Prick Up Your Ears

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Prick Up Your Ears ★★★ 1987 (R)

Film biography of popular subversive playwright Joe Orton depicts his rise to fame and his eventual murder at the hands of his homosexual lover in 1967. Acclaimed for its realistic and sometimes humorous portrayal of the relationship between two men in a society that regarded homosexuality as a crime, the film unfortunately pays scant attention to Orton's theatrical success. The occasional sluggishness of the script detracts a bit from the three leads' outstanding performances. 110m/C VHS, DVD . GB Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina, Vanessa Redgrave, Julie Walters, Lindsay Duncan, Wallace Shawn, James Grant, Frances Barber, Janet Dale, Dave Atkins; D: Stephen Frears; W: Alan Bennett; C: Oliver Stapleton; M: Stanley Myers. N.Y. Film Critics '87: Support. Actress (Redgrave).