A Bunch of Amateurs

A Bunch of Amateurs

Starring Hollywood legend Burt Reynolds, A BUNCH OF AMATEURS tells the story of an ageing actor anxious to revive his waning career on the British stage.  He’s vain, insecure and out of work.  Jefferson’s inept LA agent, in a final attempt to find Jefferson work, is forced to accept the ‘perfect’ role: King Lear at Stratford-upon-Avon.   Jefferson arrives in the UK to discover that instead of a leading role in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at Stratford-upon-Avon, he has been booked to star in an amateur dramatic society in the sleepy Stratford St John, Suffolk.  Culture clashes, embarrassment and comedy ensue. 1.8 out of 5 based on 3 reviews
A Bunch of Amateurs

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Certificate
Genre Comedy, Drama
Director Andy Cadiff
Cast Samantha Bond, Derek Jacobi, Imelda Staunton, Charles Durning Burt Reynold
Studio Cinema NX
Release Date December 2008
Running Time 96 minutes
 

Starring Hollywood legend Burt Reynolds, A BUNCH OF AMATEURS tells the story of an ageing actor anxious to revive his waning career on the British stage.  He’s vain, insecure and out of work.  Jefferson’s inept LA agent, in a final attempt to find Jefferson work, is forced to accept the ‘perfect’ role: King Lear at Stratford-upon-Avon.   Jefferson arrives in the UK to discover that instead of a leading role in a Royal Shakespeare Company production at Stratford-upon-Avon, he has been booked to star in an amateur dramatic society in the sleepy Stratford St John, Suffolk.  Culture clashes, embarrassment and comedy ensue.

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Reviews

Channel 4 Film

Stella Papmichael

Burt Reynolds slums it in this British comedy as a Hollywood has-been cast in an am-dram production of Shakespeare's 'King Lear'. It's not until he arrives for the first day's rehearsal that the great Jefferson Steel realises the Stratford Players aren't based Upon Avon but in a barnhouse on a pig farm in a small Sussex village. That's the joke and it's stretched over a greater distance than the loose hanging skin of an aging movie star.

23/04/2009

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Empire Magazine

Anna Smith

An endearing and, at times, amusing Brit-comedy, let down by clanky dialogue and creaking production values.

23/04/2009

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Time Out

Anna Smith

A Hollywood has-been slums it in an amateur British production: it’s a description that covers both plot and film in this amiable but scattershot comedy.

18/01/2009

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