Prick Up Your Ears

Prick Up Your Ears (1987)

Stephen Frears directs this biographical drama focusing on controversial British playwright Joe Orton, revealed in flashback after his murder by lover Kenneth Halliwell. Born in 1933 in Leicester, in the English Midlands, John 'Joe' Orton moves to London in 1951, to study at RADA, and enjoys an openly gay relationship with Halliwell in their famous Islington flat in the 1960s. However, when Orton achieves spectacular success with such plays as 'What the Butler Saw' and 'Loot', Halliwell begins to feel alienated and the pair's future looks increasingly uncertain.

  • Alan Bennett
  • John Lahr
  • Stephen Frears
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  • Release Date: 1987-04-17
  • Language: English
  • Country: GB
  • Runtime: 111

Wallace Shawn

John Lahr

Garry Cooper

Mr. Sloane Actor

Sian Thomas

Marilyn Orton

Robin Hooper

Mortuary Attendant

John Moffatt


Neil Dudgeon


Selina Cadell

Miss Battersby

Margaret Tyzack

Madame Lambert

Julie Walters

Elsie Orton

Sean Pertwee

Orton's Friends

Joan Sanderson

Anthea's Mother

Eric Richard

Education Officer

John Salthouse


Alfred Molina

Kenneth Halliwell

Steven Mackintosh

Simon Ward

Vanessa Redgrave

Peggy Ramsay

Lindsay Duncan

Anthea Lahr

David Cardy

Brian Epstein

Charles McKeown

Mr Cunliffe

Gary Oldman

Joe Orton

Frances Barber

Leonie Orton

Richard Wilson


Karl Johnson

Douglas Orton

David Bradley


Spencer Leigh


Angus MacKay

RADA Judge

Derek Jarman

Patrick Proktor

Michael Müller

BBC Actor 1
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