• Quartet (2013)


Release Date: January 11th, 2013

DVD Release Date: June 18th, 2013

PG-13 |1 hr 39 min

Plot Summary

Once-popular opera diva Jean Horton (Maggie Smith) creates a stir with her arrival at Beecham House, a home for retired performers. No one feels the uproar more than Reginald (Tom Courtenay), Jean's ex-husband, who still stings from her long-ago infidelity. Most of the other Beecham residents are delighted, and try to convince Jean to join them in a performance of "Rigoletto." Jean, however, knows that she is long past her prime and is reluctant to sully the memory of her once-lovely voice.

Cast: Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, Michael Gambon, Sheridan Smith, Andrew Sachs, Gwyneth Jones

Director: Dustin Hoffman

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Headline Pictures, Finola Dwyer Prods.

Keywords: 2010s, Heartwarming, Transformation, Friendship

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Ella TaylorNPR

    Personally, I'd show up for Maggie Smith's top-drawer basilisk stare if she were guesting on "Sesame Street." show more

  • 70
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    It's a privilege to watch peerless actors at the peak of their powers. show more

  • 88
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    They have the perfect supporting cast, made up of a group of exceptional real-life musicians: retired members of orchestras and opera companies, and a pianist bristling with the suppressed impatience of the longtime accompanist. (To see who they are, stick around for the credits.) show more

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Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy