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Posted by Mark Mander (Member # 340) on December 18, 2018, 04:26 PM:
Just got back from an early showing of the new film about Laurel and Hardy, thought it was very good and quite moving in places as well as funny,well worth going to see,Mark.
Posted by Leon Norris (Member # 3151) on December 18, 2018, 05:48 PM:
Mark, Is the movie Stan and Ollie coming to the USA? I have seen the trailer and it looks good! So far it has not made it over here. Leon Norris.
Posted by Terry Sills (Member # 3309) on December 19, 2018, 01:35 AM:
As a dedicated fan of L&H I would love to see this film. Is Stan and Ollie the title?
Where did you see it Mark? And who played the title roles and were they convincing in looks and acting?
Posted by Mark Mander (Member # 340) on December 19, 2018, 01:57 AM:
I would imagine it will be coming to the US,it's a collaboration with a studio and the BBC.

I saw it in Hemel Hempstead,We were invited to an early showing as we have an upgraded cinema card,my son and I went and we both enjoyed it,all ages were there. The title is called Stan and Ollie and a true story based on a UK 1953 tour. Steve Coogan plays Stan and John C. Reilly plays Ollie and they were both very good,Hardy's make up was superb,Mark
Posted by Dave Groves (Member # 4685) on December 19, 2018, 04:24 AM:
I read that it's being released next week. No doubt someone will pick it up for a Stateside release, especially if it does well here. A few enquiries at a local cinema might alert folk of it's existence across the pond. A friend saw it at the London Film Festival and told me how good it was.
Posted by Joe Caruso (Member # 11) on December 19, 2018, 12:02 PM:
The thing is, that moment of "betrayal" segment, all wrong - Distorts things further to newcomers, sorry I can't buy it - Shorty
Posted by Mark Mander (Member # 340) on December 19, 2018, 12:39 PM:
All explained in the film Joe,I thought about this after watching the trailer,not going to spoil any of it though,all I can say is go and see it,Mark
Posted by Maurice Leakey (Member # 916) on December 19, 2018, 02:51 PM:
Here's the trailer:-
Posted by Dave Groves (Member # 4685) on December 21, 2018, 06:32 AM:
Film is being released in the States on the 28th December and here in the U.K. on the 11th January. Would have likd it to be the other way round.
Posted by Tom Photiou (Member # 130) on December 21, 2018, 06:34 AM:
Really, its BBC film, how does that work?
Posted by Mark L Barton (Member # 1512) on December 21, 2018, 07:35 AM:
Parts of the film were shot here in Bristol last summer. The side street next to the Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol city docks next to the M shed museum, and on-board the Waverleyship. I love Laurel and Hardy, having many titles on super 8 so wonderful to have city associated with this new film.
Posted by Maurice Leakey (Member # 916) on December 21, 2018, 10:17 AM:
Laurel & Hardy played the Bristol Hippodrome in July 1947.
I saw them one Thursday afternoon when they judged the finals of the Modern Venus bathing beauty competition at The Pool in Weston-super-Mare where I lived at that time.
Posted by Lee Mannering (Member # 728) on December 21, 2018, 11:16 AM:
Nice you went Mark.
A entertainer friend of mine went to see the boys in Manchester on one of the UK tours memorable stories. He had been writing to Stan prior. The film will be shown at Stockport Plaza next year and we are getting local collectors together at the screening after all what film fan would not have a Laurel and Hardy in the collection.

The press pack I picked up was very nice for the film.
Posted by Dave Groves (Member # 4685) on December 21, 2018, 01:09 PM:
Tom, I long ago discovered that the film arm of the BBC produces some entertaining stuff and I tend to look out for their productions. I particularly enjoyed 'Suite Francaise' which received very good reviews (picked it up for 5op) and 'Far from the Madding Crowd'. We've watched a somewhat older film 'Her Majesty Mrs. Brown' a number of times and always enjoy it. They appear to co-produce with another company. A member of the local L&H tent saw Stan and Ollie'at at the London Film Festival and said 'You must go and see it. Having met and talked to them and their wives on the train at Snow Hill Station, Birmingham, wild horses won't keep me away.
Posted by Zechariah Sporre (Member # 2358) on December 27, 2018, 12:38 PM:
I am disappointed that they didn't follow Stan's wishes and get Dick Van Dyke to play his part. [Frown]
Posted by Paul Adsett (Member # 25) on December 27, 2018, 01:28 PM:
I can't wait to see this film. I have just emailed The Enzian cinema in Maitland, alerting them and hoping they will be able to show it.
Posted by Joe Caruso (Member # 11) on December 28, 2018, 11:19 AM:
Still don't like the idea of 'betrayal', (Zenobia), when Babe worked without him - It wasn't like that, his contract called for one more film and Stan was having trouble with the studio (Roach) - Creating an unnecessary dramatic moment to sell the film doesn't wash, it creates false impressions on many who don't know and all else - Fraternally, Shorty
Posted by Robert Crewdson (Member # 3790) on December 31, 2018, 04:58 AM:
Audio memories of their visit to Nottingham in 1953.

