language: English, 97 mins

  • Director: Jon S. Baird
  • Writer: Jeff Pope
  • Producer: Christine Langan; Xavier Marchand; Faye Ward; Joe Oppenheimer

CGiii Comment

What is there to be said about the most famous comedy double act in the history of cinema?

Well...Mr Baird's takes us behind the spotlight, after the Golden Years and into a twilight...with two elderly performers treading the boards to threadbare audiences...dreaming of an elusive, future [re-visited] glory.

This is reminiscence. This is nostalgia. This is a love letter between two men, their intimacy goes beyond any eye-brow raising subtext. They loved each other, it's as simple as that...and stated, without fuss, in one of the film's most tender and understated scenes.

Steve Coogan [as Stan] and John C. Reilly [as Ollie] capture their warmth, their bickering, their mutual respect with an alarming authenticity. These two actors worked hard to play these two iconic characters...and, it payed off! Not an expensive film in terms of budget...but, a wealth of talent has brought Stan & Ollie's story to back to life...with charm and sentiment and showcasing a wonderful friendship.

Quite, quite lovely...and, sad.


The(ir) Blurb...

With their golden era long behind them, comedy duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy embark on a variety hall tour of Britain and Ireland. Despite the pressures of a hectic schedule, and with the support of their wives Lucille and Ida – a formidable double act in their own right – the pair's love of performing, as well as for each other, endures as they secure their place in the hearts of their adoring public.

Cast & Characters

John C. Reilly as Oliver Hardy;
Shirley Henderson as Lucille Hardy;
Steve Coogan as Stan Laurel;
Danny Huston as Hal Roach;
Nina Arianda as Ida Kitaeva Laurel;
Stephanie Hyam as Mr. Miffin's Receptionist;
Susy Kane as Cynthia Clark;
Richard Cant as Harry Langdon;
Rufus Jones as Bernard Delfont;
John Henshaw as Nobby Cook;
Ella Kenion as Holiday Camp Organizer;
Harry Hepple as Wally Brady;
Sanjeev Kohli as Manager of Glasgow Empire;
Julie Eagleton as Irish Woman / Cork Harbour;
Bentley Kalu as Elephant Wrangler;
Lucy Appleton as Audience Member;
Greg Canestrari as Stan's Lawyer;
Rebecca Yeo as Concierge Savoy;
Roger Ringrose as Doctor;
Danny Scheinmann as Jeweler