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Quartet, a witty film about old musicians in a retirement home

Quartet is a feelgood film that can be seen on BBC One this Sunday (16 August 2020) at 10.30 pm with another opportunity to catch it on BBC Four on Thursday at 9 pm. After that it should be available on BBC i-player. Also available on Amazon Prime Video and DVD and Bluray.

The subject of this film may not appear to have much potential for entertainment – a retirement home for old musicians preparing to celebrate Verdi’s birthday with a special concert, but the frictions, jealousies, and personalities and vitality of the old-folk bring this subject to life.

The witty script is by Ronald Harwood and is based on his play. Quartet is the first film to be directed by Dustin Hoffman. It has a star cast including Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Tom Courtney, Pauline Collins and Sheridan Smith. We enjoyed years ago and will watch it again.

 

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