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Release Date: 1987

DVD Release Date: June 15th, 2004

R|1 hr 48 min

Plot Summary
The life and tragic death of British playwright Joe Orton (Gary Oldman) is chronicled in this biographical film. When the young, attractive Orton meets the older, more introverted Kenneth Halliwell (Alfred Molina) at drama school, he befriends the kindred spirit and they start an affair. As Orton becomes more comfortable with his sexuality and starts to find success with his writing, Halliwell becomes increasingly alienated and jealous, ultimately tapping into a dangerous rage.

Cast: Gary Oldman, Alfred Molina, Vanessa Redgrave, Wallace Shawn, Julie Walters, James Grant, Frances Barber, Lindsay Duncan

Director: Stephen Frears

Genres: Biography

Production Co: Civilland, Zenith Productions

Keywords: London, Intense, Dark, England, Love, Forbidden love, Fall, 1960s


Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1987)
Nominated Actor in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1987)