Stan & Ollie (Subtitled) (PG)



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Comedy (2018)
98mins UK/Can/US

Starring: Steve Coogan, John C Reilly, Danny Huston, Shirley Henderson, Nina Arianda
Director: Jon S Baird
Writer(s): Jeff Pope
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

In 1953, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy tour the UK and Ireland with a stage show of skits that promises to let them "go out with a bang". Theatre impresario and tour promoter Bernard Delfont is more interested in a "bright new talent" named Norman Wisdom than the duo, who bicker about betrayals of the past. Wives Ida Laurel and Lucille Hardy offer moral support as the tour continues and Oliver's health suffers.

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Stan & Ollie (PG)

Director Jon S. Baird calls lights, camera, action on a golden era of studio system Hollywood in his affectionate and heart-warming biopic of the English and American comedy duo, who shared the screen for almost 30 years. Penned by Jeff Pope, Stan & Ollie is a handsomely crafted valentine to a double-act, who earned legions of adoring fans with pratfalls and slapstick...

Stan & Ollie. Copyright: Entertainment One. Caption: John C. Reilly as Oliver Hardy and Steve Coogan as Stan Laurel, directed by Jon S. Baird. Photo: Aimee Spinks. All Rights Reserved.The film focuses predominantly on the UK leg of a 1953 theatre tour, which was dominated by Hardy's failing health. A lean script replays some of the couple's greatest hits including the 1932 short film County Hospital, which finds Oliver in bed with a broken leg and Stan wreaking havoc with a jug of water, a bed pan and a bag of hard-boiled eggs. These moments of nostalgic recreation are joyful and Baird revels in the connection between the two performers, convincingly played by Steve Coogan and John C Reilly, concealed beneath layers of latex prosthetics.

The film opens in 1937 California. Laurel and Hardy are two of cinema's biggest names but they don't command the financial clout of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton or Harold Lloyd because they don't own their pictures. The duo resolve to demand a better deal from Hal Roach (Danny Huston), who has them under contract, and subsequent wrangling for a bigger slice of the Hollywood pie creates a fissure in the duo's relationship. Fast-forwarding to 1953, Stan and Oliver tour the UK and Ireland with a stage show of skits that promises to let them "go out with a bang... in Hull". Theatre impresario and tour promoter Bernard Delfont (Rufus Jones) is more interested in a "bright new talent" named Norman Wisdom than the duo, who have survived the ravages of time. "I think it's wonderful you're still going," coos a London jewellery shop assistant. "Rigour mortis hasn't set in... yet," smiles Stan plaintively. Wives Ida Laurel (Nina Arianda) and Lucille Hardy (Shirley Henderson) offer moral support as the tour continues and Oliver's health suffers. "You loved Laurel and Hardy but you never loved me," laments the American during one lively exchange.

As the title suggest, Stan & Ollie is anchored by Coogan and Reilly, who are fiercely committed, catalysing an old-fashioned bromance that ensures after Oliver's death. They are almost upstaged by a tour-de-force performance from Arianda as Stan's wife, a Russian glamour puss of few words - most of them biting - who stands defiantly by her man, especially for a photo opportunity. "Where do you want me? I give them my good side," she trills excitedly. Baird's film repeatedly tips a bowler hat to its subjects, who got into one fine mess after another so long as it made the world laugh.

- Kim Hu

Stan & Ollie. Copyright: Entertainment One. Caption: John C. Reilly as Oliver Hardy and Steve Coogan as Stan Laurel, directed by Jon S. Baird. Photo: Aimee Spinks. All Rights Reserved.