Posted by Allan Broadfield (Member # 2298) on December 31, 2018, 05:50 AM:
Excellent little documentary. Thanks!
Posted by Winbert Hutahaean (Member # 58) on December 31, 2018, 04:21 PM:
My curiosity, we all knew them as "Laurel & Hardy" but the film was titled as "Stan & Ollie" using their first names, any reason behind that?
Posted by Jim Schrader (Member # 9) on January 01, 2019, 11:44 AM:
Just an FYI TCM is airing a bunch of laurel &hardy shorts next Monday the 7th check your local listings
Posted by Brian Fretwell (Member # 4302) on January 02, 2019, 02:10 AM:
Possibly it is not called Oliver and Hardy to make it clear it is about them, not actually one of their films.

That's the only reason I can think of.
Posted by Lee Mannering (Member # 728) on January 02, 2019, 04:43 AM:
Looking forward to seeing the movie very much.

Another Fine Fest (Stan Laurel Day) in 2018 at his birth place Ulverston UK.

Posted by Mark Silvester (Member # 929) on January 09, 2019, 04:13 AM:
Hi all,

yes certainly looking forward to this movie..although I do struggle as to how much of the funding was provided by U.K. licence payers as if it has I would be expecting a quick TV release for the in essence the licence payer has an investment in it.


Posted by Douglas Meltzer (Member # 28) on January 09, 2019, 09:44 AM:
I saw the film and liked it very much. While it does occasionally fall into certain biopic cliches, the performances of all involved and the film's obvious fondness for its subjects make for a very enjoyable time.

Posted by Lee Mannering (Member # 728) on January 09, 2019, 11:02 AM:
We go this week and really looking forward to it. One thing with the film it's raised the profile of the boys which can only be a good thing.
Posted by Tom Photiou (Member # 130) on January 09, 2019, 03:15 PM:
It's been many years since i went to the flicks but i am going to see this one with a work mate next week. Looking forward to it. I just hope everyone puts there poxy mobiles phones away!! [Smile]
Posted by Lee Mannering (Member # 728) on January 10, 2019, 03:22 AM:
Was on the UK TV news this morning about the film and also a new DVD out from the North East Film Archive including the boys visit to Tyneside.
Posted by Lee Mannering (Member # 728) on January 11, 2019, 02:21 PM:
What a wonderful film we all loved it. I'll be going to see it again.
Posted by Brian Fretwell (Member # 4302) on January 21, 2019, 02:54 AM:
I got to see this film last Friday. A great film, but knowing some of the locations used I found their relocations and the consequent impossibilities of what they were doing re journeys even more fun.
Posted by Steve Klare (Member # 12) on January 21, 2019, 09:15 PM:
I saw it tonight. I'm not sure if it really showed them as they were or not, but it did show them as I imagined them.

-just two great friends.
Posted by Michael O'Regan (Member # 938) on January 28, 2019, 04:16 AM:
We went to see it on Saturday. I enjoyed it, though I'm not sure why!?
I think the two actors were wonderful. All the mannerisms were there.
However, there didn't appear to be anything much holding the whole thing together other than the resentment which, from all I've read over the years, was somewhat exaggerated here.
Posted by Joe Caruso (Member # 11) on January 28, 2019, 08:47 AM:
Like i said - shorty
Posted by Maurice Leakey (Member # 916) on January 28, 2019, 10:13 AM:
One of my daughters saw it last week and was disappointed. She had been expecting The Boys life story.
Posted by Steve Klare (Member # 12) on January 28, 2019, 10:48 AM:
It did some good in my household: the other night we watched "County Hospital" and I got the vibe my wife appreciated it more.

My son has been a Laurel & Hardy fan pretty much since toddlerhood: he didn't even need to go at that rate!
Posted by Paul Adsett (Member # 25) on February 03, 2019, 10:18 AM:
We went to the Regal last night to see Stan and Ollie. What a wonderful film, very funny but also sad. I had the impression that the boys were really exploited by Hal Roach.
Sadly there were only a handful of people in the theater to see this great movie, while the screen next door was packing them in to see the latest CGI garbage.
We came home and screened my S8 print of Blotto which never fails to have me choking with laughter.
Posted by Mark Mander (Member # 340) on February 03, 2019, 10:33 AM:
I still say it, go and see this movie,I thought it had it all,actors were superb and did a great job,good story and more importantly the duo were great friends till the end,so glad in this day and age they bothered to make this,Mark
Posted by Tom Photiou (Member # 130) on February 03, 2019, 01:02 PM:
My Brother went to see this movie the other day, i'm seeing it with my Son on Tuesday, but, (as is often the case), the movie doesn't seem to acknowledge that there last performance together was in fact here in Plymouth,
"On May 17, 1954, the pair made their last live stage performance in Plymouth, UK at the Palace Theatre". This theatre is still standing but has been disgracefully left to rot, it's a listed building.
I never understand why movies sometimes dont put the correct details in.
Posted by Mathew James (Member # 4581) on February 28, 2019, 02:44 PM:
Here is a recent review from the Spec:
"Stan & Ollie ranks as one of the best showbiz biopics of recent years, not because it “explains” the what and why of Laurel & Hardy, but because it’s a touching, gently sentimental evocation of a tricky decades-long working friendship."

