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

Vanessa Redgrave

Peggy Ramsay

Lindsay Duncan

Anthea Lahr

Julie Walters

Elsie Orton

Frances Barber

Leonie Orton

Sean Pertwee

Orton's Friends

David Bradley


Alfred Molina

Kenneth Halliwell

Robin Hooper

Mortuary Attendant

Gary Oldman

Joe Orton

Janet Dale

Mrs. Sugden

Garry Cooper

Mr. Sloane Actor

Selina Cadell

Miss Battersby

Neil Dudgeon


Richard Wilson


Steven Mackintosh

Simon Ward

Karl Johnson

Douglas Orton

Joan Sanderson

Anthea's Mother

Spencer Leigh


Neville Smith

Police Inspector

John Salthouse


David Cardy

Brian Epstein

Charles McKeown

Mr Cunliffe

Margaret Tyzack

Madame Lambert

Eric Richard

Education Officer

Rosalind Knight

RADA Judge

Angus MacKay

RADA Judge

Linda Spurrier

RADA Instructor

Jonny Phillips

Youth Outside Lavatory

Sian Thomas

Marilyn Orton

Derek Jarman

Patrick Proktor

Michael Müller

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