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- Aylesbury, Odeon Aylesbury
- Basingstoke, Odeon Basingstoke
- Belfast, Odeon Belfast
- Beverley, Parkway Cinema
- Blackpool, Odeon Blackpool
- Bolton, The Light Cinema, Bolton
- Bootle, Odeon Liverpool Switch Island
- Borehamwood, Reel Cinema Borehamwood
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Bridgend, Odeon Bridgend
- Bridgnorth, Reel Cinema Bridgnorth
- Brighton, Odeon Brighton
- Bristol, Odeon Bristol
- Burnley, Reel Cinema Burnley
- Caernarfon, Galeri Caernarfon
- Cardiff, Odeon Cardiff
- Chelmsford, Odeon Chelmsford
- Chippenham, Reel Cinema Chippenham
- Coventry, Odeon Coventry
- Darlington, Odeon Darlington
- Derby, Derby QUAD
- Dorchester, Odeon Dorchester
- Dublin, Irish Film Institute
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dundee, DCA: Dundee Contemporary Arts
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- East Kilbride, Odeon East Kilbride
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- Fareham, Reel Cinema Fareham
- Glasgow, Everyman Glasgow
- Glasgow, Glasgow Film Theatre
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
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- Hull, Reel Cinema Hull
- Kendal, Brewery Arts Centre
- Kidderminster, Reel Cinema Kidderminster
- Leicester, Phoenix
- Liverpool, Everyman Liverpool
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- Manchester, HOME
- Manchester, Odeon Trafford Centre
- Mansfield, Odeon Mansfield
- Morecambe, Reel Cinema Morecambe
- Naas, Odeon Naas
- Newark, Odeon Newark
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyneside Cinema
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- Banbridge, Banbridge Omniplex
- Banbury, Odeon Banbury
- Bangor, Bangor Omniplex
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- Clydebank, Empire Clydebank
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- Derby, Derby QUAD
- Derby, Odeon Derby
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- Dublin, Balbriggan Omniplex
- Dublin, Dublin Rathmines Omniplex
- Dublin, Irish Film Institute
- Dublin, Odeon Charlestown
- Dublin, Odeon Point Village
- Dudley, Odeon Dudley Merry Hill
- Dundalk, Dundalk Omniplex
- Dundee, DCA: Dundee Contemporary Arts
- Dunfermline, Odeon Dunfermline
- Dungannon, Dungannon Omniplex
- Edinburgh, Odeon Edinburgh Fort Kinnaird
- Exmouth, Savoy
- Falmouth, Phoenix Cinema
- Gateshead, Odeon Metrocentre
- Glasgow, Glasgow Film Theatre
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Glasgow, Showcase Glasgow
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Hastings, Odeon Hastings
- Hatfield, Odeon Hatfield
- Hereford, Odeon Hereford
- Hexham, Forum Cinema
- High Wycombe, Empire High Wycombe
- Huddersfield, Odeon Huddersfield
- Hull, Odeon Hull
- Ilkeston, Reel Cinema Ilkeston
- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Kendal, Brewery Arts Centre
- Killyconigan, Monaghan Omniplex
- Larne, Larne Harbour Omniplex
- Leicester, Showcase Leicester Cinema De Lux
- Lifford, Eclipse Cinemas Lifford
- Limerick, Limerick Omniplex
- Lincoln, Odeon Lincoln
- Lisburn, Lisburn Omniplex
- Liverpool, Showcase Liverpool
- Llanelli, Odeon Llanelli
- Londonderry, Derry Omniplex
- Longford, Longford Omniplex
- Malton, Ryedale Palace
- Manchester, HOME
- Mansfield, Odeon Mansfield
- Milford Haven, Torch Theatre
- Milton Keynes, Odeon Milton Keynes Stadium
- Naas, Odeon Naas
- Neath, The Gwyn Hall
- Newark, Odeon Newark
- Newbridge, Odeon Newbridge
- Newquay, Lighthouse Cinema
- Newry, Newry Omniplex
- Newton Abbot, Alexandra Cinema
- Nottingham, Showcase Nottingham Cinema De Lux
- Nuneaton, Odeon Nuneaton
- Oldham, Odeon Oldham
- Oxted, Everyman Oxted
- Peterborough, Showcase Peterborough
- Portlaoise, Odeon Portlaoise
- Portsmouth, Odeon Port Solent
- Preston, Odeon Preston
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Ripon, Curzon Ripon
- Rochdale, Odeon Rochdale
- Sheffield, Odeon Sheffield
- Sheffield, Showroom Workstation
- Sheffield, The Light Cinema, Sheffield
- Shrewsbury, The Old Market Hall
- Sidmouth, Radway Cinema
- Slough, Empire Slough
- Southend-on-Sea, Odeon Southend
- Stafford, Odeon Luxe Stafford
- St Austell, White River Cinema
- Stillorgan, Odeon Stillorgan
- Stockport, The Light Cinema, Stockport
- Stoke-on-Trent, Odeon Stoke
- Sunderland, Empire Sunderland
- Sutton Coldfield, Empire Sutton Coldfield
- Swadlincote, Odeon Swadlincote
- Swansea, Odeon Swansea
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Taunton, Odeon Taunton
- Telford, Odeon Telford
- Thetford, The Light Cinema, Thetford
- Tralee, Tralee Omniplex
- Truro, Plaza Cinema
- Wallsend, Odeon Silverlink
- Walsall, Showcase Walsall
- Waterford, Waterford Omniplex
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- Wigan, Empire Wigan
- Worcester, Odeon Worcester
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