Prick Up Your Ears
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Prick Up Your Ears

105 min
Biography | Drama
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Stephen Frears
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 7 wins & 5 nominations
Country: UK
Release Date: 1987-05-08
Filming Locations: 25 Noel Road, Islington, London, England, UK
Gross: $1,654,743 (USA) Related Links
Gary Oldman
Joe Orton
Alfred Molina
Kenneth Halliwell
Vanessa Redgrave
Peggy Ramsay
Wallace Shawn
John Lahr
Lindsay Duncan
Anthea Lahr
Julie Walters
Elsie Orton
James Grant
William Orton
Frances Barber
Leonie Orton
Janet Dale
Mrs Sugden
Dave Atkins
Mr Sugden
Margaret Tyzack
Madame Lambert
Eric Richard
Education Officer
William Job
RADA Chairman
Rosalind Knight
RADA Judge
Angus MacKay
RADA Judge
Linda Spurrier
RADA Instructor
Charlotte Wodehouse
Helena Michell
Orton's Friends
Liam De Staic
Brickie (as Liam de Staic)
Charles McKeown
Mr Cunliffe
Selina Cadell
Miss Battersby
Bert Parnaby
Anthony Carrick
Counsel (as Antony Carrick)
Neil Dudgeon
Richard Wilson
Christopher Guinee
Stevan Rimkus
Michael Müller
BBC Actor 1 (as Michael Mueller)
Anthony Douse
BBC Actor 2
John Kane
Steven Mackintosh
Simon Ward
Garry Cooper
Actor 1 - Mr Sloane
Roger Lloyd Pack
Actor 2
Joanne Connelly
Stage Manager
John Moffat
Wigmaker (as John Moffatt)
Philippa Davies
Peggy Ramsay's Secretary
David Cardy
Brian Epstein
Julie Legrand
Gallery Owner
Noel Davis
Jane Blackburn
Woman in Gallery 1
Stella Richman
Woman in Gallery 2
Neville Phillips
Man in Gallery
Jonny Phillips
Youth Outside Lavatory (as Jonathan Phillips)
Richard Ireson
Man Outside Lavatory
Ahmed Elgheur
Moroccan Boy 1 (as Ahmed El Jheur)
Moktar Dagmouni
Moroccan Boy 2
Sian Thomas
Marilyn Orton
Stephen Bill
George Barnett
Karl Johnson
Douglas Orton
David Bradley
Simon Adams
Undertaker's Boy
James Duggan
Max Stafford-Clark
Awards Chairman (as Max Stafford Clark)
Mark Brignal
Beatles Chauffeur
Joan Sanderson
Anthea's Mother
Neville Smith
Police Inspector
Spencer Leigh
John Salthouse
Robin Hooper
Mortuary Attendant
John Bailey
Wigmaker (uncredited)
Derek Jarman
Patrick Proktor (uncredited)
Queen Elizabeth II
Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Did you know?
The title is a naughty pun ("Prick" having both standard and off-color denotations and "Ears" being an anagram for the British spelling of a vulgar anatomical descriptor).
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The interior (certainly not the exterior as the real house is mid-terraced) of Joe and Ken's flat was filmed in the actual flat where Orton and Halliwell lived (25 Noel Road). However, the murder at the end is filmed on a studio set.
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The first film of Steven Mackintosh.
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When Joe's agent first meets him in 1964, she asks him how he's been supporting himself. He tells her he's on public assistance, getting £3.10 per week. But new pence weren't introduced until 1971.
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When Joe's agent first meets him in 1964, she asks him how he's been supporting himself. He tells her he's on public assistance, getting £3.10 per week. New pence weren't introduced until 1971. However, in the pre-decimal era, "Three pounds ten" would have been understood as "Three pounds and ten shillings", the present-day equivalent being £3.50. For example, "Maggie Mae", recorded by the Beatles in 1969 but based on a much older traditional song, includes the line "Two pounds ten a week, that was my pay."
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Joe Orton: I always wanted to be an orphan. I could have, if it wasn't for my parents.
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Joe Orton: I take it they
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Counsil: [at Joe and Kenneth's trial] This is the novel "Clouds of Witness" by the noted authoress Dorothy L. Sayers. Could you read what the accused have written on the flap of the jacket?
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Photos from cast
Sean Pertwee