Stan & Ollie

PG, 98 minutes

 

Laurel & Hardy, one of the world’s great comedy teams, set out on a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. Diminished by age and with their golden era as the kings of Hollywood comedy now behind them, they face an uncertain future. As the charm and beauty of their performances shines through, they re-connect with their adoring fans. The tour becomes a hit, but Stan & Ollie can’t quite shake the specter of Laurel and Hardy’s past; the long-buried ghosts, coupled with Oliver’s failing health, start to threaten their precious partnership. A portrait of the most tender and poignant of creative marriages, they are aware that they may be approaching their swan song, trying to rediscover just how much they mean to each other. (2018, Jon S. Baird, UK/Canada/USA, English, 98 min, PG, DCP)

“It’s a film made with an enormous amount of care and affection. And Coogan and O’Reilly don’t just perform. They resurrect.” — Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald

“It’s a story about the serious side of comedians that never indulges in sad-clown sentimentality. And it intelligently explores the limitations of working partnerships in a way that neither canonizes nor excoriates its famous subjects.” — Alonso Duralde, TheWrap

“The real head-scratcher is how such an endearingly modest, gentle film can say so much with such eloquence about a professional partnership… about the mysterious business of being funny; and about the toll taken by the passage of time.” — Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal


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