A Bunch of Amateurs
|A Bunch of Amateurs|
British Film Poster
|Directed by||Andy Cadiff|
|Written by||Nick Newman
|Music by||Christian Henson|
|Edited by||Mark Thornton|
|Release date(s)||December 19, 2008|
|Running time||96 minutes|
A Bunch of Amateurs is a 2008 British comedy film directed by Andy Cadiff and starring Burt Reynolds, Derek Jacobi, Alistair Petrie and Samantha Bond. In November 2008 the premiere in Leicester Square was attended by Elizabeth II.
A leading Hollywood star is attracted to Britain to play the title role in King Lear at "Stratford" believing he will be appearing at Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Instead he finds he has signed on with the "Stratford Players" in the Suffolk village of Stratford St John. He comes to Britain with his career on the downturn and having problems with his daughter who is an aspiring actress on the fringes of the New York theatre world. The local villagers are somewhat of a motley crew and are naturally delighted to have such an - albeit fading - star playing with them. Reynolds plays a typically brash American with no time for manners, and displays an appalling lack of class, considering himself too big for this lowly setting. The transition to humble actor, happy to play with the British actors takes some time, but eventually Reynolds is reconciled with his estranged daughter and accepts that he is no better, in terms of spirit and enthusiasm, than his amateur colleagues.
- "A Bunch Of Amateurs". The Guardian. 2012-03-07. Retrieved 2012-03-13.
- Laura Collins (2008-12-20). "Queen chooses A Bunch of Amateurs as Christmas film for family at Sandringham after finding it 'hilarious'". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-03-13.
- "Queen spends night with Amateurs". BBC News. 2008-11-18. Retrieved 2012-03-13.
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