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R| 1 hr. 50 min.

Plot Summary
Humble Maria (Claire Danes), who outfits top London theater star Ned Kynaston (Billy Crudup), takes none of the credit for the male actor's success at playing women. And because this is the 17th century, Maria, like other females, is prohibited from pursuing her dream of acting. But when powerful people support her, King Charles II (Rupert Everett) lifts the ban on female stage performers. And just as Maria aided Ned, she needs his help to learn her new profession.

Cast: Billy Crudup , Claire Danes , Rupert Everett , Tom Wilkinson , Ben Chaplin , Hugh Bonneville , Richard Griffiths , Edward Fox

Director: Richard Eyre

Genres: Historical drama

Distributor: Lionsgate/Artisan

Stage Beauty (2004)

Release Date: October 8th, 2004|1 hr. 50 min.

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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Expertly directed by Richard Eyre (Iris) from Jeffrey Hatcher's play, the film is bawdy fun. show more

  • 50
    Carla Meyer San Francisco Chronicle

    The film rarely matches Crudup's performance, appearing confused itself about whether it's farce or drama. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Beauty is about two-thirds the serious-edged romp it would like to be, which still leaves a lot of room for tony fun. show more

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