Quartet

Opens Friday, February 8
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1hr 38mins // directed by:Dustin Hoffman // featuring:Billy Connolly, Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon

Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut brings together a veritable who's who of great actors for this delightful comedy of (non) manners. Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly, Tom Courtenay, and Michael Gambon play opera stars who were once a world-renowned quartet. Now most of them are residents of Beecham House, a home for retired opera singers.

Every year on Giuseppe Verdi's birthday, the residents unite to give a concert to raise funds for their home. But when Jean Horton (Maggie Smith), a former grande dame of the opera fallen on hard times moves into the home to everyone's surprise, the plans for this year's concert start to unravel.

As old grudges threaten to undermine past glories and theatrical temperaments play havoc with the rehearsal schedule, it becomes apparent that having four of the finest singers in English operatic history under one roof offers no guarantee that the show will go on.

Based on Ronald Harwood's stage play of the same name, Quartet is a wickedly comic film about redefining old age and growing old with hope; demonstrating how art illuminates life and the human spirit remains undimmed even as the brightest stars start to fade.

The Washington Post

"Quartet is one of those movies that looks so effortless, it's easy to forget just how much could have gone wrong." — Ann Hornaday

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San Francisco Chronicle 

"[Dustin] Hoffman, in his directorial debut, has crafted a hopeful movie with a warm atmosphere, but one that's realistic, too." — Mick LaSalle

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