Stan & Ollie Review
Posted by Steve Klare (Member # 12) on February 28, 2019, 03:03 PM:
Thanks, Matt

From what I'm hearing: silver disk is due out the end of next month (March, that is....)

I read a biography of them a few years ago. It's not very often you find biographies of two distinct people that are in the same book. Decades came and went, and money and wives too, but they were pretty much constant for each other.
Posted by Terry Sills (Member # 3309) on March 01, 2019, 01:38 AM:
Regarding the comment of the impression that Hal Roach exploited 'The Boys'
I'm sure that is generally accepted that although Roach promoted them to worldwide fame, he also took them to the cleaners monetarily. He also held the rights to all their Hal Roach productions I believe.
Posted by Leon Norris (Member # 3151) on March 01, 2019, 10:51 AM:
That's show Business?
Posted by Terry Sills (Member # 3309) on March 29, 2019, 09:57 AM:
Just seen the film and thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought Stan and Ollie were portrayed superbly and being an ardent fan, I have to admit that it reduced me to tears - some of joy and some of sadness - (silly old fool).
Great film and I would heartily recommend that for anyone who hasn't seen it, to make the effort.
Posted by Leon Norris (Member # 3151) on March 29, 2019, 10:02 AM:
I Agree its a good movie! Well made! A must see for Laurel and Hardy fans!
Posted by Dominique De Bast (Member # 3798) on March 30, 2019, 05:16 AM:
The Laurel et Hardy song (in French of course) :

That will not be obvious for Anglo-saxons listeners but they have, like in their dubbed films when they talk,an English native speaking accent when they sing in French [Big Grin]
Posted by Janice Glesser (Member # 2758) on March 30, 2019, 03:33 PM:
The English speaking accent is so obvious to your ears Dominique. I think it was wonderful that their movies were dubbed in so many languages. Their humor was universal.

I just got to see "Stan and Ollie" myself earlier this week. At first I was a bit disappointed that the majority of the film dealt with the duo's later years. I was somewhat sad to see how their careers wound down. But it did show the respect and dedication they had towards one another.

The acting was spot on and the makeup superb. Definitely a must see!
Posted by Dominique De Bast (Member # 3798) on March 30, 2019, 06:38 PM:
Yes, Janice. With Charlie Chaplin, they are probably the only actors from the silent era still known by young people. I hope to go to see the film as well.
Posted by Lee Mannering (Member # 728) on April 01, 2019, 01:30 AM:
A few of we film collectors are going to Stockport Plaza art deco cinema complete with Compton theatre organ to see it this Friday eve, in my case for the 3rd time. Will be good to see it again with some 8mm collectors.
Posted by Terry Sills (Member # 3309) on April 01, 2019, 03:41 AM:
It certainly will 😂😂😂
Posted by Mark Todd (Member # 96) on June 16, 2019, 04:19 AM:
I just saw this the other day with my youngest son who is 15.

We watched it on my Epson and wow I was really surprised how good it was.

I cried for much of the last part of the film and through the credits.

I suppose we daftie lot feel connected to them.

We are going to watch it again this week. We watched Brats afterwards LCD too.

I have it on 16mm but can`t find it anywhere.

Might do a full on L+H film show this week with him as well.

Best Mark.
Posted by Mathew James (Member # 4581) on June 16, 2019, 06:26 PM:
I cried through alot of it as well. it takes alot out of you if you are a real fan [Big Grin]
Getting old and sentimental i guess. I can't believe how by the end of the movie, you really think these actors are the real deal...They are that good!
Posted by Leon Norris (Member # 3151) on June 18, 2019, 02:59 PM:
Is this film on DVD yet?
Posted by Brian Fretwell (Member # 4302) on June 18, 2019, 03:24 PM:
DVD and Blu Ray in the UK.
Posted by Mark Todd (Member # 96) on June 18, 2019, 05:55 PM: =8-1

Best Mark.
Posted by Leon Norris (Member # 3151) on June 20, 2019, 10:17 AM:
I'll be on the lookout! For this very good movie!
Posted by Steve Klare (Member # 12) on June 20, 2019, 10:21 AM:
I saw it at a local arts cinema with my wife and son: small crowd, seemed like regulars...

They were a little surprised to meet a teenager who is even aware of Laurel and Hardy!
Posted by Leon Norris (Member # 3151) on June 20, 2019, 10:46 AM:
When I went to see this movie the crowd was small! But I enjoyed it any way!

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