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Bright Young Things

106 min | Canada:105 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
Comedy | Drama | War
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Stephen Fry
10 nominations
Country: UK
Release Date: 2003-10-03
Filming Locations: Eltham Palace, Court Road, Eltham, London, England, UK
Opening Weekend: $46,926 (USA) (22 August 2004)
Gross: $931,755 (USA) (14 November 2004)
Richard E. Grant
Richard E. Grant
Bright Young Things
James McAvoy
Simon Balcairn
Michael Sheen
Emily Mortimer
Nina Blount
Stephen Campbell Moore
Adam Fenwick-Symes
Stockard Channing
Mrs. Melrose Ape
Adrian Scarborough
Customs Officer
Jim Carter
Chief Customs Officer
Fenella Woolgar
Dan Aykroyd
Lord Monomark
Julia McKenzie
Lottie Crump
Bruno Lastra
David Tennant
Ginger Littlejohn
Jim Broadbent
The Drunken Major
John Franklyn-Robbins
Simon Callow
King of Anatolia
Guy Henry
Alex Barclay
Jimmy Vanburgh
Lisa Dillon
Jane Brown
Lisa Jackson
Mary Moore
Neville Phillips
Imelda Staunton
Lady Brown
Bill Paterson
Sir James Brown
Nigel Planer
Taxi Driver
Peter O'Toole
Colonel Blount
Stephen Fry
James Jackson Ritchie
Arundel Paperboy
Arturo Venegas
Harriet Walter
Lady Metroland
Angela Thorne
Margaret Tyzack
Lady Thobbing
John Mills
Nicholas Le Prevost
Lord Metroland
Ian Hughes
Night Editor
Alec Newman
Tiger La Bouchère
Alan Williams
Mark Hardy
Angry Gentleman
Gerard Horan
Race Official
Tony Maudsley
Race Steward
Nigel Hulme
John Mackle
Mark Gatiss
Estate Agent
Ivan Marevich
Foreign Dignitary
Rebekah Staton
Imperial Hotel Receptionist
Simon McBurney
Sneath (Photo-Rat)
Paul Popplewell
Max MacDonald
Haidée Augusta
Party Guest (uncredited)
Greg Bennett
Upper Class Race Goer (uncredited)
Rachel Brooksby
Party Guest (uncredited)
Stephen Carlile
Henry (uncredited)
Emrhys Cooper
Ambrose (uncredited)
Rachel Ann Courtney
Angel (uncredited)
Tom Frederic
Party Guest (uncredited)
Jessica Hill
Angel (uncredited)
Kate Loustau
Celeste (uncredited)
David McClelland
Party Guest (uncredited)
Martina Messing
Hermione Duff (uncredited)
Caroline Newman
Party Guest (uncredited)
Larry Randall
Party Guest (uncredited)
Annette Roche
Party Guest (uncredited)
Bobby Valentino
Singer in cafe (uncredited)
Anna-Marie Wayne
Party Guest (uncredited)
Natalie Wilcox
Party Guest (uncredited)
Tracy Yarkoni
Party Guest (uncredited)
Did you know?
Interior scenes set in Espinosa's restaurant were filmed in Eltham Palace, London.
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Director Stephen Fry commissioned two contemporary songs from The Pet Shop Boys for the movie - a cover version of Noel Coward's "The Party's Over Now" and a Pet Shop Boys-penned title track. The title track was written and recorded but the director elected not to use any Pet Shop Boys' performances, preferring to utilize only period music in the film.
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The film is produced by Doubting Hall Productions, reflecting Colonel Blount's (resident of Doubting Hall) foray into film-making in Evelyn Waugh's "Vile Bodies", the book on which the film is based.
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A gramophone record of Noel Coward's "Nina" is played in the section before World War II breaks out. Coward didn't record the song until 1945.
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A television aerial can be seen on the right hand rooftops in the external shot of the hotel that Adam and Nina stay at.
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Nina Blount: Oh, dear. Have I been sold again?
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Adam Fenwick-Symes: Oh Nina, what a lot of parties... Masked parties, Savage parties, Victorian parties, Greek parties, Wild West parties, Circus parties, parties where you have to dress as somebody else, almost naked parties in St. John's Wood, parties in flats and studios and houses and ships and hotels and nightclubs, in swimming baths and windmills. Dances in London so dull. Comic dances in Scotland and disgusting dances in the suburbs. All that succession and repetition of massed humanity. All those vile bodies. And now a party in a mental hospital...
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Race Steward: I'm terribly sorry, but only mechanics, judges, and family are allowed beyond this point.
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Photos from cast
Richard E. Grant