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Quartet

Beecham House is abuzz. The rumour circling the halls is that the home for retired musicians is soon to play host to a new resident. Word is, it`s a star. For Reginald Paget (Tom Courtenay), Wilfred Bond (Billy Connolly) and Cecily Robson (Pauline Collins) this sort of talk is par for the course at the gossipy home. But they`re in for a special shock when the new arrival turns out to be none other than their former singing partner, Jean Horton (Maggie Smith). Her subsequent career as a star soloist, and the ego that accompanied it, split up their long friendship and ended her marriage to Reggie, who takes the news of her arrival particularly hard. Can the passage of time heal old wounds? And will the famous quartet be able to patch up their differences in time for Beecham House`s gala concert?

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG13
Release Date: 31 Jan 2013
Genre: Comedy / Drama
Running Time: 1 Hour 38 Minutes
Distributor: SHAW ORGANISATION
Cast: Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins, Billy Connolly
Director: Dustin Hoffman
Format: 35MM, 2D

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Watch this if you liked: "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" and "The King’s Speech"

Music lovers, young and old unite again because this is a must watch for those who appreciate love for all types of music. Of course, "Quartet" concentrates on the love for opera but even people who have very little understanding on this particular genre of music can enjoy this uplifting comedy directed by none other than Dustin Hoffman.

It was a pleasant surprise finding out that actor Dustin Hoffman directed this film, and it was more a surprise finding out that this is his directorial debut!

You will be pleased to know that this film isn't like any other music-based film. For one thing it does not involve any teenagers trying to "make it big" in the music business nor is it a musical. It does have music but the movie is all about the lives of the characters.

Like "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel", it contains retirees living their life in an unconventional old folks home. And like "Marigold Hotel", "Quartet" feature the great Dame Maggie Smith in the starring role.

With her in the film, as well as Billy Connolly, Tom Courtenay and Pauline Collins to grace the screen, audiences will not be able to help but root for their friendship.

What was really great about Maggie Smith's character was that she was absolutely flawed. Her career as a famous opera singer has already wilted, yet she still carries a certain poise that looked like she can't seem to let go. Her character was pretty relatable and some of you watching might even feel like you would relate to her more as you grow older. Though her character could have easily been hated by many, the way Smith portrays her characters makes the audience sympathise with her.

Billy Connolly's character is rowdy and really fun to watch. He fits into his role really well and will definitely be many a favourite. He is portrayed as the "troublemaker" of the retirement home, which is hilarious the more you think about it.

While the whole movie was entertaining from start to finish, there was an especially extraordinary scene when Tom Courtenay's character Reggie teaches a class of teenagers about opera, and along with his fascination of rap music, he compares the two genres of music alongside each other, the dialogue was fascinating and it will make audiences think.

Watch this film if you love music (who doesn't?) but if legendary actors like Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly and Michael Gambon don't entice you enough to watch this, then consider this a film you need to try at least once as it not only entertains you from start to finish with their smart comedy, it would give you a whole new insight to the history of popular music in itself.

Cinema Online, 27 May 2013
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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