The true story of Hollywood's greatest comedy double act, Laurel and Hardy, is brought to the big screen for the first time. Starring Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as the inimitable movie icons, Stan and Ollie is the heart-warming story of what would become the pair's triumphant farewell tour. With their golden era long behind them, the pair 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 (Shirley Henderson) and Ida (Nina Arianda) - 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.
Laurel & Hardy's arrival in Ireland was marked by tragedy, though the actors weren't aware of it at the time. Three Irishmen dove into the sea and swam out to meet the boat when it was about 100 yards from the dock. Forty yards from shore, they slipped beneath the surface and drowned. Their bodies were recovered the next day at low tide. See more »
The epilogue says Laurel and Hardy returned to America after the 1953 tour of Ireland, and never worked together again. Their last stage appearance was in England in May 1954. Their only American television appearance was in December 1954. Their final public appearance together was a filmed segment for British television in 1955. See more »
This is the best new movie I have watched in years. John C. Reilly could easily be nominated for acting honors. The cinematography is beautiful, the sets are believable and the story seems to be an honest account of an interesting part of Stan and Ollie's lives. The best part of this movie is the opening four minute plus tracking scene. It is not quite as great as LaLaLand's tracking shot but still one of the all time best. Laurel and Hardy fans will love this movie. Hopefully it will make youngsters curious enough to watch some of their old movies. This movies uses some of my favorite scenes from Way Out West. Excellent movie.
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