Prick Up Your Ears

Prick Up Your Ears (1987)

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1987-04-17
  • User Rating: 6.6/10 from 86 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 51min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: British Screen Productions
  • Production Country: United Kingdom
  • Director: Stephen Frears
star 6.6/10
From 86 Ratings


When the young, attractive Joe Orton meets the older, more introverted Kenneth Halliwell at drama school, he befriends the kindred spirit and they start an affair. As Orton becomes more comfortable with his sexuality and starts to find success with his writing, Halliwell becomes increasingly alienated and jealous, ultimately tapping into a dangerous rage.

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  • Gary Oldman

    as Joe Orton
  • Alfred Molina

    as Kenneth Halliwell
  • Vanessa Redgrave

    as Peggy Ramsay
  • Wallace Shawn

    as John Lahr
  • Lindsay Duncan

    as Anthea Lahr
  • Julie Walters

    as Elsie Orton
  • James Grant

    as William Orton
  • Frances Barber

    as Leonie Orton
  • Janet Dale

    as Mrs Sugden
  • Dave Atkins

    as Mr Sugden
  • Margaret Tyzack

    as Madame Lambert
  • Eric Richard

    as Education Officer
  • William Job

    as RADA Chairman
  • Rosalind Knight

    as RADA Judge
  • Angus MacKay

    as RADA Judge
  • Linda Spurrier

    as RADA Instructor
  • Charlotte Wodehouse

    as Janet
  • Helena Michell

    as Orton's Friend
  • Sean Pertwee

    as Orton's Friend
  • Liam De Staic

    as Brickie
  • Charles McKeown

    as Mr Cunliffe
  • Selina Cadell

    as Miss Battersby
  • Bert Parnaby

    as Magistrate
  • Antony Carrick

    as Counsel
  • Neil Dudgeon

    as Policeman
  • Richard Wilson

    as Psychiatrist
  • Christopher Guinee

    as Publisher
  • Stevan Rimkus

    as Kenneth
  • Michael Müller

    as BBC Actor 1
  • Anthony Douse

    as BBC Actor 2
  • John Kane

    as Director
  • Steven Mackintosh

    as Simon Ward
  • Garry Cooper

    as Actor 1 – Mr Sloane
  • Roger Lloyd Pack

    as Actor 2
  • Joanne Connelly

    as Stage Manager
  • John Moffatt

    as Wigmaker
  • Philippa Davies

    as Peggy Ramsey's Secretary
  • David Cardy

    as Brian Epstein
  • Julie Legrand

    as Gallery Owner
  • Noel Davis

    as Philip
  • Jane Blackburn

    as Woman in Gallery 1
  • Stella Richman

    as Woman in Gallery 2
  • Neville Phillips

    as Man in Gallery
  • Jonny Phillips

    as Youth Outside Lavatory
  • Richard Ireson

    as Man Outside Lavatory
  • Ahmed Elgheur

    as Moroccan Boy 1
  • Moktar Dagmouni

    as Moroccan Boy 2
  • Sian Thomas

    as Marilyn Orton
  • Stephen Bill

    as George Barnett
  • Karl Johnson

    as Douglas Orton
  • David Bradley

    as Undertaker
  • Simon Adams

    as Undertaker's Boy
  • James Duggan

    as Labourer
  • Max Stafford-Clark

    as Awards Chairman
  • Mark Brignal

    as Beatles Chauffeur
  • Joan Sanderson

    as Anthea's Mother
  • Neville Smith

    as Police Inspector
  • Spencer Leigh

    as Constable
  • John Salthouse

    as Chauffeur
  • Robin Hooper

    as Mortuary Attendant
  • Derek Jarman

    as Patrick Proktor (uncredited)
  • Derek Lyons

    as Library Patron (uncredited)
Editing Mick Audsley Editor
Art Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski Production Design
Costume & Make-Up Bob Ringwood Costume Design
Directing Stephen Frears Director
Production Debbie McWilliams Casting
Camera Oliver Stapleton Director of Photography
Sound Stanley Myers Original Music Composer
Sound Rosie Straker Boom Operator
Writing Alan Bennett Screenplay
Production Zakaria Alaoui Production Manager
Art Philip Elton Art Direction
Writing John Lahr Book
Production Ann Wingate Production Manager
Crew Simon Moseley Floor Runner
Production Lorraine Goodman Production Coordinator
Camera David Morgan Focus Puller
Directing Penny Eyles Script Supervisor
Costume & Make-Up Peter Owen Wig Designer
Sound Peter Maxwell Sound Re-Recording Mixer
Art Ray Barrett Construction Manager
Directing Lee Cleary Second Assistant Director
Lighting Martin Duncan Genetator Operator
Editing Annabel Ware First Assistant Editor
Production Deborah Harding Production Secretary
Sound Tony Jackson Sound Recordist
Costume & Make-Up Patrick Wheatley Wardrobe Supervisor
Directing Michael Zimbrich First Assistant Director
Costume & Make-Up Elaine Carew Makeup Supervisor
Lighting Dominic Seal Electrician
Art Ray Perry Sr. Property Master
Crew John Spottiswood Scenic Artist
Camera Jonathan Earp Assistant Camera
Camera Britt Harrison Assistant Camera
Costume & Make-Up Sally Harrison Hairstylist
Sound Brian Trenerry Sound Editor
Art Jeanne Vertigan Property Buyer
Crew Joan Washington Dialogue Coach
Camera Sarah Quill Still Photographer
Lighting Malcolm Davies Gaffer
Sound Simon Hayter Boom Operator
Crew Joanna Campling Unit Publicist
Directing Adam Walton Third Assistant Director
Art Julie Sheppard Assistant Art Director
Sound Judi Lee-Headman Boom Operator
Sound Katrina Sheldon Dialogue Editor
Production Andrew Brown Producer