February 25, 2017


The Dresser – 1983 | 118 mins | Drama | Colour


Plot Synopsis

The Dresser

An intense and claustrophobic adaptation of Ronald Harwood’s award winning play. The performances are theatrical to say the least; both Finney and Courtney were nominated for Oscars.

Set in England during WWII, this film is based on the experiences of long-suffering valet Norman (Tom Courtenay), the homosexual dresser to legendary actor Sir Donald Wolfit. Albert Finney plays the ageing, boozy actor addressed by his cast and crew only as ‘Sir’, locked in a war of words with his faithful valet whose role it is to encourage and cajole ‘Sir’ to contend with his stage fright. ‘Sir’ suffers a nervous breakdown, cracking up under the strain of keeping his travelling Shakespearean company operational.

Production Team

Peter Yates: Director
Colin Grimes: Art Direction
Kelvin Pike: Cinematography
H Nathan: Costume Design
Rosemary Burrows: Costume Design
Ray Lovejoy: Editing
Alan Brownie: Makeup Department
Alan Boyle: Makeup Department
Barbara Ritchie: Makeup Department
Joan White: Makeup Department
James Horner: Original Music
Peter Yates: Producer
Ronald Harwood: Producer
Stephen B Grimes: Production Design
Peter Yates: Script
Ronald Harwood: Script


Albert Finney: Sir
Tom Courtenay: Norman
Edward Fox: Oxenby
Zena Walker: Her Ladyship
Eileen Atkins: Madge
Michael Gough: Frank Carrington
Cathryn Harrison: Irene

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