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Stage Beauty (2004)

Stage Beauty

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

October 15, 2004

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

105 min.

Studio

Lions Gate Films

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

Richard Eyre

Producer

Robert De Niro, Hardy Justice, Jane Rosenthal

Screenwriter

Jeffrey Hatcher

Starring

Story


It's the 1660s, and Edward 'Ned' Kynaston is England's most celebrated leading lady. Women are forbidden to appear on stage and ned profits, using his beauty and skill to make the great female roles his own. But King Charles II is tired of seeing the same old performers in the same old tragedies. Since no one will take him up on his suggestion to improve othello with a couple of good jokes, he decides to liven the royal palace by allowing real women to tread the boards.

In a slightly less progressive spiritm he rules that men may no longer play women's parts. This is good news for the monarch's mistress, the saucy, stage-struck Nell Gwyn. It is also good news fomr Maria, Kynaston's lovelorn young dresser who has been secretly performing at a seedy tavern in lavish costumes borrowed from her employer. It's very bad news for Ned, who plummets from his exalted position as one of the London's most desirable females to become a virtual nobody, virtually overnight. Cast out of the spotlight, Ned seems headed for burlesque obscurity until Maria, now a rising star, takes it upon herself to make a man of him again.

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..just as much a campy comedy as it is an elegant drama..”
by Kathy Cano Murillo [The Arizona Republic]
“..neither as romantic nor as endearing..”
by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]
“..all very interesting..”
by Ed Gonzalez [Slant Magazine]