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The Life and Death of Peter Sellers

Not Yet Rated In Theaters 10/31/2004 , 129min.
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Plot & Details

The often-troubled life of one of the greatest comic actors in the history of the British cinema provides the basis for this biopic. Peter Sellers (Geoffrey Rush) was raised by a domineering mother (Miriam Margolyes) and meek father (Peter Vaughan), and at an early age discovered he liked to hide behind the emotional curtain of playing a character. In time, Sellers put this skill to use as an actor, and discovered he had a great gift for comedy. In the late '50s, Sellers rose to fame on the wildly popular radio series The Goon Show alongside Spike Milligan (Edward Tudor Pole) and Harry Secombe (Steve Pemberton), but as his success on radio gave way to stardom on the big screen, Sellers' ego began to get the better of him. While working on a film with Sophia Loren (Sonia Aquino), Sellers fell in love with the great Italian beauty, and eventually left his wife Anne (Emily Watson) to pursue her; when it became clear that Loren wanted nothing to do with him, Sellers fell into an affair with her stand-in instead. Professionally, Sellers career hits a new high when he agrees to take a role in a picture being directed by American filmmaker Blake Edwards (John Lithgow) called The Pink Panther, and personally he finds a new love with the beautiful Britt Ekland (Charlize Theron). But Sellers' mood swings eventually put paid to their marriage, and while he finds commercial success as a funnyman onscreen, he achieves little in the way of happiness or respect. Produced for the American premium cable service HBO, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers was screened in competition at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.

Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2005 Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Best Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special Christopher Markus Won
2005 Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Best Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special Stephen McFeely Won
2005 Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Best Directing For a Miniseries, Movie, or a Dramatic Special Stephen Hopkins Won
2005 Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or Movie Charlize Theron Nominated
2005 Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Best Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Geoffrey Rush Won

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2004 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Made for Television Movie Nominated

Cannes Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2004 Cannes Film Festival In Competition Nominated

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