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Peter's Friends (1992)

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Six former college friends, with two new friends, gather for a New Year's Eve weekend reunion at a large English countryside manor after ten years to reminisce about the good times now long gone.

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Kenneth Branagh
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Laurie ... Roger
Kenneth Branagh ... Andrew
Stephen Fry ... Peter Morton
Alphonsia Emmanuel Alphonsia Emmanuel ... Sarah Johnson
Emma Thompson ... Maggie Chester
Imelda Staunton ... Mary Charleston
Richard Briers ... Lord Morton
Phyllida Law ... Vera
Alex Scott Alex Scott ... Paul (age 7)
Edward Jewesbury ... Mr. Gooch, Peter's Solicitor
Hetta Charnley Hetta Charnley ... Carol's fan at Airport
Rita Rudner ... Carol Benson
Bill Parfitt ... Baby Ben Charleston
Ruby May Musto Ruby May Musto ... Baby Ben Charleston
Ann Davies Ann Davies ... Brenda
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Storyline

Seven friends in an acting troupe graduate from Cambridge University in 1982 and go their separate ways. Ten years later, Peter inherits a large estate from his father, and invites the rest of the gang to spend New Year's holiday with him. Many changes have taken place in the lives of all the friends assembled, but Peter has a secret that will shock them all. Written by Liza Esser <essereli@student.msu.edu>

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There are some friends you know you will have for the rest of your life. You're welded together by love, trust, respect or loss... / ...or in our case, simple embarrassment. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, and for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los amigos de Peter See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$353,610, 27 December 1992

Gross USA:

$4,058,564

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,058,564
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Co-screenwriters Rita Rudner and Martin Bergman were married, as were stars Dame Emma Thompson and Sir Kenneth Branagh, though the latter pair have since divorced. See more »

Goofs

As Brian is being picked up by his wife, Carol's bags can be seen on the front steps. Carol had already been picked up by a driver prior to Brian's departure. See more »

Quotes

Andrew: So, how's the world of publishing?
Maggie: Fine. Very busy.
Andrew: Any news on the boyfriend front?
Maggie: I was kind of seeing someone. An author.
Andrew: And what happened?
Maggie: He committed suicide.
Andrew: Oh, I'm so sorry. I didn't...
Maggie: It's alright. Honestly. Really. I didn't really like him very much. I liked him even LESS after he committed suicide.
Andrew: How did he do it?
Maggie: Threw himself off a building.
[...]
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Connections

References Top Gun (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Girls Just Want To Have Fun
Written by Robert Hazard
[Incorrectly credited to Richard Hazard]
Performed by Cyndi Lauper
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Very British
8 November 2006 | by richard-1521See all my reviews

You won't find a laugh track. Or even any side-splitting laughs. Its not slapstick, indeed most of the humor is directed ironically at the character who's making the self-deprecating comment. Its not really tragic - its a situation comedy of the old school, with great actors, a reasonable framework for them to perform, and no artificial beginning or ending, just characterization. Like many movies of this kind, you have to bring your brain along and do some of the work yourself. It is, however, an effort that will be greatly rewarded, and highly rewarding. So find the movie, watch it, think about it, and enjoy it. You'll probably continue to do so through many viewings.

And while its not out on DVD in the US, it available out on laserdisc (if anyone still has one - I did for many years). Not much, but its something.


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