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Peter's Friends (1992)

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Six former college friends, with two new friends, gather for a New Year's Eve weekend reunion at a large English countryside manor after ten years to reminisce about the good times now long gone.

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Kenneth Branagh
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Laurie ... Roger
Kenneth Branagh ... Andrew
Stephen Fry ... Peter Morton
Alphonsia Emmanuel Alphonsia Emmanuel ... Sarah Johnson
Emma Thompson ... Maggie Chester
Imelda Staunton ... Mary Charleston
Richard Briers ... Lord Morton
Phyllida Law ... Vera
Alex Scott Alex Scott ... Paul (age 7)
Edward Jewesbury ... Mr. Gooch, Peter's Solicitor
Hetta Charnley Hetta Charnley ... Carol's fan at Airport
Rita Rudner ... Carol Benson
Bill Parfitt ... Baby Ben Charleston
Ruby May Musto Ruby May Musto ... Baby Ben Charleston
Ann Davies Ann Davies ... Brenda
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Storyline

Seven friends in an acting troupe graduate from Cambridge University in 1982 and go their separate ways. Ten years later, Peter inherits a large estate from his father, and invites the rest of the gang to spend New Year's holiday with him. Many changes have taken place in the lives of all the friends assembled, but Peter has a secret that will shock them all. Written by Liza Esser <essereli@student.msu.edu>

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There are some friends you know you will have for the rest of your life. You're welded together by love, trust, respect or loss... / ...or in our case, simple embarrassment. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, and for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los amigos de Peter See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$353,610, 27 December 1992

Gross USA:

$4,058,564

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,058,564
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Was originally written for an American cast, but the location was moved to Britain when director Sir Kenneth Branagh joined the production. Ironically, Branagh had just come off of making Dead Again (1991), which had required him to master an American accent for his role in that movie. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, Mary and Roger's nanny Brenda refers to Mary as "Mrs. Anderson", but according to the credits, Mary and Roger's last name is Charleston See more »

Quotes

[Carol is exercising vigorously on the kitchen floor]
Maggie: What are you doing?
Carol: Donkey kicks. I've eaten every thing in the place, and I'm trying to work it off before morning. I used to be bulimic. A year ago, I'd be in the bathroom throwing it all up. I'm much healthier now!
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Features Pac-Man (1980) See more »

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Roger's Coffee Commercial Jingle
Written by Hugh Laurie
Performed by Hugh Laurie, Imelda Staunton, Tony Slattery and John Barclay
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Provocative British wit: a contemporary battle of the sexes
20 June 2004 | by khatcher-2See all my reviews

Good, solid drama in the best British style, replete with witty dialogues, more or less a showcase for Kenneth Branagh to bestow upon us something that is not in the least Shakespearian. Nicely-paced development lets the principal characters ease their way into the proceedings in an orchestrated way, such that there is a fine balance in screen presence as well as in the interwoven combinations of the players from scene to scene, very much in the straight theatre tradition. Therein lies a possible weakness: the film has a straight-jacket feel to it, as though indeed it was too severely and strictly transposed from the stage to the screen.

Very much in the vein of a `battle of the sexes', we have in `Peter's Friends' several couples meeting some years after graduating, supposedly to remember old times. I rather fancy that the ladies win this battle by a slight margin, as the performances by Imelda Staunton, Emma Thompson and Alphonsia Emmanuel manage to pull off a finely-tuned upper-hand over the gentlemen.

This is about the third time I have seen this film - and will doubtlessly see it again. However, having recently seen `Gosford Park' a couple of times, I cannot help marrying up the two films - and thus falling into the trap of comparing them. `Gosford Park' comes out clearly the winner: Altman's masterpiece.


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